Speed XI vs Strength XI

Cristiano Ronaldo, Yaya Toure & Gareth Bale all feature in the strength and speed sides

Nathan Daniels
Published 03/29/2013 10:56 by Nathan Daniels, read by 61,472 people.

The best teams are often made up of a mix of fast and strong players.

Here is the fastest XI and the strongest XI - comment which one you think would win in a match.

Speed XI:

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas | Real Madrid

As well as being relatively fast to the ball when leaving his area, Casillas has the reflexes of a ninja, clawing away many point blank shots that were destined to be goals.

Right-back: Dani Alves | Barcelona 

Probably the fastest right-back in the world at the moment, a real speedster when bombing down the wing, mainly to attack but also sometimes to track the runs of wingers.

Centre-back: Sergio Ramos | Real Madrid

The fact that he used to be a full-back helps when it comes to pace, he can keep up with almost all centre-forwards when they are charging down on him.

Centre-back: Giorgio Chiellini | Juventus 

Chiellini is a very quick centre-back, he can beat many strikers in a foot race and when they have the ball, it just becomes even easier for him to dispossess them.

Left-back: Jordi Alba | Barcelona

Alba can really put his foot down, whether attacking or defending he can breeze past opposition full backs and keep up with their wingers.

Defensive-midfield: Thiago Silva | PSG 

Another player converted to being a defensive player, Silva used to be a winger, so is used to turning on the after burners as he bursts down the pitch.

Right-midfield: Theo Walcott | Arsenal 

He may or may not be a striker, but he will always have a wingers pace, easily able to get past opposition defenders without even reaching top speed.

Attacking-midfield: Giovinco | Juventus

Not only can he spread the ball around, but he can also take on defenders and get past them with ease using his speed.

Left-midfield: Gareth Bale | Tottenham

Just watching him skin Maicon in the Champions League a few years back explains why he has to be in the speed XI, perhaps the fastest player in the Premier League, he can play anywhere, drag in all the defenders and still get past them!

Striker: Cristiano Ronaldo | Real Madrid

A converted winger, Ronaldo possesses the pace and skill to get past a whole team on his own. His electrifying pace has frightened many defenders throughout his incredible career. 

Striker: Seydou Doumbia | CSKA 

Doumbia can skip past any defender with ease, when he puts the pedal to the metal, not many players in world football can catch up with him.

Strength XI

Goalkeeper: Julio Cesar | QPR 

Cesar has the reflexes to deal with shots, but also the strength to come out on top in one on one situations.

Right-back: Maicon | Manchester City 

Maicon may not have the pace of other full backs, but he can certainly outmuscle many wingers.

Centre-back: Chris Samba | QPR 

Samba is the definition of strength, I wouldn't like to meet him in a dark alley!

Centre-back: Daniel Van Buyten | Bayern Munich

Van Buyten may not look the strongest but he can oust any player off the ball with ease, and he never gives up.

Left-back: George Elokobi | Wolves 

Elokobi looks like a tank, and acts like one too, he can tackle any player without much effort at all, just muscles them off it.

Right-midfield: Alexis Sanchez | Barcelona 

Sanchez has the ability to work a defender off the ball but he also has technical ability and he can put in wonder crosses.

Centre-midfield: Yaya Toure | Manchester City

Yaya works tirelessly from box to box, marauding forward straight through players but also protecting his defence with strong tackles and pressure.

Centre-midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger | Bayern Munich

Schweinsteiger may be past his prime, but he is still strong enough to easily win tackles and he can pass the ball with incredible precision.

Left-midfield: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain | Arsenal 

Ox by name, Ox by nature, he can get passed defenders with his strength, and to make things worse, he's also very fast.

Striker: Hulk | Zenit St Peterburg

Hulk looks like a monster (what a name), he is by far the bulkiest striker there is and he uses his strength to good effect, putting the defenders under considerable pressure as we saw against Liverpool.

Striker: Emmanuel Emenike | Spartak Moscow

Emenike is another young striker who has incredible footballing talent but also the physical presence to scare many defenders.


Now that the teams are done, it is time to decide to which team would win in a match.

In my opinion, the speed XI would win as they can make much more of an impact on the slow strength XI defenders.

What do you think - who would win? Comment below!


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