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European Season Brief Overview and the Team of the Season 2010-2011

Borna KolbadiCorrespondent IJune 16, 2011

European Season Brief Overview and the Team of the Season 2010-2011

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    ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 10:  Fifa World XI award including Cristiano Ronaldo,Maicon,Lucio,Gerard Pique,Iker Casillas, front row l to r: David Villa,Lionel Messi,Wesley Sneijder,Xavi,Andres Iniesta,Puyol during the FIFA Ballon d'or Gala at the Zurich
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    The 2010-2011 season was filled with predictable outcomes and beautiful football. 

    Barcelona won La Liga and the Champions League with ease, proving they are, by far, the best team in the world at the moment.

    Manchester United won the Premier League while Chelsea and Arsenal had crisis periods during the season. Manchester City made it to the Top 3 after spending so much money the past couple of seasons.

    AC Milan dominated most of the season, helped by the "Benitez Crisis" at Inter, and won the Serie A title for the first time in seven years. Napoli and Udinese made the top four while Juventus and AS Roma struggled.

    Borussia Dortmund were the clear winners of the Bundesliga with what was probably the best counterattacking football in the world.

    Porto won the Portuguese league without a defeat and also won the Europa League, which was expected from the start of the tournament. They were the most entertaining team and will be welcomed to the Champions League.

    Lille OSC won Ligue 1 as expected. After all, they did finish as the highest-scoring French team the season before with 72 goals. They will be in the Champions League as well.

    Ajax were probably the biggest surprise and won the Eredivisie for the first time since 2004.

    The Scottish Premier League was one of the most exciting two horse races of the year. The Rangers won the league for the third year running, with a one point lead over their archrivals Celtic.

    Fenerbaçhe beat Trabzonspor to the Turkcell Super League title on goal difference and proved they are an attacking force in the world football.

    I have chosen 11 players for the starting lineup and seven for the bench of this year's European Team of the Season. 

Edwin Van Der Sar

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on March 1, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Im
    Clive Mason/Getty Images

    It seems like Edwin van der Sar saved his best season for last. He played with class and was a true leader on the pitch. Made some great saves throughout the season and kept his defenders organized.

    I think his videos will be shown to young goalkeepers for years because of how smart his positioning is.

    A true Man United legend and, simply, the best goalkeeper of the year.

Dani Alves

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    BARCELONA, SPAIN - APRIL 06:  Daniel Alves of Barcelona walks off after getting his ankle sprayed during the UEFA Champions League quarter final first leg match between Barcelona and Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou stadium on April 6, 2011 in Barcelona,
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    Dani Alves is simply the best right-back in the world and he proved that once again this season.

    The Brazilian has unmatched stamina and energy. It is unreal how a man could run so much every game and not get injured. This was probably Alves' best season because he improved his defensive abilities.

    He is probably one of the best wing-backs in the history of the game. 

Thiago Silva

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    ROME, ITALY - MAY 07:  Thiago Silva of Milan in action during the Serie A match between AS Roma and AC Milan at Stadio Olimpico on May 7, 2011 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images)
    Giuseppe Bellini/Getty Images

    Probably the best center-back in the world at the moment, Thiago Silva has all the attributes needed to become one of the best to ever play the position.

    He is confident on the ball, which explains why can play as a midfielder. He is quick and reads the game like no other. He partnered Alessandro Nesta in Milan, and the duo have formed one of the best partnerships in the world.

    Silva's performances were essential for Milan to win the league and will be just as important for both Milan and Brazil for years to come.

Mats Hummels

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    MALMO, SWEDEN - JUNE 29:  Mats Hummels of Germany during the UEFA U21 European Championships Final match between England and Germany at the New Stadium on June 29, 2009 in Malmo, Sweden.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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    Hummels' performances proved he is one of the best young defenders in the world.

    He is a great reader of the game, and his decision making is top class. He is great in the air, both defensively and offensively. Dortmund will need to keep him if they are to protect their title.

    Hummels will surely be picked up in the next couple of seasons.

Fábio Coentrão

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    LISBON, PORTUGAL - AUGUST 28:  Fabio Coentrao of Benfica controls the ball during the Portuguese Liga match between Benfica and Vitoria Setubal at Luz Stadium on August 28, 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Patricia de Melo/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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    Another great season by Coentrão, and his performances haven't gone unnoticed.

    Probably the most complete left-back in the world at the moment, Fábio can do it all. Defending seems to be a little shaky at times, but that shouldn't be too hard to fix since he is only 23. 

    One of the only shinning starts of the Benfica team that is falling apart more and more.

    Wherever Coentrão plays next season, expect him to be special.

Xavi Hernández

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27:  Xavi of FC Barcelona controls the ball during a Barcelona training session prior to the UEFA Champions League final versus Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 27, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Ima
    Clive Mason/Getty Images

    Another great season by Xavi, who seems to get better by age.

    He is probably the best midfielder in the world and has no weakness in his position. Doesn't do much defending, but nobody cares because of how much he contributes to the team offensively.

    A legend at Barcelona and a true gentleman, he is going to be remembered for many years.

Arturo Vidal

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    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28:  Arturo Vidal of Chile runs with the ball during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Round of Sixteen match between Brazil and Chile at Ellis Park Stadium on June 28, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  (Photo by Ri
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    Vidal is the definition of energetic. He can dictate the midfield like no other and is also quietly skillful on the ball.

    He has a never-say-die spirit and is a true leader.

    His performances are the main reason Leverkusen were fighting for the title. He deserves a place on this list.

Hulk

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    DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 18:  Hulk of FC Porto in action during the UEFA Europa League Final between FC Porto and SC Braga at Dublin Arena on May 18, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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    The "incredible" Hulk has been one of the most underrated attacking players for the past three seasons and was just brilliant this time around.

    He is tall and bulky but somehow agile and tricky at the same time. He has been beating defenders using his pace and skill all season and will probably be snapped up by a big club soon.

    He also has a great shot and can score long range screamers.

Leo Messi

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    LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 28:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League final between FC Barcelona and Manchester United FC at Wembley Stadium on May 28, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
    Clive Mason/Getty Images

    The best player in the world destroyed defenses in his new "false 9" role and once again proved why he is regarded as one of the best players to play the game.

    Messi is simply fantastic on and off the ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    LISBON, PORTUGAL - JUNE 04: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the EURO 2012 Group H qualifier between Portugal and Norway at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on June 4, 2011 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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    Ronaldo became the all-time leading goalscorer in a season in La Liga this year. That alone guarantees a place on this list.

    Shooting, dribbling, passing, crossing or heading, Ronaldo can do it all. And it is great to watch. 

Edinson Cavani

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    NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 30:  Edinson Cavani (R) of SSC Napoli in action during the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on April 30, 2011 in Naples, Italy.  (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
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    Cavani is the complete striker. 

    He is always at the right place at the right time. In a season where all the strikers have been underperforming, Cavani has been simply astonishing.

    He has scored some unreal goals this season and more of the same is expected of him next year.

Bench

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    BOLTON, ENGLAND - MAY 22:  Carlos Tevez of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between  Bolton Wanderers and Manchester City at the Reebok Stadium on May 22, 2011 in Bolton, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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    Victor Valdés (Barcelona)

    Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona)

    Alexis Sánchez (Udinese)

    Theo Janssen (Twente)

    Alex de Souza (Fenerbahçe)

    Eden Hazard (Lille)

    Carlos Tévez (Manchester City) 

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