Tag Archives: Best XI
Old Trafford

Manchester United: What is Jose Mourinho’s best team?

It’s that time of year. The January transfer window ‘opens’ earlier and earlier. As with its summer cousin, the major clubs try to conclude deals before the window actually opens. And already the rumours are flying about Jose Mourinho’s targets. With Paul Scholes having suggested recently that the Manchester United manager will need two or […]


Early Risers XI: Just Football’s Premier League Team of the Season So Far 2015/16

This time last year, who would have thought that a 2015/16 Premier League team of the season so far would have such a distinct lack of representation from the reigning champions? Almost a year ago to the day, Chelsea drew away at Manchester United to maintain their spot at the top of the table. Coincidentally, Branislav […]

Virgil Van Dijk

Martial, Funes Mori, Moses… Premier League Transfer Deadline Day XI

So it’s come and gone. Three months of privately browsing gossip columns in work, jerking your neck when you see the yellow ticker popping up on Sky Sports News and convincing yourself you know better than your club’s chief scouts. It was a busy if slightly low-key (Anthony Martial aside) transfer deadline day all things […]

Under-21 Euro 2015 Championship

Euro U21 2015: Best XI Players of the Group Stages

So the group stages of the UEFA U21 European Championship 2015 are over. And what fun they’ve been. Teams (mostly – looking at you, England) have played with pleasing freedom and commitment to forward-thinking football, there’ve been plenty of goals, drama, comebacks, upsets and a lot of exciting football. Here is our team of the […]

PFA Premier League Team of the Year

Six Chelsea players in PFA Premier League Team of the Year but should Kane or Aguero play upfront?

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) awards 2015 took place at a swanky London locale last night, as the best players in the Premier League and lower leagues were wined and dined for their achievements in 2014/15 at Grosvenor House. PFA members from 100 clubs voted in the awards this year, with the main categories being […]

AFCON 2015

AFCON 2015 Team of the Tournament: Just Football’s All-Star Best XI

So, it’s over. 68 goals (the lowest total since 2002), weeks of entertainment, a handful of frustratingly mediocre games, some terrible pitches, some even worse refereeing, some fascinating haircuts, some even better dance routines, a coin toss, a full scale riot, a bitter North African rumble, an Israeli and a French manager in the final […]

AFCON 2015

AFCON 2015 Best XI Players of the Group Stages

And breathe. The groups stages of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations are over. The madness has subsided, the drama is on hold until the weekend, and if, like us, you’ve made it through every game of a sometimes brilliant, sometimes frustratingly action-free, ponderous tournament (blame the pitches, or Morocco for pulling out of hosting) […]


Copa Libertadores 2013 – Just Football’s Best XI of the Tournament

Atlético Mineiro won their first ever Copa Libertadores title this season, as I had predicted they might on Just Football some months ago. But there were some good players from other teams that played in the competition. With the dust settled and the trophy now engraved with the Belo Horizonte team’s name for the first […]

2013 Under-21 European Championship – Best XI

The UEFA European Under-21 Championships have been graced in the past by the likes of Mesut Ozil, Juan Mata, Andrea Pirlo and Luis Figo and judging from some of the action this last fortnight, some of the crop of 2013 will be added to that illustrious list in the years to come. With so many players […]