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Andressa Makes Shortlist for FIFPRO World 11

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She'll face some tough competition to earn the top honor, but this marks the second time in three years she's made the shortlist of finalists.

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Yesterday during our round table discussion on Roma's impending 2019-2020 campaign in Serie A Femminile, we pinned a lot of our hopes on the masterful work done by the Roma Women Director of Sport, Massimo Tarantino, who not only mixed up the passport profile of the Giallorosse with his signings but dramatically improved both the depth and quality of Betty Bavagnoli's squad. With new additions all over the pitch, Roma are two-deep at nearly every position and should have particularly stiff competition for minutes at forward, with Annamaria Serturini, Agnese Bonfantini, Amalie Thestrup, Lindsey Thomas and Maria Zecca all jockeying for minutes up front.

With a mixture of youth and experience, those with experience in Italy and those coming from abroad, that competition will not only bring out the best of each player but has served as a real flash point for optimism—Roma ran a bit short on offense down the stretch, but with the cupboards well stocked that should no longer be an issue.

Of course, part of that excitement and part of that unbridled enthusiasm stems from one of Tarantino's first summer signings, Brazilian forward Andressa Alves, who was recently shortlisted to the FIFPRO World 11, which is essentially, to borrow an NFL Term, an all-pro team for the entire world.

As one might have guessed, the list of nominees was dominated by the United States, who represent 14 of the 55 names, and Champions League winners Lyon, who boast an impressive 13 players. There's, uh, not a whole lot of parity in the women's game yet, but it's getting there bit by bit.

Full List

Goalkeepers (5)

Sarah Bouhaddi (France, Olympique Lyonnais)

Christiane Endler (Chile, Paris Saint-Germain)

Hedvig Lindahl (Sweden, VfL Wolfsburg/Chelsea)

Alyssa Naeher (USA, Chicago Red Stars)

Sari van Veenendaal (The Netherlands, Atletico)

Defenders (20)

Millie Bright (England, Chelsea)

Lucy Bronze (England, Olympique Lyonnais, photo)

Kadeisha Buchanan (Canada, Olympique Lyonnais)

Abby Dahlkemper (USA, North Carolina Courage)

Crystal Dunn (USA, North Carolina Courage)

Nilla Fischer (Sweden, Linkopings/VfL Wolfsburg)

Sara Gama (Italy, Juventus)

Stefanie van der Gragt (The Netherlands, FC Barcelona)

Alex Greenwood (England, Olympique Lyonnais)

Stephanie Houghton (England, Manchester City)

Ali Krieger (USA, Orlando Pride)

Saki Kumagai (Japan, Olympique Lyonnais)

Amel Majri (France, Olympique Lyonnais)

Griedge Mbock Olympique Lyonnais

Maren Mjelde (Norway, Chelsea)

Kelley O’Hara (USA, Utah Royals)

Wendie Renard (France, Olympique Lyonnais)

Michelle Romero (Venezuela, Deportivo La Coruna)

Camila Saez (Chile, Rayo Vallecano)

Becky Sauerbrunn (USA, Utah Royals)

Midfielders (15)

Andressa Alves (Brazil, AS Roma)

Kosovare Asllani (Sweden, CD Tacon, Linkopings)

Sara Daebritz (Germany, Paris Saint-Germain)

Danielle van de Donk (The Netherlands, Arsenal)

Julie Ertz (USA, Chicago Red Stars)

Formiga (Brazil, Paris Saint-Germain)

Jackie Groenen (The Netherlands, Manchester United)

Amandine Henry (France, Olympique Lyonnais)

Lindsey Horan (USA, Portland Thorns)

Rose Lavelle (USA, Washington Spirit, photo)

Carli Lloyd (USA, Sky Blue)

Dzsenifer Marozsan (Germany, Olympique Lyonnais)

Samantha Mewis (USA, North Carolina Courage)

Sherida Spitse (The Netherlands, Valerenga)

Keira Walsh (England, Manchester City)

Forwards (15)

Oriana Altuve (Venezuela, Rayo Vallecano)

Caroline Graham Hansen (Norway, FC Barcelona)

Pernille Harder (Denmark, VfL Wolfburg)

Tobin Heath (USA, Portland Thorns)

Ada Hegerberg (Norway, Olympique Lyonnais)

Jennifer Hermoso (Spain, FC Barcelona)

Sam Kerr (Australia, Chicago Red Stars)

Eugenie Le Sommer (France, Olympique Lyonnais)

Lieke Martens (The Netherlands, FC Barcelona)

Vivianne Miedema (The Netherlands, Arsenal, photo)

Alex Morgan (USA, Orlando Pride)

Nikita Parris (England, Olympique Lyonnais)

Megan Rapinoe (USA, Reign FC)

Marta Vieira da Silva (Brazil, Orlando Pride)

Ellen White (England, Manchester City)


I'm not sure why they have her listed as a midfielder, and if we're being honest she'll have a tough time beating out the likes of Rose Lavelle, but if nothing else, this is testament to the quality of player Roma signed to kick off their summer transfer work.

The brief glimpses we've caught of the Giallorosse this pre-season point towards a swarm of overlapping and intertwining forwards rather than a traditional number nine set between two wide forwards. With Serturini, Bonfantini and Alves likely getting the early nods, you have to like Roma's chances of keeping opponents at sixes and sevens.

Congrats to Andressa, hopefully a successful season with Roma will land her on this list next year as well.