The end of the World Cup is approaching and now comes that time when everybody starts to elect the players who will be part of the FIFA’s All Star team. Normally a lot of good players are left behind, because only 11 are selected, but since the national teams are comprised of 23 players, I will give it a shot and list my 23 top players:
Formation: 4-3-3 - The World Cup new formation trend is the 4-2-3-1, but offensive football.
IKER CASILLAS (Spain) – the best goaltender of this World Cup (maybe top 3 in the World)
Backups: MAARTEN STEKELENBURG (the Netherlands); RICHARD KINGSON (Ghana) ; LUISITO SUAREZ (Uruguay) – just kidding
PHILIPP LAHM (Germany) – Small man with a big role reputation. Very strong defensive skills. (The Argentinean Di Maria had to play in the other side of the field, because Lahm wasn't allowing him to do so).
JOHN HEITINGA (the Netherlands) – A multi-task player given his ability to play at centre-back, full-back or as a holding midfielder (Perfect in the second half against Brazil)
LUCIO (Brazil) - the sheriff. (Brazil's greatest ever defenders).
ARNE FRIEDRICH (Germany) – Very consistent and classic defender with the ability to play right back as well as in the centre.
CARLES PUYOL (Spain) – Ferocious work and talented player.
Defenders Backups: MAICON (Brazil); SERGIO RAMOS (Spain); MOREL RODRIGUEZ (Paraguay)
BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER (Germany) – one of the best players of this World Cup. Classic, talented and elegant midfielder, very technical defensively and offensively.
WESLEY SNEIJDER (the Netherlands)* – the Netherlands' attacking keystone. (Main responsible to the historical victory over Brazil). Another good candidate for the World Cup best player prize.
MESUT ÖZIL (Germany) – a sprightly and technically gifted playmaker. The World Cup’s revelation player.
Midfielder Backups: THOMAS MÜLLER (Germany), DE JONG (the Netherlands) ; ANDRES INIESTA (Spain); LIONEL MESSI (Argentina)
DAVID VILLA (Spain) – cold blood striker.(Running for the best player's prize as well).
MIROSLAV KLOSE (Germany) – A perfect pivot in the attack. Precise kicks.
ARJEN ROBBEN (the Netherlands) – Lethal left leg shot from the right corner of the box.
Attackers Backups: ROBINHO (Brazil) ; LANDON DONOVAN (USA)
JOACHIM LOEW (Germany) - his team didn't play well in the semi-final which was lethal for them, however Germany had a tremendous performance during this World Cup, tactically disciplined and perfectly executed.
Auxiliary Coach: BERT VAN MARWIJK (the Netherlands)
PS - I read the post and saw the pictures of my fellow bloggers at Real Sports Bar and it seems that they had a lot of fun. I wish I was there, but unfortunately I couldn't make it.