Created on 25-11-2010 at 00:00 AM
Four Bayern stars are in the running for a place in the FIFA World XI for 2010. Aren Robben, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller and Bastian Schweinsteiger are on the list of 55 candidates published by world football’s governing body FIFA on Thursday.
World Cup winners Spain provide the largest contingent with eleven players. They are followed by Brazil on nine and Argentina with eight. For Germany, former Bremen schemer Mesut Özil is also a candidate.
The World XI comprises a goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three strikers. The electorate comprises the approximately 50,000 members of the professional players’ union FIFPro. No German player made it into the global team last year.
Gala ceremony on 10 January
The winners will be announced on 10 January at a FIFA Gala in Zurich, where the top accolade is the Ballon d’Or for the world’s best player in 2010. Five FCB men - Miroslav Klose, Lahm, Müller, Schweinsteiger and Robben are on the 23-strong shortlist announced by FIFA four weeks ago. Louis van Gaal is one of ten candidates for the coach of the year award.
Robben and Munich team-mate Hamit Altintop are also among the candidates for another global award, as both have been nominated for the Best Goal of 2010. FIFA placed Robben’s scintillating solo run and finish in the DFB Cup semi-final away to Schalke in the final ten candidate goals, along with Altintop’s stunning volley for Turkey in a EURO 2012 qualifier away to Kazakhstan.