Thursday November 25 2010
FIFA World XI shortlist unveiled

No fewer than 15 Serie A-based players have been named in the 55-man shortlist for FIFA's World XI, which includes Wesley Sneijder and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The year's 'best team' as such will be officially unveiled at a ceremony in Zurich on January 10, 2011 when the winner of the Ballon d'Or will also be revealed.

Treble winners Inter have the most players from Serie A on the list and are represented by Sneijder, Lucio, Julio Cesar, Maicon, Walter Samuel, Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti, Samuel Eto'o and Diego Milito.

Milan also figure quite strongly with Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Alessandro Nesta, Andrea Pirlo and Ronaldinho in the running to be named in the FIFA XI.

Juventus have just one candidate in Gigi Buffon who by the time he recovers from back surgery will have spent half of 2010 on the sidelines.

In all, Serie A is the third best represented League in the shortlist behind the Premier League and La Liga.

Meanwhile, Italy only has three players as possible candidates for the FIFA XI.

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