Ultimate XI

Xavi Claims Catalonia Would Be A Top Team And LOOK AT THAT STARTING XI

Catalonia, the autonomous community in the northeast of Spain with Barcelona serving as the capital and largest city, has advocated for its independence since the Spanish Civil War. With some political and cultural autonomy, as well as prevalent use of the Catalan language, it has also followed suite that the region has its own national football team.

However, Catalonia is not affiliated with either FIFA or UEFA, disqualifying them from participating in the World Cup or European Championship. 

The UEFA Team Of The Year Shortlist Includes A Lot Of Good Players And Joe Allen

The UEFA Team of the Year shortlist has been released. Most of the usual suspects are there (Manuel Neuer is a rather glaring omission). Lionel Messi is there. Neymar is there. Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale are there.

And, um, so is Joe Allen.

Yes that Joe Allen.

Carles Puyol Names Best XI He’s Ever Faced, Omits Cristiano Ronaldo

Having represented Spain 100 times and having appeared for Barcelona in almost 600 matches, center back Carles Puyol squared off against some of the world’s greatest players in a senior career that ran from 1999 to 2014.

The three-time UEFA Champions League winner and 2010 FIFA World Cup champion was himself on UEFA’s Team of the Year on six different occasions, so there’s probably no better judge of talent than Puyol himself.

The Old Firm’s First XI: The Fierce Rivalry’s Best

Twenty-two players will take the pitch at Glasgow’s Hampden Park on April 17 with the same objective: to defeat their club’s fiercest rival.

The so-called Old Firm derby--Celtic v. Rangers--may be one of the footballing world’s most noted--and notorious--rivalries, known just as much for what happens off the pitch as on it. However, some great players have suited up for each of the Glasgow giants. Here’s a “best XI” of players who have made their mark in the memorable match-ups between the two clubs.

The FIFA FIFPro World XI Winners From The 2015 Ballon d’Or Ceremony Have Been Announced

The FIFA FIFPro World XI has just been announced, and as expected it is full of Real Madrid and Barcelona players.

Goalkeeper

Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)

Defenders

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)

Marcelo (Real Madrid)

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)

Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Midfielders

Andres Iniesta (Barcelona)

Luka Modric (Real Madrid)

Paul Pogba (Juventus)

Forwards

Neymar (Barcelona)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

How Barcelona Could Retain The Treble: Rumored Starting XI

Barcelona have won the treble with possibly the deadliest front three in the modern game, and there is simply no stopping them. As Messi, Suarez and Neymar (MSN) now fight against each other in the Copa America, Luis Enrique is busy behind his desk in Spain creating the next squad that can sustain the current reputation. Which, let's be honest, is as hot as the Hindenburg right before it exploded.

Here are some of the possible line-ups Luis Enrique could use to ensure back-to-back championships:

Option 1 – Play Messi Wide, Send In Pogba As Reinforcement

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