Feature Editor, Dominic Hanley (@Dominiho7) picks his best eleven of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
In what has been the best tournament I can personally remember, (France 98 was and still is a big favourite of mine, due to it being my first World Cup) it has been an absolute joy to watch the following 11 players showcase their talent on the world scene.
We will start with the number 1 position. We have seen some outstanding Goalkeeping displays throughout this tournament, Ochoa against Brazil, Howard vs. the Belgians, Mbohli keeping the Germans at bay and Keylor Navas and Costa Rica’s run to the quarter-finals. Tim Krul will be forever remembered for his late introducing and ensuring penalty display.
Was instrumental in helping Costa Rica in reaching the quarter-finals and conceded just one goal throughout the whole tournament. Penalty kicks proved to be Costa Rica’s undoing but they will certainly go home as true hero’s.
Whilst he didn’t start the tournament at right back, Lahm is easily the best RB in world football. Captain to the now World Champions, there isn’t currently one player who can match up to Lahm’s talents. A worthy pick in my World Cup XI
A harder choice at left back as few more players have impressed here. Rojo of Argentina has been in good form, but I think I will go for Daley Blind. Played as more of a wing back, Blind has three assist’s and a goal for the whole tournament and has become a player in demand.
Former Argentina captain, Mascherano has won everything humanly possible at club level. His dive and desire very nearly helped Argentina to win
Concreate Ron or Roncreate looked a completely different player to the one that has been at the back for Aston Villa. As his nickname suggests he was the immovable object at centre back and helped the Netherlands to four clean sheets throughout the tournament. He was unfortunate to miss his penalty against Argentina, but he has still been welcomed home as a hero.
Solid as a rock at the back for Germany he really did have a good tournament. He also managed two goals in Brazil, the second he dominated French defender Raphael Varane to score the only goal of that game. Marshalled the defence perfectly and is the third German to make my World Cup XI
Another great performance at the World Cup for Muller. He followed up his 5 goals in South Africa with another five in this tournament. Not quite enough for the golden boot award but what does he care, he is a World Champion. A constant threat for Germany, whether down the middle or on the right wing, he is only going to get better.
Started the tournament on the bench but soon made himself indispensable to the side. Schweini was impressive in the knockout stages, but in the final he hit another gear and was easily one of the best players on the pitch.
Scored one of the goals of the tournament and along with Robben helped demolish Spain. Some may ask where Messi is, well for me both of the aforementioned players best performances were in the group stage and then latterly for RVP in the third place playoff. Still RVP gets the nod for me.
- James Rodriguez
James or “Hames” as BBC so happily called him was easily player of the tournament and should have had the Golden Ball to go along with his Golden Boot award. Alas it was not to be, but he will be forever remembered for his glittering display in Brazil. Unlucky to be on the losing side in the quarter-final, this lad is destined for great things.
- Arjen Robben
Always has controversy surrounding him, mainly due to the nature in which he goes to ground… He is still an unbelievable player. Robben scored a great goal when he outpaced Ramos, despite the defender’s head start, and whilst he is now close to his thirties I don’t see him letting up anytime soon.
Think I missed someone out or you feel that others should have been included? Leave your comments below.