Di Maria and Schw einsteiger on W orld XI short lis t
PARIS — A short lis t of 15 midfielders from whom thr ee will be select ed f or a World XI w as r eleased by f ootball’s world g overning bod y F ifa y esterday.
The World XI t eam, which is v oted for b y t ens of thousands of pla yers worldwide, is to be presented at the Fifa Ballon d’Or award ceremony on J anu ary 12.
All of those on the lis t were stars of the 201 4 W orld C up, including t op scorer J ames R odriguez of C olombia, plus Angel di Maria of beaten finalists Argentina and B astian Sch weinsteiger of the champions German y.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will feature on the list of strikers to be revealed on Dec ember 1, w hile candidates f or the g oalkeeper position and defenders ha ve alr eady been r eleased.
— S apaAFP. X abi Alons o (E sp/Bayern Munich), Ang el Di Maria ( Arg/Manchester United), C esc F abregas (E sp/Chelsea), E den Haz ard (Bel/ Chelsea), X avi (E sp/Barcelona), Andr es Iniesta (E sp/Barcelona), T oni K roos ( Ger/Real Madrid), Luk a Modric ( Cro/Real Madrid), Me sut Ozil (Ger/Arsenal), Andr ea Pirlo (It a/Juventus), P aul Pogba (F ra/Juventus), Jame s R odriguez ( Col/Real Madrid), Bas tian Schw einsteiger ( Ger/Bayern Munich), Y aya T oure (IC oast/Manchester Cit y), Arturo Vidal ( Chi/Juventus)