2014 Ballon d’Or: David Luiz’ head-scratching inclusion in FIFA/FIFPRO World XI

By | January 13, 2015

The FIFA Ballon d’Or awards are never without controversy. The award ceremony is very much a reflection of the institution it represents, and often highlights the biases of players and managers alike.

This year,  the inclusions of David Luiz and Andres Iniesta in the FIFA/FIFPRO World XI were certainly causes for some head-scratching, since neither had particularly good seasons. The Spaniard was inconsistent, and never found the form that propelled him to the podium of the Ballon d’Or only a year ago, while the Brazilian raised some eyebrows after some appalling performances for club and country.

David Luiz’ mistakes were particularly evident in Brazil’s infamous drubbing at the hands of World Cup winners, Germany. Without national team captain and club teammate, Thiago Silva, beside him, Luiz displayed  positional and tactical ineptitudes rarely seen in players plying their trades in the world’s biggest football clubs.

The video below – while afflicted by terrible grammar and spelling – clearly showcases David Luiz’ poor decision making in Brazil’s game versus Germany. Of course, Luiz was hardly the only Brazilian culpable for the heavy (1-7) defeat, but there is little doubt much of the blame rests on his shoulders.


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