FIFPro, the worldwide players’ union, and FIFA today announced the 20 defenders shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2013 as part of the final 55-player shortlist to be revealed on 9 December 2013.
Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is hoping the English Premier League side can get themselves together and start climbing up the table once they return from the international break, in what he feels will be a tough year.
Chelsea extended manager Jose Mourinho's English Premier League unbeaten streak at home by narrowly defeating Aston Villa 2-1 at Stamford Bridge.
Tottenham Hotspur began their 2013/14 English Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Jose Mourinho marked his return to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea manager by beating Hull City 2-0.
Chelsea’s dramatic UEFA Europa League win is a testament to the team’s character at the end of a tumultuous and elongated season, according to midfielder Frank Lampard and interim manager Rafael Benitez.
After a disappointing season at Stamford Bridge, Serbian international Branislav Ivanovic is hoping to redeem the Blues' year with a win over Benfica in the UEFA Europa League final on Wednesday.