Talk of a power shift in world football may have been overblown, but Latin American teams nonetheless enjoyed a World Cup to remember. Les Roopanarine picks the cream of the Latin American crop
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For a while, it didn't seem as if this would be Europe's tournament. Only six sides from the continent made it into the last 16 of a competition whose early stages were dominated by Latin American excellence. The likes of Chile and Colombia, though, were thwarted by an unfortunate draw that packed many of those teams into the same half – leaving the likes of Germany and the Netherlands to progress relatively serenely to the last four and beyond. In the final analysis, plenty of Europeans have been among the World Cup's best performers – and here is how a team of them would line up....