Interactive “All-Time World Cup XI” is guaranteed to ‘waste’ your morning

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Beckenbauer or Carlos? Cruyff or Ronaldo? Buffon or Kahn?

Yep, this was going to be fun.

The BBC has put together an interactive list for fans to put together their All-Time World Cup XI.

A list of 220 players was culled to 110 by the broadcasting company’s panel of experts.

From the BBC:

Or as McNulty observed of his XI: “There is an absence of so-called ball winners in my selection because I believe once these players got it the opposition would never get it back.”

Compiling a shortlist of 110 players – comprising 10 goalkeepers, 40 defenders, 40 midfielders and 20 strikers – was in itself no easy task.

It started with the decision that only performances at World Cups would count when deciding on a player’s suitability for inclusion, not their exploits elsewhere in their career.

This, for example, ultimately counted against someone like Argentina’s Lionel Messi, who at 26 has won the Ballon d’Or four times but has yet to really shine at a World Cup.

For the record, here’s how I rolled:


I’ve got Matthaus playing on top of a monster ball-winner in the back (Cannavaro), with Lahm, Beckenbauer, and Carlos provided plenty of danger getting forward (while also taking care of Buffon). Zidane will be commanded to keep his temper in check while supplying Eusebio, Cruyff and Pele with room to do what they do best. And if someone is crazy enough to ignore Rivaldo…

Sergio Aguero expects to miss a month with hamstring injury

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After scoring five goals against Newcastle United, Sergio Aguero may have to wait a bit of time to get back to scoring in the Premier League.

The Manchester City striker lasted just 25 minutes in Argentina’s World Cup qualifier on Thursday, as he was stretchered off with a hamstring injury. 

Aguero underwent testing in Argentina, and told the local media “I think I’m going to be out for a month.”

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Manchester City and Argentina teammate Nicolas Otamendi said Aguero was in tears in the dressing room, and some reports have penned the injury as a torn hamstring.

If Aguero were to be ruled out for a month, he would miss City’s Champions League clash vs. Sevilla, as well as the massive Manchester derby away at United on October 25.

To make matters worse for City supporters, David Silva was forced off after just ten minutes while playing for Spain today. Silva took a harsh challenge from behind, and hobbled off with what looked to be an ankle injury. If Silva’s injury ends up being more than just a knock, City could be without their two most important players in the attack.

Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze out 10-12 weeks with groin injury

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 21:  Mario Goetze of FC Bayern Muenchen in action during the international friendly match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Inter Milan of the Audi Football Summit 2015 at Shanghai Stadium on July 21, 2015 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Mario Gotze could be out of action until 2016 after picking up a groin injury on international duty.

The Bayern Munich midfielder suffered a tendon tear in his abductor muscle while stretching for a ball in Germany’s 1-0 loss to Ireland in EURO qualifiers on Thursday. He was taken off in the 35th minute.

Ruled out for 10-12 weeks, Gotze is likely to miss the rest of the first half of the season for Bayern. Their last league match of 2015 is on December 19, which is 11 weeks away. The Bundesliga then goes on winter break, with Bayern’s next match not until January 23.

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Gotze will miss both of Bayern’s upcoming Champions League matches against Arsenal, which is good news for the Gunners as they are in desperate need of a result.

However, Arjen Robben is back in training and will make his return to action within the coming weeks. After starting the Bundesliga seasons with eight wins out of eight, Robben’s return would add just another weapon to Pep Guardiola’s dominant attack.

Robben has not played since being injured in early September while playing for the Netherlands, and could feature for Bayern against Werder Bremen next week.