European Dream Team of 2015 Revealed: Three from Arsenal, One from Chelsea


As we prepare to leave a year behind, CIES Football Observatory have released the Dream Team of 2015 based on individual as well as team-play contributions.


In a nutshell, CIES Football Observatory assessed a player performance based on six complimentary areas of game namely rigour, recovery, distribution, take-on, chance creation and shooting. Moreover, the out-field players are divided among six categories – centre-backs, full backs, defensive central midfielders, attacking central midfielders, attacking midfielders and forwards.

They determined the effect of each of the indicators on different categories and then performed necessary statistical analysis to bring out the best among top 5 European leagues. Three Arsenal players make it to the Dream Team of 2015, the most contributed by a single team.

Dream Team of 2015

Goal-keeper: Manuel Neuer is undoubtedly the best in his position.

Cetre-backs: Thiago Silva and Georgio Chellini came out to be the top two centre-backs. Nicolas Otamendi ranked third while Arsenal defender Koscielny got fourth place.

Right-back: Dani Alves topped the list and Hector Bellerin came out as second best.

Left-back: Another Arsenal full-back made it to the top pile. Now, it’s Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal who emerged out as the best in his position in 2015. Real Madrid’s Marcelo is next best to him.

Defensive Central Midfielder: After coming back from long-term injury, Gundogan made his point and he is the best defensive-minded central midfielder this year. Fiorentina’s Mario Badej is a surprise second, preferred to Arturo Vidal.

Attacking Central Midfielder: Since 2008, Mesut Ozil is the player with most assists in Europe and he is in form of his life this season. He is regarded as the best attacking midfielder in 2015. Belgian duo Eden Hazard and De Bruyne are the next two stars in this list. Napoli’s Marek Hamsik is just behind De Bruyne and missed out from the Dream Team.

Forwards: Three members of the deadly ‘MSN’ trio of Barcelona make the top three forwards in 2015. They were the reason behind the Blaugarana’s five accolades. Lionel Messi is a tad ahead of his South American colleagues. Cristiano Ronaldo is at fourth because of a pale 2015-16 season.



Photo by Kieran Clarke