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)

12 thoughts on “World Cup Buzz Ultimate World Cup 23”

    1. 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

    2. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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.

  2. 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.

      1. So who didn’t put Villa, Mueller or Xavi in their 23? They’re not marked as a unanimous so someone must have left them out

  3. 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.

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