–Shortlists world top five Goalkeepers
Super Eagles captain and goalkeeper,Vincent Enyeama may be in the running for the GLO-CAF and BBC African player of the year awards, he is however not rated among the best five in the world by FIFA and FIFPro, the World Players’ Union who yesterday announced the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI 2014 as part of the final 55-man shortlist to be revealed on 1 December 2014.
The Nigerian international has been impressive for both club and country this year and the results have been evident as he kept 22 clean sheets in 38 league games for Lille last season.
The FIFA FIFPro World XI is decided by the players, for the players. It involves votes from tens of thousands professional footballers worldwide. They selectone goalkeeper, four defenders, three midfielders and three forwards.The shortlists for defenders, midfielders and forwards will be announced and publishedon FIFA.com today and 1 Decemberrespectively.
FIFPro and its national affiliates are responsible for gathering votes from professional footballers worldwide. It is the only global award that trulyrepresents the views of those who play the beautiful game.
The goalkeeper shortlist is:
Manuel Neuer – was last year’s FIFA FIFPro World XI goalkeeper.
Claudio Bravo – First nomination on the 55-man shortlist.
Thibaut Courtois (Belgium / Chelsea FC) – He is making his debut on the 55-man shortlist.
Iker Casillas (Spain / Real Madrid CF) -Was the World XI goalkeeper for five straight years (2008-2012).
Gianluigi Buffon (Italy / Juventus FC) -Was the World XI goalkeeper in 2006 and 2007. He is the only goalkeeper to appear on all ten World XI shortlists since the introduction of the award in 2005