UEFA’s Team Of The Year As Voted For By Fans Has Been Announced
UEFA have announced their Fans' Men's Team of the Year 2020 - and it's a team dominated by Bayern Munich but with a bizarre formation.
No surprise to see five players who played for the Bundesliga giants in 2020 included, given the way Bayern conquered Europe on their way to a Treble.
However just ONE player from Liverpool's 2019/20 Premier League-winning side appeared - with the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Alisson all missing out.
Also, we're not quite sure how you fit Bayern's No 9 Robert Lewandowski into a team alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar - who all got into UEFA's Europe-based XI. Not a great deal of tracking back but plenty of goals, we suppose.
That left space for only two conventional midfielders - and one of those is a controversial choice. Spain international Thiago Alcantara, who joined Liverpool in the summer, won enough votes to be included.
But - despite Thiago's undoubted skill - he wasn't always a first choice at Bayern last season, with a trio of Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich (when not at right-back) often preferred in the middle.
No controversy about the other midfield spot, however, as it's taken by Manchester City's 2020 PFA Player of the Year, Kevin De Bruyne.
The defence also has a regular shape to it with Manuel Neuer in goal, Kimmich and Alphonso Davies as full-backs, plus Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos as the central defenders.
Midfielders who missed out include Muller, Goretzka, Bayern winger Serge Gnabry, Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson and Real Madrid playmaker Toni Kroos.
The full UEFA fan's men's team of 2020 is below.
GK: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
RB: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
CB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
CB: Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool)
LB: Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich)
CM: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich/Liverpool)
CM: Kevin De Bruyne (Man City)
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
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FW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
FW: Neymar (PSG)
FW: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
UEFA also released a Fans' Women's Team of the Year for the very first time and it was unsurprisingly dominated by Olympique Lyonnais: the superpower of the women's game.
Lucy Bronze, who rejoined Manchester City from Lyon in 2020, naturally owns the right-back spot but is the only England player present.
However Chelsea boast two entries in the form of Swede Magdalena Eriksson and Danish superstar Pernille Harder. Arsenal's Dutch ace Danielle van de Donk also takes up a spot - while Norway's Ada Hegerberg misses out after an ACL injury wrecked her 2020.
The full UEFA fan's women's team of 2020 is below.
GK: Sarah Bouhaddi (Lyon)
RB: Lucy Bronze (Lyon/Man City)
CB: Kadeisha Buchanan (Lyon)
CB: Wendie Renard (Lyon)
LB: Magdalena Eriksson (Chelsea)
MF: Kheira Hamraoui (Barcelona)
MF: Amandine Henry (Lyon)
MF: Delphine Cascarino (Lyon)
MF: Sara Bjork Gunnarsdottir (Wolfsburg/Lyon)
MF: Danielle van de Donk (Arsenal)
FW: Pernille Harder (Wolfsburg/Chelsea)
Let us know your thoughts on either UEFA XI in the comments.
All imagery: PA Images
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