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Five players from Brazil, beaten 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals, are included among 20 defenders nominated by professional players for selection in the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The World XI will be named at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony on Jan. 12 in Zurich.
Five Brazilian defenders nominated for FIFPro World XI
11/26/2014
 
David Luiz

Five players from Brazil, beaten 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals, are included among 20 defenders nominated by professional players for selection in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.


The World XI will be named at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony on Jan. 12 in Zurich.


All four 2013 defensive selections — Lahm, Dani Alves, Sergio Ramos and Thiago Silva — have been nominated again.


Spain has four nominees, but there are none from the Netherlands, which beat the defending World Cup champions 5-1 at the World Cup. The Dutch closed the tournament with 370 shutout minutes, including beating Brazil 3-0.


Italy, traditionally home to top defenders, is also excluded from the shortlist. For the first time in the poll's 10-year history, no English defender was voted on the shortlist.


Three of the 20 nominees were voted for despite not going to the World Cup: David Alaba of Austria, Branislav Ivanovic of Serbia and Daniel Carvajal of Spain.


Voting was organized by FIFPro, the international group of players' unions which has more than 65,000 members.


FIFPro and FIFA will announce shortlists for midfielders and attackers in the coming days.

FIFA FIFPro World XI nominated defenders by country:

Brazil:

- Dani Alves (Brazil, Barcelona)

- Filipe Luis (Brazil, Chelsea)

- Marcelo (Brazil, Real Madrid)

David Luiz (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)

Thiago Silva (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)

Spain:

Sergio Ramos

- Gerard Pique (Spain, Barcelona)

- Sergio Ramos (Spain, Real Madrid)

Jordi Alba (Spain, Barcelona)

Daniel Carvajal (Spain, Real Madrid)

Germany:

- Jerome Boateng (Germany, Bayern Munich)

Mats Hummels (Germany, Borussia Dortmund)

Philipp Lahm (Germany, Bayern Munich)

Argentina:

Javier Mascherano

Pablo Zabaleta (Argentina, Manchester City)

Javier Mascherano (Argentina, Barcelona)

Other:

- David Alaba (Austria, Bayern Munich)

- Diego Godin (Uruguay, Atletico Madrid)

- Branislav Ivanovic (Serbia, Chelsea) 

- Vincent Kompany (Belgium, Manchester City)

- Pepe (Portugal, Real Madrid)

- Raphael Varane (France, Real Madrid) 

Source: AP
 
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