60 responses

  1. SwanseaPS
    July 15, 2014

    I think Kevin De Bruyne, Belgian midfielder, should definitely be on this list.. perhaps before Oscar..

    • Dinho
      July 15, 2014

      Absolutely agree. Oscar would disappear.

      • ATX_Colin
        July 15, 2014

        I also think Oscar had a pretty tame cup, nothing special at all.

      • Increase0
        July 15, 2014

        Yes, but one of the few of Brazil that never looked completely lost. He kept his head on and played well when they were at their worst.

      • Tom
        July 15, 2014

        Fair arguments from both

      • SBI TroII
        July 15, 2014

        That doesn’t mean you should make a Best XI.

      • Increase0
        July 15, 2014

        That’s why he is on the best 11 bench.

        =/

    • Deigo’s Maradoughnuts
      July 16, 2014

      I have seen Oscar on numerous Worst XI lists. Does anybody on Brazil’s team, save Neymar, belong on these lists?

  2. Older & Wiser
    July 15, 2014

    I though Messi was largely forgettable for the tournament. I was a bit surprised since I was expecting bigger things from him. I happen to be a big Messi fan as well.

    • Joamiq
      July 15, 2014

      He had the most chances created of anyone in the tournament. I think people are going a little overboard in their criticism of him.

      • Ali Dia
        July 16, 2014

        I agree that he did a fine job for his team, which was not set up really to maximize his ability (how many teams are?). Not sure how he could’ve done all that much better (there are a few things, but he did well)

        But I can’t stand the “chances created” metric. Wildly subjective. Rewards mediocre buildup play and half-opportunities (i.e. the ones we typically give Mexico by the dozens… would love to see the “chances created” from the most recent 2-0 in Columbus. Not one scared me in the least.). Pet peeve I guess. Just wonder why these people can’t keep better tabs on more objective things (try looking up detailed historical stats on penalties saved/missed etc… shouldn’t this be easier?)

  3. A.S.
    July 15, 2014

    I think Kroos has to be on the Best XI. Take out any of Robben, Messi or Muller.

    • Increase0
      July 15, 2014

      Kroos isn’t a forward. I know he is large and scored a few goals but he is 100% a center midfielder.

    • beachbum
      July 15, 2014

      Kroos over Schweinsteiger maybe? somehow Kroos on the XI tho as maybe even Germany’s best player in Brazil. Kroos and the ones chosen all worthy imo; maybe drop Messi and go with 4 mids

      • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
        July 15, 2014

        Kroos had a poor final. I will agree that he had a better overall tourney than Schweiny, who sat the bench for a while during the Lahm midfield experiment, but Bastian was quite good in the final (despite all his time rolling around on the pitch).

      • beachbum
        July 15, 2014

        wouldn’t say it was poor but that’s cool, we disagree there. Schweinsteiger had a great final, definitely, but still thought Kroos was the best German in Brazil with Mueller, saying quite a bit that is I know

    • Joamiq
      July 15, 2014

      Kroos had a much better tournament than Oscar.

  4. iggy
    July 15, 2014

    I’d drop Tiago Silva down….yes, he is clearly important to his team, but he missed the semi for a stupid yellow card, and oh boy did it cost them.

    • Dave
      July 15, 2014

      +1

      That bonehead 10 secs cost Brazil dearly. He should have been playing, and a little organization and shape might kept them in the game.

      His part in the ignominy should not be neglected.

      • Anthony
        July 15, 2014

        Big miss, but that would not have prevented a Germany victory. With Neymar and Silva, Germany still would have won. I think it would not have been 7 -1 (really should have been 9 -1 because Germany missed two clear chances). I think Germany still would won 3/4 – 1. Brazil is just an emotionally weak team. They need more steel/resilience.

      • beachbum
        July 15, 2014

        what’s the stock market doing tomorrow?

    • beto
      July 15, 2014

      Oh Ya.. probably the highest rated CB in the world before the cup did not have a good tournament!

    • beachbum
      July 15, 2014

      +1 huge brain fart, and it cost them

  5. MiamiAl
    July 15, 2014

    I had no idea Mascherano had a torn anus…

    • Dinho
      July 15, 2014

      Ha! I missed that the first time through. Is that true? That is too funny…way too easy to crack jokes (yes, crack was used on purpose)

    • Neeskens13
      July 15, 2014

      He’s going to have a problem keeping things tight at the back!

  6. arg
    July 15, 2014

    Howard for the 3rd TEAM

    Sounds about right.

    the best GK in the tournament, are they measured on

    Man of the Match awards? Saves? Clean sheets? or what?

    cause the 3 selected for ALL TEAM TOURNAMENT should be Neuer, Navaz and Howard

    • Anthony
      July 15, 2014

      3rd is a pretty battle btw Howard, Enyema and Raïs M’Bohli (maybe Ochoa, but I was one of the few who felt his performance against Brazil was overrated).

      • froboy
        July 15, 2014

        His one save on Neymar was ridiculous, but other than that one I agree.

    • Joamiq
      July 15, 2014

      Howard only played 4 games though, so I have no problem with him not being selected as a finalist for best keeper. Courtois and Ospina were both also very good.

  7. arg
    July 15, 2014

    Toni Kroos was pretty good

    Schweinsteiger showed how GREAT he is.

    but what about the starting XI for worst players of the tournament? Does Costa make it?

    • Benjamin C.
      July 15, 2014

      Just put any 11 players from Cameroon that saw action and you will have a Worst XI. What a dreadful showing.

