tirsdag den 10. marts 2015

2014/15 Mid-Season Rankings: The 100 Best Central Defenders in the World (IN PROGRESS)

Before I get to the 300 best players in the world I'll be doing position rankings.

Completed:

Top 200 Attacking Midfielders/Wingers


Now it is time for the centrebacks!

A rundown of the ranking containing various thoughts on the defenders can be found and followed on the Sporting Events Forum HERE


The 2014/15 Mid-Season Top 100 Best Central Defenders in the World



100 Mario Yepes - Colombia - San Lorenzo
99 Andreu Fontas - Spain - Celta Vigo
98 Giancarlo Gonzalez - Costa Rica - Palermo
97 Weligton - Brazil - Malaga
96 Andrea Ranocchia - Italy - Inter
95 Chancel Mbemba Mangulu - DR Congo - Anderlecht
94 Éder Álvarez Balanta - Colombia - River Plate
93 Samuel Umtiti - Cameroon - Lyon 
92 Loic Perrin - France - St. Etienne
91 Raul Albiol - Spain - Napoli

90 69 Fabian Schär - Switzerland - FC Basel
89 Stefan Savic - Montenegro - Fiorentina
88 Emre Can - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen/Liverpool
87 34 38 Sylvain Distin - France - Everton 
86 Oscar Duarte - Costa Rica - Club Brügge
85 Martin Hinteregger - Austria - Red Bull Salzburg
84 Martin Caceres - Uruguay - Juventus
83 19 20 05 Nemanja Vidic - Serbia - Inter
82 Federico Fazio- Argentina - Tottenham
81 39 23 20 Fabricio Coloccini - Argentina – Newcastle

80 Yaroslav Rakitskiy - Ukraine - Shakthar Donetsk
79 64 Bruno Martins Indi - Netherlands - Porto
78 Virgil Van Dijk - Netherlands - Celtic
77 48 39 Kyriakos Papadopoulos - Greece - Bayer Leverkusen
76 Phil Jones - England - Manchester United
75 Martin Skrtel - Slovakia - Liverpool
74 67 Federico Fernandez - Argentina - Swansea
73 Toby Alderweireld - Belgium - Southampton
72 52 Niklas Moisander - Finland - Ajax 
71 70 Martín Demichelis - Argentina - Manchester City

70 John Stones - England - Everton
69 55 Iñigo Martínez - Spain - Real Sociedad
68 Jose Fonte - Portugal - Southampton
67 Ron Vlaar - Netherlands - Aston Villa
66 Joel Veltman - Netherlands - Ajax
65 Tin Jedvaj - Croatia - Roma/Bayer Leverkusen
64 Winston Reid - New Zealand - West Ham
63 Robin Knoche - Germany - Wolfsburg
62 Antonio Rüdiger - Germany - VBF Stuttgart
61 Karim Rekik - Netherlands - Manchester City/PSV

60 38 28 23 Daniel Agger - Denmark – Brøndby
59 23 14 18 Neven Subotic - Serbia - Dortmund 
58 56 31 25 Holger Badstuber - Germany - Bayern München
57 Jeremy Mathieu - France - Barcelona 
56 Mateo Musacchio - Argentina - Villarreal
55 Ivan Marcano - Spain - FC Porto
54 Naldo - Brazil - Wolfsburg
53 Nicolas Pareja- Argentina - Sevilla 
52 Shkodran Mustafi - Germany - Valencia
51 Kalidou Koulibaly - France - Napoli

50 54 30 22 Dede - Brazil - Cruzeiro
49 60 Aleksandar Dragovic - Austria - Dynamo Kiev
48 43 13 31 Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa - France – Roma
47 20 Dejan Lovren - Croatia - Liverpool 
46 62 Stefan De Vrij - Netherlands - Lazio
45 31 48 Eliaquim Mangala - France – Manchester City
44 44 33 Javier Mascherano - Argentina - Barcelona 
43 37 24 Leandro Castán - Brazil - Roma
42 35 26 30 Jonny Evans - Northern Ireland - Manchester United
41 30 36 Phil Jagielka - England – Everton 

