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Picking the Dream Team, 2011-12 edition

Updated: April 12, 2012, 7:54 PM ET
By James Martin

From the sublime to the ridiculous -- which is to say, from Lionel Messi to Mario Balotelli -- we've been mightily entertained this European season as it winds down across the continent. So what better time to engage in that time-honored (and, if you're at work, time-wasting) tradition of picking your best starting XI?

But let's not take the path of least resistance and select anyone we want. Do that, and most of us will end up with a mutant hybrid of Barcelona and Real ...

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