TOUCHLINE UI: TOUCHLINE UI TEAM OF THE YEAR

Merry Christmas Everyone! Today is Boxing Day, the day of giving. TOUCHLINE UI, in our little way gives our highly esteemed readers our WORLD XI for the year 2013 because you deserve the best. The following have been the stand out performers in their respective positions this year. The 4-3-3 formation has been adopted.

GOALKEEPER

MANUEL NEUER (BAYERN MUNCHEN & GERMANY)

neuer

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • DFL-Super cup
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA Champions League

2013/2014 season (till date)

  •   European Super Cup
  •   FIFA  Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He kept an incredible 18 clean sheets in just 31 league matches.
  • He conceded 18 goals in the league which is a Bundesliga record.
  • He conceded a total number of 43 goals and kept 32 clean sheets in 61 games in all competitions (club and country)

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • In 30 games between the sticks in all competitions (club and country), he has conceded 20 goals and kept 16 clean sheets.

MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • The 27 year old conceded just 18 goals in Germany’s top flight in 2012/13, breaking the record previously held by former FCB and Germany legend Oliver Kahn (21 in 2007/08).
  • He also reached a personal milestone in September when he became the youngest player to reach 100 Bundesliga clean sheets.

RIGHT BACK

 PHILLIP LAHM (BAYERN MUNCHEN & GERMANY)

Lahm

 

 

 

 

 

 HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • DFL-SUPER CUP
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • European Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • In a total number of 58 games for both club and country, he had a total number of 22 assists, the most by any right-back.

2013/2014 season

  • In 27 games played for both club and country, he already has 6 assists to his name

MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • He had the highest number of assists by a defender in the 2012/2013 Bundesliga(11)
  • He won his 100th cap for Germany against Austria on the 6th of September, 2013.

CENTRAL DEFENCE (RIGHT)

THIAGO SILVA (PARIS SAINT GERMAIN &BRAZIL)

Thiago Silva

 

 

 

 

 

 HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • French Ligue 1
  • FIFA Confederations CUP

HONOURS

2013/2014 season (till date)

Trophee des Champions

 STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He made a total 46 appearances for club and country, scored 3 goals with an assist to his name
  • Out of the 23 clean sheets Paris Saint Germain kept in the league last season, 14 were kept in matches Thiago Silva played. He made 22 league appearances.

 2013/2014 season

  • He has made 27 appearances for both club and country and has scored 3 goals.

MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • 2012/2013 Ligue 1 Team of the Season
  • 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Team of the Tournament

CENTRAL DEFENCE (LEFT)

DANTE (BAYERN MUNCHEN & BRAZIL)

dante

 

 

 

 

 

 HONOURS

 2012/2013 season

  • DFL-Super cup
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA Champions League
  • FIFA Confederations Cup

 2013/2014 season (till date)

  • European Super Cup
  • Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He made 50 appearances for both club and country last season, scored 2 goals with 3 assists to his name.

2013/2014 season

  • He has so far made 30 appearances with 2goals and 5 assists to his name.

LEFT BACK

 DAVID OLATOKUNBO ALABA (BAYERN MUNCHEN & AUSTRIA)

David Alaba on the right

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • DFL-Super cup
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA Champions League

HONOURS

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • European Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • In 48 games for club and country, the 21 year old scored 11 goals and had 9 assists to his name.

2013/2014 season

  • In 29 games so far for both club and country, He has found the back of the net 3 times and has 6 assists to his name.

MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHEIVEMENTS

  • Austrian Player of the Year
  • Highest scoring defender in the World Cup Qualifier(UEFA) with 6 goals

CENTRAL MIDFIELD

(BOX-TO-BOX)

ARTURO VIDAL (JUVENTUS AND CHILE)

Arturo Vidal

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • Italian Serie A
  • Supercoppa Italiana

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • Supercoppa Italiana

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He scored 15 goals and had 12 assists in 48 appearances for both club and country

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • He has so far played 25 games for both club and country to which he has 12 goals and 5 assists.

 MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Fastest goal in the 2012/2013 Serie A season against Inter Milan-18 seconds(3rd November 2012)

DEEP-LYING MIDFIELDER

BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (Bayern Munchen and Germany)

Bastian Schweinsteiger

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • DFL-SUPER CUP
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • European Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He played a total of 50 games for both club and country; found the back of the net 9 times and had a total of 14 assists.

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • He has appeared 17 times for the Bavarians, scored 2 goals and assisted his team mates twice.
  • MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
  • He won his 100th cap for his country on the 15th of October, 2013 against Sweden
  • On the 28th July, 2013, he won the 2013 German Player of the year.

ADVANCED MIDFIELDER

FRANK RIBERY (Bayern Munchen and France)

Frank Ribery

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • DFL-Super Cup
  • German Bundesliga
  • DFB POKAL
  • UEFA Champions League

 2013/2014 season (till date)

  • European Super Cup
  • FIFA Club World Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • In the league, he scored 10 goals and had 15 assists in 27 matches.
  • He played a total of 55 games for club and country, found the back of the net 16 times and had a total number of 29 assists to his name.

 2013/2014 season (till date)

  • In the league, he has scored 6 goals and has 9 assists in just 13matches for the German giants.
  • He has so far featured 27 times for both club and country and has 13 goals and 14 assists to his name.

 MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Highest number of assists in the 2012/2013 German Bundesliga with 15
  • He is currently on 7 assists in the 2013/2014 German Bundesliga which is the highest of any player in the league.
  • Bundesliga Player of the Year 2013
  • UEFA PLAYER OF THE YEAR
  • CLUB WORLD CUP PLAYER OF THE TOURNAMENT
  • On the 11th of December, 2013, Ribery was named French Player of the Year.

