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Some emerging stars and seasoned campaigners are in the running for a place at centre-back. The likes of Gerard Piqué and Javier Mascherano had a successful year at FC Barcelona, with the latter performing admirably in an unfamiliar role. Nemanja Vidić was a rock at the heart of Manchester United FC's title-winning defence while Vincent Kompany was an unsung hero as his side claimed major silverware.
Mats Hummels was a lynchpin as Borussia Dortmund finished top in the Bundesliga while Adil Rami was impressive in LOSC Lille Métropole's march to the Ligue 1 title and France's qualification for UEFA EURO 2012. Benedikt Höwedes, Sergei Ignashevich, Thiago Silva and Rolando also stood out for their respective sides but who is going to get your vote?
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