40 Marc Bartra - Spain - Barcelona
39 32 37 28 Andrea Barzagli - Italy - Juventus 
38 12 11 Dante - Brazil - Bayern München
37 28 34 Leonardo Bonucci - Italy – Juventus
36 61 50 Nicolas Otamendi - Argentina - Valencia
35 57 32 Benedikt Höwedes - Germany - Schalke 04
34 Ömer Toprak - Turkey -Bayer Leverkusen
33 36 42 Nicolas N'Koulou - Cameroun - Marseille
32 58 Aymeric Laporte - France - Athletic Bilbao 
31 27 40 Matija Nastasic - Serbia - Manchester City/Schalke 04

30 63 Sokratis - Greece - Dortmund
29 26 18 13 Branislav Ivanovic - Serbia – Chelsea 
28 53 Luisao - Brazil - Benfica 
27 21 22 16 David Luiz - Brazil – PSG
26 08 21 Per Mertesacker - Germany - Arsenal 
25 24 NR 26 John Terry - England – Chelsea 
24 13 Javi Martinez – Spain – Bayern München 
23 25 Gary Cahill - England - Chelsea
22 16 07 Gonzalo Rodríguez - Argentina - Fiorentina
21 Kurt Zouma - France - Chelsea

20 41 44 27 Mamadou Sakho - France – Liverpool
19 Marcos Rojo - Argentina - Manchester United 
18 José Maria Giménez - Uruguay - Atletico Madrid
17 14 06 09 Giorgio Chiellini - Italy - Juventus
16 15 09 12 Pepe - Portugal - Real Madrid
15 46 Marquinhos - Brazil - PSG
14 17 10 08 Gerard Pique - Spain – Barcelona 
13 Kostas Manolas - Greece - Roma
12 10 15 Miranda - Brazil - Atletico Madrid 
11 05 05 03 Vincent Kompany - Belgium - Manchester City 

10 22 41 Jerome Boateng - Germany - Bayern München
09 07 03 11 Jan Vertonghen - Belgium - Tottenham
08 06 16 Ezequiel Garay - Argentina - Zenit
07 18 Mehdi Benatia - Morocco - Bayern München
06 09 47 Raphael Varane - France - Real Madrid 

tirsdag den 3. marts 2015

2014/15 Mid-Season Rankings: The 200 Best Attacking Midfielders/Wingers in the World

Before I get to the 300 best players in the world I'll be doing position rankings starting with attacking midfielders and wingers.

A rundown of the rankings can be followed on the Sporting Events forum starting HERE

(mind you there will be various minor changes from the forum writing and thinking about the individual placings to the official ranking here on the blog)

The 2014/15 Mid-Season Best 200 Attacking Midfielders/Wingers in the World


200 Giacomo Bonaventura - Italy - Milan
199 Juan Fernando Quintero - Colombia - FC Porto
198 Fabiano Orellana - Chile - Celta Vigo
197 Lucas Ocampos - Argentina - Monaco/Marseille
196 Dennis Praet - Belgium - Anderlecht
195 Lucas Piazon - Brazil - Chelsea/Eintracht Frankfurt 
194 89 78 Lewis Holtby - Germany - Hamburger SV 
193 Augusto Fernández - Argentina - Celta Vigo
192 Maximilian Arnold - Germany - Wolfsburg
191 Franco Vázquez - Argentina - Palermo

190 Shkelzen Gashi - Albania - FC Basel
189 Jordan Ibe - England - Derby/Liverpool
188 Admir Mehmedi - Switzerland - Freiburg 
187 Oleg Shatov - Russia - Zenit
186 Georgi Milanov - Bulgaria - CSKA Moscow
185 NR 71 68 Ibrahim Afellay - Netherlands - Barcelona/Olympiakos
184 137 Sidney Sam - Germany - Schalke 04
183 Paul-Georges Ntep - Cameroon/France - Rennes
182 Georgios Samaras - Greece - WBA
181 Morgan Amalfatino - France - West Ham

