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As promised, FIFPro gives all professional footballers worldwide the opportunity to participate in the election for the 2013 FIFA FIFPro World XI. In Europe, stars such as Lionel Messi and Radamel Falcao are filling in their voting papers, while in Africa the Zimbabwe Premier League players compose their World XI.

 

In Zimbabwe, the professional footballers’ association FUZ is orchestrating the vote. ‘We first got involved in the process in 2011 when we received a total of 50 ballot papers’, says President Desmond Maringwa. ‘In 2012 the number of papers increased to 200. This year has seen us receiving a massive 500 papers to involve more players in the voting process. All players in the Zimbabwe Premier Soccer League will cast their votes and we have extended the voting to the Division 1 League where players have also cast their votes for the first time.’

 

‘We are also proud of the fact that this year's ballot papers have the face of a Zimbabwean player, Edgar Tapera of Harare City who was the first to cast his vote in 2012.’

 

This year Edgar Tapera once again participates, just like his colleagues from Harare City. The club currently ranks second in the Premier League table in only their second year in the top division. One of Tapera’s colleagues is Silas Songani, who is tipped as one of the country’s future stars after a great season at his club. He has already made his debut for the national team, an honour he shares with team mate Maxwell Nyamupangedengu. One of the league’s top goal-scorers is Osborne Mukuradare. 

 

Another rising star is Patson Jaure, a 22-year-old defender from Dynamos, the reigning champions and currently tied with Harare City and two points behind league leaders Highlanders. With five games to go, Dynamos are aiming for their 20th league title. Dynamos boast five players from the national team: Goalkeeper George Chigova, Patson Jaure, defender Ocean Mushure, midfielder and Dynamos' vice captain Tawanda Muparati and defender Devon Chafa.

 

 

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For the latest updates about the vote for the 2012 FIFA FIFPro World XI, check the FIFPro website, the FIFPro Twitter account (#ffw11), FIFPro Flickr, or FIFPro Facebook.

 

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