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World Cup captain Lahm among 3 Germany defenders on World XI shortlist; Brazil has 5 nominees

  • Barcelona's Gerard Pique fights for the ball with APOEL's Gustavo Manduca during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

    Barcelona's Gerard Pique fights for the ball with APOEL's Gustavo Manduca during a Champions League Group F soccer match between APOEL and FC Barcelona at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, Cyprus, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)  (The Associated Press)

  • Bayern's Jerome Boateng, right, Xabi Alonso, left,  and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino from Brazil, center,  challenge for the ball during the Bundesliga  soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1899 Hoffenheim in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

    Bayern's Jerome Boateng, right, Xabi Alonso, left, and Hoffenheim's Roberto Firmino from Brazil, center, challenge for the ball during the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and 1899 Hoffenheim in the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)  (The Associated Press)

World Cup-winning captain Philipp Lahm is among three Germany defenders nominated by professional players for selection in the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

Five players from Brazil, beaten 7-1 by Germany in the semifinals, are included among 20 candidates for four places in the elite lineup's defense.

The World XI will be named at FIFA's Ballon d'Or ceremony on Jan. 12 in Zurich.

Spain has four nominees, but there are none from the Netherlands, which beat the defending World Cup champions 5-1. The Dutch closed the tournament with 370 shutout minutes including, beating Brazil 3-0.

Italy, traditionally home to top defenders, is also excluded from the shortlist.

Voting was organized by FIFPro, the international players' union.