180 80 57 96 Hatem Ben Arfa - France - Newcastle/Hull
179 117 80 60 Andre Ayew - Ghana - Marseille
178 Vitolo - Spain - Sevilla
177 142 Valentin Stocker - Switzerland - Hertha Berlin
176 106 62 Giuliano - Brazil - Gremio
175 112 Andros Townsend - England - Tottenham 
174 Marko Arnautovic - Austria - Stoke
173 Stewart Downing - England - West Ham
172 111 73 72 Clint Dempsey - USA - Seattle
171 Talisca - Brazil - Benfica

170 Wellington Nem - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
169 Victor Moses - Nigeria - Chelsea/Stoke
168 150 Salamon Kalou - Côte d'Ivoire - Hertha Berlin
167 Patrick Hermann - Germany - Mönchengladbach
166 Bruma - Portugal - Galatasaray
165 Riyad Mahrez - Algeria - Leicester
164 120 76 Christian Tello - Spain - Barcelona/FC Porto 
163 Alejandro Dominguez - Argentina - Olympiakos
162 Nolito - Spain - Celta Vigo
161 Munir El Haddadi - Spain - Barcelona

160 NR 64 Stéphane Sessegnon - Benin - WBA
159 Adam Johnson - England - Sunderland
158 NR 100 47 Ganso - Brazil - Santos
157 126 Diego Tardelli - Brazil- Atletico Mineiro/Shandong Luneng
156 148 99 62 Yoann Gourcuff - France - Lyon
155 135 NR 88 Dirk Kuyt - Netherlands - Fenerbahce
154 Steven Naismith - Scotland - Everton 
153 93 Nicolai Müller - Germany - Hamburger SV 
152 Ricardo Goulart - Brazil - Cruzerio/Guangzhou Evergrande
151 Fabio Borini - Italy - Liverpool

150 Bojan Krkic - Spain - Stoke
149 139 Gerard Deulofeu - Spain - Barcelona/Sevilla
148 85 Josue Pesqueira - Portugal - FC Porto/Bursaspor 
147 98 77 Jonas - Brazil – Benfica 
146 43 Bernard - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk 
145 131 Alessio Cerci - Italy - Atletico Madrid/Milan
144 101 89 Aaron Hunt - Germany - Wolfsburg
143 50 51 77 Michu - Spain – Napoli 
142 Quincy Promes - Netherlands - Spartak Moscow
141 Denis Suarez - Spain - Barcelona/Sevilla

140 Pablo Piatti - Argentina - Valencia
139 Juan Iturbe - Argentina - Roma
138 Thorgan Hazard - Belgium - Chelsea/Mönchengladbach
137 Sofiane Feghouli - Algeria - Valencia
136 Jose Ernesto Sosa - Argentina - Atletico Madrid/Besiktas
135 Aleix Vidal - Spain - Sevilla
134 Taison - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
133 Nacer Chadli - Belgium - Tottenham
132 Douglas Costa - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
131 Gylfi Sigurdsson - Iceland - Swansea

130 Moussa Sissoko - France - Newcastle
129 Fede Cartabia - Argentina - Valencia/Cordoba
128 102 Jermain Lens - Netherlands - PSV/Dynamo Kiev
127 149 Max Meyer - Germany - Schalke 04
126 Ivan Perisic - Croatia - Wolfsburg
125 Andre Hahn - Germany - Mönchengladbach
124 143 Everton Ribeiro - Brazil - Cruzeiro/Al Ahli 
123 140 Giovani Dos Santos - Mexico -Villarreal
122 97 38 46 Joaquin - Spain – Fiorentina
121 104 72 Rodrigo - Spain - Valencia

