Ivan Vicelich. Photo by Getty
Ivan Vicelich has been named in Goal.com Fifa club World
Cup's best XI following his outstanding performance for
Auckland City in their 1-0 defeat to Sanfrecce Hiroshima a
Vicelich, 36, was a standout performer for the Oceania
champions during their brief showing in Japan and joins a
star-studded cast that includes Chelsea pair Juan Mata and
Goal.com website said: "Skipper Vicelich was a rock for his
side in their playoff 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."
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.
Corinthians won the Fifa club World Cup title by beating
Chelsea 1-0 in the final in Yokohama on Sunday.
Auckland City were eliminated by Sanfrecce Hiroshima on
Team: Cassio (GK) (Corinthians), Allesandro (Corinthians),
Chicao (Corinthians), Ivan Vicelich (Auckland City FC), David
Luiz (Chelsea), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Yoji Takahgi (Sanfrecce
Hiroshima), Lee Keon-Ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Abourtrika
(Al-Ahly), Guerrero (Corinthians), Cesar Delgado (Monterrey)