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.
Although they did it the hard way, Portugal secured their passage to Brazil 2014 and thanks in no small part to the heroics of Cristiano Ronaldo. It will be the country’s sixth appearance at FIFA’s flagship event.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal the initiative in their FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off against Sweden with a late header as Paulo Bento's emerged with a 1-0 victory from a tense affair in Lisbon.
Raphael Varane speaks exclusively to FIFA.com about life at Real Madrid, the influence of Jose Mourinho and Zinedine Zidane, his hopes of playing at Brazil 2014 and the role models to whom he aspires.
Featuring Erik Thorstvedt comparing footballers to musical legends, Hans Backe on Lionel Messi defying Pep Guardiola, Usain Bolt offering Gareth Bale help and an Ian Holloway classic.
Real Madrid came from behind to beat neighbours Getafe 4-1, despite Gareth Bale withdrawing from the starting line-up after an injury in the warm up. Cristiano Ronaldo grabbed a brace with Pepe and Isco also scoring.