The Off The Post World XI
Our pick of the world’s footballing talent
Chris at Twofootedtackle has challenged Off The Post and a host of other football blogs to come up with our World XI. A blog equivalent of a chain letter? Perhaps, but we are suckers for talking football. Now, as you may have noticed, we are not ones for taking the beautiful game too seriously so our World XI would probably look a bit like this:
But, in the interest of fair play, we thought we better compile our thoughts on the best players in the world too…
A bit about my team: It’s not a great deal like I imagined it would look like, but here we go. Iker Casillas just about gets the nod over Edwin Van Der Sar purely on the basis that there three-quarters of United’s back-four is in the team and Iker does a fantastic job with a defence that is not as rocksteady as Edwin’s.
I thought about removing a United defender or two to avoid it looking like a cop out, but I honestly don’t think there is anyone playing as well in their positions at the minute.
I was going to stick to the trusty 4-4-2, but there is such a splendid array of midfield talent available at the moment that I couldn’t resist. And let’s face it, goals shouldn’t be a problem with Steven Gerrard, Kaka, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in midfield. I don’t think this side needs a holding player, but Gerrard is capable of playing there if necessary and Xavi could always drop deep and create play from there.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a strong contender to go up front but my decision to go with just one striker (plus the fact his name didn’t fit on the graphic properly) meant Fernando Torres got the nod.
I’m trying to think of people Chris hasn’t already tagged with this, so I’ll go for:
Spanish Football & Sports
The Beautiful Game
The rather aptly-named The Best Eleven
View From The Terraces
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