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Talking point: Team of the Year 2014

Friday 9 January 2015, 13.30CET
Are the players voted into the official UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2014 the most deserving XI? What have the masses got wrong? Who has been wrongly overlooked?
 
 
Published: Friday 9 January 2015, 13.30CET

Talking point: Team of the Year 2014

Are the players voted into the official UEFA.com users' Team of the Year 2014 the most deserving XI? What have the masses got wrong? Who has been wrongly overlooked?

The votes have been tallied and the official 2014 Team of the Year that you, the UEFA.com users, voted for in your millions, can be found here.

However, there were thousands of votes for players that didn't make the final cut – so now we let you have your say. Are you disappointed that only one Atlético player got into the team despite them winning the Spanish Liga and reaching the UEFA Champions League final? Should Diego Costa's performances have warranted a place ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimović, for instance?

Lionel Messi has long been a fan favourite, but might he have been replaced by Real Madrid CF's pivotal frontman Karim Benzema – arguably in the finest form of his career – or FC Bayern München's Thomas Müller? The Germany forward sparkled in Brazil, firing his side to FIFA World Cup glory.

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Ibrahimović: better than Diego Costa?

Could it be argued that midfielders have been overlooked? Forwards often take the acclaim, yet is another middle man more deserving? Arda Turan, industrious and creative in equal measure, had an excellent year in the Atlético engine room, and perhaps Xabi Alonso could have been rewarded for his integral role in both Madrid's success and Bayern's stunning start. Yaya Touré has dominated for Manchester City FC in a domestic league many consider the toughest in Europe.

What have the masses got wrong? What do you know that they don't? Here's your soapbox. Let the debate begin ...

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Last updated: 10/01/15 13.44CET
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