Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award

Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.

Spain's Iker Casillas a surprise inclusion on shortlist for Fifa goalkeeper award

New Delhi: Iker Casillas is a surprise inclusion as one of the five goalkeepers shortlisted for the Fifa’s 2014 World XI despite a poor showing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil last summer and after making just 12 La Liga appearances for Real Madrid.

The 33-year old had termed his performance as “the worst performance of his career” in Spain’s 5-1 defeat to the Netherlands in their World Cup opener. He made just two league appearances for Real Madrid last season, and has made a further 10 this term.

Manuel Neuer, who received the honour last year, is also on the shortlist following a fine World Cup with champions Germany while he also helped Bayern Munich to Bundesliga title and cup double.

Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois makes his first appearance on the shortlist, having impressed when on loan at Atletico Madrid, with whom he won La Liga and reached the Champions League final, while Barcelona’s new recruit Claudio Bravo is also a new name to feature.

Juventus’ veteran goalkeeper Gianlugi Buffon completes the group ensuring the 36-year-old Italian remains the only person to feature on all 10 shortlists since the inaugural World XI in 2005. Buffon was named in the all-star side in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

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