120 61 Clement Grenier - France - Lyon
119 94 NR 97 Thomas Rosicky - Czech Republic - Arsenal 
118 Stephan El Shaarawy - Italy - Milan 
117 84 Adem Ljajic - Serbia - Roma 
116 145 NR 94 Markel Susaeta - Spain - Athletic Bilbao
115 100 NR 91 Dries Mertens - Belgium - Napoli 
114 103 Lorenzo Insigne - Italy - Napoli 
113 Derlis González - Paraguay - FC Basel
112 Eric Choupo-Moting - Cameroun - Schalke 04
111  136 Kevin Volland - Germany - Hoffenheim 

110 Antonio Candreva - Italy - Lazio
109 Manolo Gabbiadini - Italy - Sampdoria/Napoli
108 115 Florian Thauvin - France - Marseille
107 Jefferson Montero - Ecuador - Morelia/Swansea
106 74 67 93 Jakub Blaszczykowski - Poland – Dortmund 
105 Denis Cheryshev - Russia - Real Madrid/Villarreal
104 91 49 53 Jefferson Farfan - Peru - Schalke 04
103 63 41 21 Antonio Valencia - Ecuador - Manchester United 
102 Rafinha Alcantara - Brazil - Celta Vigo/Barcelona
101 147 Adam Maher - Netherlands - PSV

100 116 96 Alex Teixeira - Brazil - Shakhtar Donetsk
99 Yannick Ferreira Carrasco - Belgium - Monaco
98 95 Dimitri Payet - France - Marseille
97 70 Rémy Cabella - France - Newcastle
96 75 Adam Lallana - England - Liverpool
95 Raffael - Brazil - Mönchengladbach
94 86 56 99 Eduardo Salvio - Argentina - Benfica
93 65 64 44 Danny - Portugal - Zenit
92 Felipe Anderson - Brazil - Lazio
91 64 52 31 Nicolas Gaitan - Argentina - Benfica

90 72 Lazar Markovic - Serbia - Benfica/Liverpool
89 83 98 49 Kevin Prince Boateng - Ghana - Schalke 04 
88 132 Gervinho - Cote d'ivoire - Roma
87 78 70 Lukas Podolski - Germany -Arsenal/Inter 
86 James Ward-Prowse - England - Southampton
85 Mateo Kovacic - Croatia - Inter
84 58 22 Erik Lamela - Argentina -Tottenham
83 121 Jay Rodriguez - England - Southampton 
82 92 Adnan Januzaj - Belgium - Manchester United 
81 123 NR 103 Oxlade Chamberlain - England - Arsenal 

80 55 47 Ezequiel Lavezzi - Argentina - PSG 
79 88 74 Kevin Mirallas - Belgium - Everton 
78 96 34 40 Jeremy Menez - France – Milan
77 Sadio Mané - Senegal - Southampton
76 71 Raul Garcia - Spain - Atletico Madrid 
75 37 Julian Draxler - Germany - Schalke 04
74 33 24 27 Diego - Brazil – Fenerbahce 
73 77 46 30 Ever Banega - Argentina - Sevilla
72 Dušan Tadić - Serbia - Twente/Southampton
71 68 42 24 Iker Muniain - Spain - Athletic Bilbao

70 42 33 56 Keisuke Honda - Japan - Milan
69 Yacine Brahimi - Algeria - FC Porto
68 73 75 Jose Callejon - Spain - Napoli 
67 87 66 100 Andriy Yarmolenko - Ukraine - Dynamo Kiev 
66 51 Carlos Vela - Mexico - Real Sociedad
65 39 36 Francesco Totti - Italy - Roma 
64 124 Mohamed Salah -Egypt - Chelsea/Fiorentina
63 32 20 08 Wesley Sneijder - Netherlands – Galatasaray 
62 66 68 54 Younès Belhanda - Morocco - Dynamo Kiev
61 36 43 37 Jesus Navas - Spain - Manchester City 

