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In two months we will know which eleven players have been selected by their peers for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI. With the voting deadline in sight – Monday November 17th – and ballots arriving in bunches and batches, FIFPro shines a light on several countries: today Argentina and Brazil.

The two biggest footballing countries in South America, Argentina and Brazil, hope that some of their players will receive the highly desired distinction. There appear to be some candidates, with Brazil reaching the semifinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Argentina being very close to winning the world title.

Both countries might be super powers in football, but in the past decade Brazil has welcomed far more World XI awards than Argentina. In total nine Brazilian players lifted the award (Ronaldinho, Dida, Cafú, Kaká, Dani Alves, Maicon, Lúcio, Marcelo and Thiago Silva), while only one player from neighbouring Argentina was decorated: Lionel Messi.

Also this year, Brazil has a handful of candidates to make it to the World XI, even though they experienced a disappointing 2014 World Cup. Last year's winners, Thiago Silva and Dani Alves, still have many fans, while Marcelo, David Luiz, Miranda and of course Neymar are often mentioned on the ballots. Two players from the Brazilian league are quite popular: Dede (Cruzeiro) and Paulo Henrique Ganso (São Paulo).


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Lionel Messi might have been the only player to have earned a World XI trophy, but Argentina has various footballers who have a decent chance to at least make this year's 55-player shortlist, and who might even end up on stage in Zurich on Monday January 12th: Sergio Agüero, Ángel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Pablo Zabaleta, Ezequiel Garay and Marcos Rojo.

In Argentina and Brazil, the players associations are collecting the votes. The Argentinian players association FAA welcomed voting players to their office in Buenos Aires, among others Mauro Matos, player of San Lorenzo de Almagro, winners of the 2014 Copa Libertadores. In the final against Paraguay's Nacional, the 32-year old attacker scored in the away match (1-1), and only one week later San Lorenzo won the return match (1-0) and the Copa.

More FIFPro World XI photos on flickr

Assisted by its member unions, FIFPro collects photos of players participating in the vote for the 2014 FIFA FIFPro World XI. All published photos can be seen on FIFPro's flickr web page

The FIFA FIFPro World XI

Each year FIFPro, the World Players' Union, invites all professional footballers in the World to vote for the FIFA FIFPro World XI. The players can select the eleven best players in their team, which consists of one goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three attackers. On Monday January 12th 2015, during the FIFA Ballon d'Or, FIFA and FIFPro will unveil the eleven players who have received the most votes.


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