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World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23

wc buzz2 World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23

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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