Various All Star Teams 2008-2014

This post is basically just a collection of the various All Star Teams I’ve compiled since 2008. In most cases I compiled the lineups right after the end of the tournament/season they’re about. I didn’t change my selections prior to this publication. Because of this my choices represent the opinions I held back then, but not necessarily the ones I hold today.

When compiling those teams, my aim was to field the players who performed the best during that tournament/season and to build a team that could somehow actually work. So no ‘2 defenders, 6 strikers’ formations for me.

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Team of the Season 2014-15

Since 2008-09 I have been compiling my Team of the Season at the end of every season. While my selection is certainly influenced by my limited knowledge and my personal preferences, I try not to build a team of my favourite players, but of the players who performed the best during that season. In order to establish which player performed the best in a given position, I look at quantity and quality of performance only.

So here’s my Team of the Season 2014/15. I define ‘2014/15’ as starting with the final whistle of the Champions League final 2014 and ending with the final whistle of the Champions League final 2015. The World Cup is excluded, because I already made a team for that.

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The bench (with comments on some players)
De Gea, Courtois (very, very solid, but surprisingly conservative), Buffon; Azpilicueta, Alba, Evra; Boateng (narrowly missed the first eleven, top-class CB without apparent flaws), Otamendi, Ramos, T. Silva, Naldo, Chiellini; Carvajal (the best regular right back this season), Ivanovic, Juanfran; Busquets, Coquelin, Banega (always had the talent, finally uses it regularly); Pogba (already able to dominate in Serie A, less so in UCL), Verratti, Cazorla; Vidal (best box-to-box midfielder around), De Bruyne, Iniesta (sub-par first half of the season, strong second half, some excellent UCL knockout phase matches); Hazard, Alexis, Tevez; Benzema (wonderful modern striker, great link-up play), Agüero, Lewandowski; Suarez, T. Müller, Griezmann

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Best player: Lionel Messi

Best team: FC Bayern Munich (Barcelona may have won the lot, but Bayern had the highest peak, unlucky with injuries)

Best match: FC Barcelona – FC Bayern Munich 3-0

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