Soccer: Vicelich named in Club World Cup best XI

Ivan Vicelich has been named in Goal.com FIFA Club World Cup Best XI following his outstanding performance for Auckland City in their 0-1 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Photo / Getty Images.
Ivan Vicelich has been named in Goal.com FIFA Club World Cup Best XI following his outstanding performance for Auckland City in their 0-1 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima. Photo / Getty Images.

Ivan Vicelich has been named in Goal.com FIFA Club World Cup Best XI following his outstanding performance for Auckland City in their 0-1 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Vicelich, 36, was a stand-out performer for the Oceania champions during their brave showing in Japan and joins a star-studded cast that includes Chelsea pair Juan Mata and David Luiz.

Goal.com website said: "Skipper Vicelich was a rock for his side in their play-off loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and was especially adept at clearing crosses sent in by the Japanese side throughout the match. His late header almost drew City even, and overall the New Zealand international's performance was representative of the progress the side have made since last year's CWC."

The 85-cap New Zealand international appeared at his third FIFA Club World Cup for Auckland City and impressed the selection panel more than Gary Cahill of England and Chelsea.

Tournament golden glove winner, Cassio, nabbed the goalkeeper slot with Corinthians team-mates Allessandro and Chicao joining Vicelich and David Luiz in the Best XI's defence.

The cosmopolitan selection saw Yojiro Takahagi of Sanfrecce Hiroshima joined by Lee Keon-Ho of Ulsan Hyundai and Juan Mata of Spain and Chelsea in a three man midfield.

The Goal.com strikeforce was equally diverse with Aboutrika of Al-Ahly starring alongside Cesar Delgado of Monterrey and Guerrero of Corinthians.

Corinthians won the FIFA Club World Cup title defeating Chelsea in the final in Yokohama 1-0 on Sunday.

Auckland City were eliminated by Sanfrecce Hiroshima on December 6.

Goal.com FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2012 - Best XI
1.Cassio (GK) Corinthians
2.Allesandro Corinthians
3.Chicao Corinthians
4.Ivan Vicelich Auckland City FC
5.David Luiz Chelsea
6.Juan Mata Chelsea
7.Yoji Takahgi Sanfrecce Hiroshima
8.Lee Keon-Ho Ulsan Hyundai
9.Abourtrika Al-Ahly
10.Guerrero Corinthians
11.Cesar Delgado Monterrey

- APNZ

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