FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 15 midfielders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Featuring Luiz Felipe Scolari on why Cristiano Ronaldo should be judged on football rather than image, Zvonomir Boban slamming Mario Balotelli, Zlatan Ibrahimovic self-aggrandising and Marcel Desailly on who he dreaded facing.
Gerardo Martino, Carles Puyol and Xavi have discussed Barcelona's 2-1 loss at Ajax, with the coach urging his team to get back to winning ways against Athletic Bilbao.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino says his side's 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat at Ajax - the first in 21 games since taking charge in the off-season - may be down to a lack of intensity.
Arsenal are on the brink of the last 16 in the UEFA Champions League after Jack Wilshere led the Gunners to a 2-0 win over Marseille, while Chelsea advanced despite a 1-0 loss at Basel and ten-man Ajax stunned Barcelona 2-1.
Marek Hamsik, Dimitri Payet, Adriano and Sidney Sam have all been ruled out of their midweek UEFA Champions League group stage match-ups due to recent injury.