European Season Brief Overview and the Team of the Season 2010-2011
The 2010-2011 season was filled with predictable outcomes and beautiful football.
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.
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.
Ajax were probably the biggest surprise and won the Eredivisie for the first time since 2004.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.