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World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23

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World Cup Buzz podcast host Richard Farley, along with co-commentators the Gaffer, Laurence McKenna, and Kartik Krishnaiyer selected their ultimate 23 man World Cup squad.

Only one England player made the ultimate 23: Left Back Ashley Cole who received the votes of both Krishnaiyer and McKenna. No USA or Mexico player made the final squad. (The Gaffer did select Landon Donovan on his ballot and McKenna picked Javier Hernandez for his ultimate 23)

Here it is, the Ultimate 23:

Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Maartin Stekelenburg (Netherlands)
Iker Casillas (Spain)  UNANIMOUS SELECTION
Antolin Alcarez (Paraguay)
Diego Lugano (Uruguay)
Sergio Ramos (Spain)
Yuji Nakazawa (Japan)
Fábio Coentrão (Portugal)
Sergio Busquets (Spain)
Ashley Cole (England)
Kevin Prince-Boateng (Ghana)
Andres Iniesta (Spain)  UNANIMOUS SELECTION
Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands)
Sami Khedira (Germany)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
Mesut Ozil (Germany)
Keisuke Honda (Japan)
Xavi Hernandez (Spain)
Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands)
Diego Forlan (Uruguay)  UNANIMOUS SELECTION
David Villa (Spain)
Asamoah Gyan (Ghana)
Thomas Muller (Germany)

Others Receiving Votes:

Carles Puyol (Spain)Martin Caceres (Uruguay) Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Netherlands)Landon Donovan (USA) Carlos Tevez (Argentina)Luis Suarez (Uruguay)Fernando Muslera (Uruguay) Winston Reid (New Zealand) Phillip Lahm (Germany) Nadir Belhadj (Algeria) Robert Vittek (Slovakia)Lionel Messi (Argentina) Diego Godin (Uruguay) Claudio Morel (Paraguay)Diego Perez (Uruguay)Maxi Perrera (Uruguay) Gerard Pique (Spain) Jorge Fucile (Uruguay) John Mensah (Ghana)Richard Kingson (Ghana) Mark Paston (New Zealand)Caniza (Paraguay) Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina) Xabi Alonso (Spain) Gonzalo Higuan (Argentina) Dirk Kuyt (Netherlands) Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) Mark Gonzalez (Chile)  Jesus Navas (Spain)Javier Hernandez (Mexico) Fabio Quagliarella (Italy) Luis Fabiano (Brazil)

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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12 Responses to World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23

  1. A says:

    no one voted for Michael Bradley? Bossed the midfield every game he played.

    • The Gaffer says:

      A, I voted for Landon Donovan. To me, it was a toss up between Donovan and Bradley for the spot, but I had to pick one and I went with Donovan (only by a whisker).

      The Gaffer

    • Kartik Krishnaiyer says:

      I actually voted for Bradley and will admittedly pulled him out at the last minute to make room for another player, I had overlooked. Donovan was not considered by me, he wasn’t one of the top 50 players in this tournament.

  2. aol says:

    Gotta remember that the U.S. went out in the Round of 16 and only led for 3 minutes out of 300 minutes of play. That, to me, would be why Bradley and/or Donovan would be prevented from being in the Top 23.

    • Mark says:

      By that logic Ashley Cole would probably be excluded as well. Especially as a defender in a team that got hammered 4 – 1.9

      I’m ambivalent on Donovan or Bradley being in the top 23, but they still had good tournaments. Donovan probably gets the nod for 3 goals (one was a PK) in 4 games.

  3. Mark says:

    After all the hype I’m shocked that Alonso wasn’t a unanimous suggestion.

    OK all kidding aside, not a mention for Enyema for winning his personal duel with Messi in the opening round or Mascherano for holding the Argentine midfield together and shielding a terrible back line? How did Quagliarella get a vote, didn’t he only play about 20 minutes of one game. It was a nice goal, but c’mon. And Gonzalez over Sanchez for Chile? Pepe Reina should get a mention just for his emceeing job on the Spanish celebration. Oh well, at least Kuyt made the 23 and got additional votes :)

    Great work to everyone on the podcast. it was a real treat.

  4. unclesand says:

    can’t believe that you thought ashley cole had a better world cup than jorge fucile and that there is no place in your selection for the outstanding diego perez.

    uruguay were the team of the tournament – a welcome return for the first ever world champions. amazing that a country of 3.5 million has achieved what it has done throughout the history of the game.

  5. unclesand says:

    does anyone know when FIFA is going to announce their official all-star selection?

  6. tonyspeed says:

    this list is a farce. noone said maicon or robinho. smh.

  7. Bryt says:

    What About Vincent Enyima of Nigeria who was the man of the match in all the 3 matches he played.

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