60 46 29 12 Nani - Portugal - Manchester United/Sporting Lisbon
59 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - Gabon - Dortmund
58 Nabil Fekir - Algeria/France - Lyon
57 Kevin Kampl - Slovenia - Red Bull Salzburg/Dortmund
56 48 45 42 Andre Schürrle - Germany - Chelsea/Wolfsburg
55 130 Roberto Firmino - Brazil - Hoffenheim 
54 38 Ander Herrera - Spain - Manchester United 
53 59 84 Yevhen Konoplianka - Ukraine - Dnipro
52 Memphis Depay - Netherlands - PSV
51 35 59 59 Mathieu Valbuena - France - Dynamo Moscow

50 90 Alexandre Lacazette - France - Lyon
49 45 55 75 Theo Walcott - England – Arsenal
48 27 13 43 Willian - Brazil - Chelsea 
47 57 Ross Barkley - England - Everton 
46 47 37 23 Javier Pastore - Argentina - PSG
45 25 23 26 Hernanes - Brazil – Inter
44 29 32 Henrikh Mkhitaryan - Armenia - Dortmund
43 40 39 34 Pedro - Spain - Barcelona
42 82 Heung Min Son - South Korea - Bayer Leverkusen 
41 49 30 36 Xherdan Shaqiri - Switzerland - Bayern München/Inter

40 56 48 29 Samir Nasri - France - Manchester City 
39 Hakan Calhanoglu - Turkey - Bayer Leverkusen
38 26 27 35 Joao Moutinho - Portugal - Monaco
37 30 35 45 Arda Turan - Turkey - Atletico Madrid 
36 28 17 17 Shinji Kagawa - Japan - Manchester United/Dortmund
35 44 Coutinho – Brazil - Liverpool 
34 18 16 22 Marek Hamsik - Slovakia - Napoli 
33 54 61 82 Ivan Rakitić - Croatia - Barcelona 
32 Karim Bellarabi - Germany - Bayer Leverkusen
31 53 Antoine Griezmann - France - Atletico Madrid

30 Hulk - Brazil - Zenit
29 34 31 41 Lucas Moura - Brazil - PSG
28 24 85 Koke - Spain - Atletico Madrid 
27 41 44 39 Miralem Pjanic - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Roma
26 60 Juan Guillermo Cuadrado - Colombia - Fiorentina/Chelsea
25 Wayne Rooney - England - Manchester United
24 14 07 13 Juan Manuel Mata - Spain - Chelsea/Manchester United 
23 23 50 57 Christian Eriksen - Denmark – Tottenham 
22 19 11 10 Santi Cazorla - Spain -Arsenal
21 17 19 73 Oscar - Brazil - Chelsea 

20 20 18 20 Thomas Müller - Germany - Bayern München
19 69 Raheem Sterling - England - Liverpool 
18 22 25 79 Isco - Spain - Real Madrid
17 13 06 15 Mario Götze - Germany - Bayern München
16 21 21 55 James Rodriguez - Colombia - Real Madrid
15 16 15 11 Angel Di Maria - Argentina - Real Madrid/Manchester United
14 05 05 04 Mesut Özil - Germany - Arsenal 
13 31 58 Kevin De Bruyne - Belgium - Wolfsburg
12 07 12 14 Gareth Bale - Wales – Real Madrid
11 11 10 07 Yaya Toure - Côte d'Ivoire - Manchester City

10 10 14 16 Marco Reus - Germany -Dortmund 
09 09 08 18 Toni Kroos - Germany - Bayern München/Real Madrid
08 15 28 19 Alexis Sanchez - Chile - Arsenal
07 06 03 03 David Silva - Spain - Manchester City
06 01 01 01 Andrés Iniesta - Spain - Barcelona 
05 02 04 06 Franck Ribery - France - Bayern München
04 04 02 02 Cesc Fabregas - Spain - Chelsea
03 08 09 05 Eden Hazard - Belgium - Chelsea
02 03 Neymar - Brazil - Barcelona
01 12 26 09 Arjen Robben - Netherlands - Bayern München