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FIFPro, the World Players' Union, and FIFA today announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 as part of the 55-man shortlist to be revealed on Monday 1 December 2014. Last year's winner and two debutants are among the five nominees.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands of professional footballers worldwide. FIFPro asked these players to choose one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards who – in their opinion – were the best in their position in 2014.

For more information about the voting procedure, click here

The goalkeeper shortlist

Player (home country, current club)
Claudio Bravo (Chile, FC Barcelona)
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, Juventus)
Iker Casillas (Spain, Real Madrid)
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium, Chelsea)
Manuel Neuer (Germany, FC Bayern Munich)

Shortlist facts

  • Manuel Neuer was last year's World XI goalkeeper
  • Claudio Bravo and Thibaut Courtois make their debut on the 55-men shortlist
  • Iker Casillas was the World XI goalkeeper for five straight years: from 2008 until 2012
  • Gianluigi Buffon was the World XI goalkeeper in 2006 and 2007.
  • Gianluigi Buffon is the only goalkeeper to appear on all ten World XI shortlists since the introduction of the World XI in 2005.
  • Next to Gianluigi Buffon, five players have always been mentioned on the shortlist until last year: Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Andrea Pirlo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney.
  • Petr Cech and Víctor Valdés lost their place on the shortlist to Claudio Bravo and Thibaut Courtois.
  • The five goalkeepers on the 2014 shortlist are from the same five clubs as the five goalkeepers on the 2013 shortlist: FC Barcelona, FC Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus and Real Madrid.

The shortlists for defenders, midfielders and forwards will be announced and published on and on 26 November, 28 November and 1 December respectively.