Fifteen Midfielders Nominated For FIFA FIFPro World XI

FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 (see list below) as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed at 17.00 (CET) on 1 December 2014.  After the unveiling of the five goalkeepers and 20 defenders who made the shortlist, the 15 midfielders to be added to it are now also known.  The shortlist will be completed by the 15 forwards to be announced and published on FIFA.com on 1 December.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide.  They select one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.  FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide.  It is the only global award that truly represents the views of those who play the beautiful game.

For more information on the voting procedure can be found on the FIFPro website.

The midfielder shortlist is: (home country / club)

Xabi Alonso (Spain/Bayern Munich); Angel Di Maria (Argentina/Manchester United); Cesc Fabregas (Spain/Chelsea); Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea); Xavi Hernandez (Spain/Barcelona); Andres Iniesta (Spain/Barcelona); Toni Kroos (Germany/Real Madrid); Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid); Mesut Oezil (Germany/Arsenal); Andrea Pirlo (Italy/Juventus); Paul Pogba (France/Juventus); James Rodriguez (Colombia/Real Madrid); Bastian Schweinsteiger  (Pictured) (Germany/Bayern Munich); Yaya Toure (Ivory Coast/Manchester City); Arturo Vidal (Chile/Juventus).

Find more information on the defenders on FIFA.com and make your own prediction:http://www.fifa.com/ballondor/world11/index.html

Link for mobile devices: http://m.fifa.com/ballondor/world11/index.html

The nominees for the following awards will be announced live on www.FIFA.com,www.francefootball.fr and YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/fifatv) on 1 December (17.00, CET): FIFA Ballon d’Or, FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year, FIFA World Coaches of the Year for Men’s and Women’s Football, FIFA FIFPro World XI, and FIFA Puskás Award.

The final FIFA FIFPro World XI will then be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or award ceremony at the Kongresshaus in Zurich on 12 January 2015.  During the televised ceremony, the winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player of 2014 and the winner of the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year 2014 award will also be revealed, while the FIFA World Coach of the Year awards for men’s and women’s football will be presented for the fifth time.  The FIFA Puskás Award for the best goal of the year, the FIFA Presidential Award, and the FIFA Fair Play Award will also be presented during the award ceremony.