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Ranking the Top 20 Defensive Midfielders of the 2010-2011 Season
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Having already published lists for the top 20 defenders, midfielders and forwards this season, I've decided to publish a list of the top 20 defensive midfielders this season. 

To this end, I've used two simple guidelines:

1) I've only selected defensive midfielders from the English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A. Why? I've watched the large majority all four aforementioned leagues, so I can make balanced judgements.

2) To ensure fairness and balance amongst the four leagues, I've included a quota of five players per league.

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