      • Bird
        July 15, 2014

        Worst 11:
        Balotelli, Dzeko
        Hulk Honda Modric Prince Boateng
        Duarte Pepe Luiz Izaguirre
        Casillas

      • SBI TroII
        July 15, 2014

        Fred<Balotelli

      • Increase0
        July 15, 2014

        Naw, Honda was the only Japanese player on his game.

        Put Hazard on that list.

      • EspinDOHla
        July 15, 2014

        Definitely Hazard over Honda. Hazard was invisible, Honda at least carried his team.

      • EspinDOHla
        July 15, 2014

        For as bad as he was, Casillas was at least better than the Russian keeper. That guy was just terrible and completely refused to catch a ball.

      • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
        July 15, 2014

        Not enough Spain or England on that team. Pique? Alonso? Gerrard?

      • beachbum
        July 15, 2014

        how about Muntari?

  8. Francois
    July 15, 2014

    Shaqiri? He should be somewhere on that list.

  9. Benjamin C.
    July 15, 2014

    Manuel Neuer was great and was definitely entertaining to watch for a goalkeeper. However, for whatever reason, I get the feeling he potentially has an epic blunder in him that will cost Germany a trophy somewhere down the line.

    • chuck
      July 15, 2014

      To be fair, I’m sure all German fans would trade winning the 2014 Fifa World Cup ™ for a “potentially epic blunder that will cost Germany a trophy somewhere down the line.”

      • Benjamin C.
        July 15, 2014

        There is a major possibility that this theoretical blunder never comes, but he takes a fair number of risks, so the chances are there. Plus, most extremely serious fan bases don’t allow past success to prevent them from getting angry over failure in the present. I’m from the South and have to hear the constant whining of Alabama fans whenever they don’t win a National Championship in college football, despite all of their accomplishments, both recent and in the more distant past.

    • EspinDOHla
      July 15, 2014

      I agree that the way he plays could lead to “an epic blunder” but that’s also what the commentators were saying throughout the tournament and it didn’t happen. More power to him for keeping it clean!!

  10. Bird
    July 15, 2014

    Bryan Ruiz? Joel Campbell for sure! Khedira was great, when he played. But he only played in 3 games out of 7.

  11. chuck
    July 15, 2014

    I thought Jan Vertonghen of Belgium was worthy of making one of these teams.

  12. Luke
    July 15, 2014

    Am I the only person who thinks that Navas and arguably Howard had a better tournament than Neuer, if not only because they both had more to do? Don’t get me wrong, Neuer was great, but I don’t feel like Neuer kept his team in games the way Navas and Howard did.

    • Mikey K
      July 15, 2014

      I agree, both did very good and made great saves.

    • nato
      July 15, 2014

      Neuer was arguably man of the match for Germany against Algeria

      plus he has like 4 cleansheets I believe

      It should be ranked as Neuer, Navas, Howard, Ochoa, Algerian keeper

      • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
        July 15, 2014

        Courtois looked good as well.

    • Xander Crews
      July 16, 2014

      I actually thought Howard was pretty overrated by many. He had one outstanding game against Belgium, but I put a portion of the blame for Portugal’s equalizing goal on him. Watch it again and see that he had nobody in front of him to guard against, only the one man on the back post who put the ball in the net. He should have come out for that cross, as he didn’t need to worry about someone cutting in front of him.

  13. SBI TroII
    July 15, 2014

    I would have had Fabian Johnson in the third team and bumped one of the extra CBs listed. And even as a big Jermaine Jones fan I would have Di Maria over him. Jones seemed to wear out as the tournament wore on.

  14. Roberto
    July 15, 2014

    1st team…totally eurosnob…Vlaar is better for a Robocop starring role. put Medel there. Mascherano is an Argentinean invention, the guy is all effort but face it, he can’t play the ball. put Vidal even if he’s injured he can fly circles around Masche. Messi doesn’t deserve first team honours , do you work for Blatter? rest of the team is eurosnob I can think of so many others but right now gotta go.

    • Roberto
      July 15, 2014

      oh and Junior Diaz from Costa Rica at LB rather than Daley Blind..Medel has to be there for Vlaar because he’s is better on the ball and will tackle with his head if necessary and play with groin injury…did you know he’s was given a hero medal from the army? first soccer player to get it? Vlaar ?? seriously? I’m the biggest Messi fan but cmon he’s a real dissapointment and his body language and “pecho frio” attitude got me real fed up. he was “good” (for his standard) only in the first phase

    • Marcelo Balboa’s Mustache
      July 15, 2014

      Chile homer? Masherano was a rock and he distributed very well out of the back. He’s the main reason Arg kept a clean sheet through the knockout round. No disrespect to Vidal, but Javi had a WAY better tournament.

  15. skatetyb
    July 15, 2014

    did you not see howard save the baby from the fire, and save a cat falling from a tree!!! he’s best 11 for sure!!!

  16. Joamiq
    July 15, 2014

    I seem to be the only person who thinks this, but I think Hummels has been a little overrated. He’s a very solid centerback, no doubt, but his lack of pace would hurt Germany more if they didn’t have Neuer behind him.

    • beachbum
      July 15, 2014

      could be tho he came up big in more than just a couple of games in Brazil. Boateng was pure beast mode in the final and dominated, outshined him and all in the final imo

    • Borussia DortMan
      July 16, 2014

      Haha you must not watch the Bundesliga saying that.

  17. Bradley’s Missing Mop
    July 16, 2014

    The fact that Argentina doesn’t have a defender up until the 3rd team is a joke.

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