FORWARDS

 LIONEL MESSI (Barcelona and Argentina

Lionel Messi

 

 

 

 

 

 HONOURS

2012/2013 season

  • Spanish La Liga

2013/2014 season

  • Spanish Super Cup

STATS

2012/2013 season

  • In the La Liga, he scored 46 and had a further 14 assists in just 32 league games.
  • He played 54 games for both club and country, found the back of the net 64 times and assisted his team mates 20 times.

2013/2014 season (till date)

  • In 16 appearances for Barcelona this season, He has scored 14 goals and created 4 for his team mates.

 MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • He won the Pichichi award for finishing top scorer with 46 goals in the 2012/2013 Spanish League season.
  • Messi’s hat-trick against Guatemala on the 15th of June saw him move ahead of Diego Maradona in all time goal-scoring charts to 35. He is now on 37 goals, 19 shy of legend, Gabriel Batistuta just at the age of 26.

 ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC (Paris Saint Germain and Sweden)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

 French Ligue 1

2013/2014 season

  • Trophee des Champions

 STATS

2012/2013 season

  • In a total of 58 games played for club and country, he found the back of the net 45 times and had 22 assists.

2013/2014 season

  • He’s so far made 27 appearances for both club and country, scored 28 goals and has 8 assists to his name.
  • He is currently the highest goal scorer in the French Ligue 1 with 15goals in 18 matches.

 MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Highest Goal Scorer in the 2012/2013 Ligue 1 season with 30 goals in 34 appearances.
  • 2012/2013 Ligue 1 Team of the Season
  • He had 7 assists in the 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League which was the highest of any player.
  • He won the Guldbollen (the Golden Ball) on the 12th of November. It is an award given to the best player in Sweden. This latest feat makes him the first player to win the award 8 times(2005, 2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012,2013)
  • He scored the fastest goal of the 2012/2013 Ligue 1 season (27 seconds) against Lille on the 2nd day of November, 2012.

CRISTIANO RONALDO (Real Madrid and Portugal)

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

 

 

 

 

HONOURS

2012/2013 season

 Spanish Super Cup

 2013/2014 season (till date)

  • None till date

 STATS

2012/2013 season

  • He scored a total of 62 goals and had 17 assists for both club and country in 66 appearances.

2013/2014 season

  • He has so far made 24 appearances for both club and country and has found the back of the net 32 times (18 in the league). He also has 8 assists to his name .
  • MAJOR INDIVIDUAL RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS 
  • He finished top scorer in the 2012/2013 UEFA Champions League with 12 goals.
  • He has found the back of the net 69 times this year beating his previous mark of 63.He achieved the feat in just 57 games for Madrid and Portugal.
  • His treble against Sweden in the World Cup playoff saw him reach 47 international goals and equal the Portuguese record held by Pauleta.
  • He’s currently the top scorer in this season’s UEFA Champions League with 9 goals; which is a record for number of goals scored in the group stage beating the previous mark of 8 set by Heraan Crespo, Ruud Van NIstelrooy, Fillippo Inzaghi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
  • Up till this year, Ronaldo had never scored a hat-trick for Portugal. He now has two; against Northern Ireland in Belfast during the Qualifiers and against Sweden in the World Cup play-off.
  • His strike at Juventus in this season Champions League was his 14th this year, which beat Messi’s tally of 13 from last year.

SUBSTITUTES

  • Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (A.Madrid/Chelsea & Belgium)
  • Defenders Pablo Zabaleta (Man City & Argentina), David Luiz (Chelsea & Brazil), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund & Germany) and Leighton Baines (Everton &England).
  • Midfielders Andres Iniesta (Barcelona & Spain), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund & Germany) and Arjen Robben (Bayern Munchen & Netherlands).
  • Forwards Neymar (Barcelona & Brazil), Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund & Poland) and Gareth Bale (Real Madrid & Wales).

 Coach of the Year: JUUP HEYNCKES(won the treble with Bayern Muncheen 2012/2013 season)

juup

 

 

 

 

 

Kindly give us your team of the year

What’s your take on the team?

Enjoy the holidays!

 

 

 

 

 

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8 thoughts on “TOUCHLINE UI: TOUCHLINE UI TEAM OF THE YEAR

  1. Nt a bad selectn bt i wil differ in sm of d choices u made..Using Ribery as a number 10 doesnt sound 2 kul to me.I undastand d dilemma though as u nided to accomodate d quadruple of Leo,Ibra,Ribery & Ronaldo..My selectn 4 d team of d yr wil go thus:Neuer,lahm,t.silva,dante,alaba,schweintenger,martinez,Gundogan,Ribery,Zlatan,Ronaldo…..My subs 4 each positn wil b: Weindenfeller,Zabaleta,Varane,Luiz,Chellini,Vidal,Iniesta,T.Kross,Muller,Messi & Lewy….Juup is clearly d coach of d yr..

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  2. Well,I dare not give you my team of the year,I don’t even have one.But I would lyk to say say Neuer deserves his place,as well as C Ron-7.And thanx for including my cousin,Ibrahimovic,in the first eleven-he sure deserves it,in my opinion.And I can understand if u leave my other cousin (Robben) sitting on the bench as a sub.And I really don-t know what I’d have done if I didn’t find Alaba on that list-I was specifically watching out for his name.And finally,I think no one would dispute it that Juup’s the coach of the year.He really was amazing this past season.That’s my take.

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  3. Dz is a good piece of brilliance…ma team 4-2-3-1-Weidenfeller,Lahm,Alaba,Thiago Silva,David Luiz,Gundogan,Schweinsteiger,Ronaldo,Messi,Ribery,Ibrahimovic

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