The World Cup in Brazil has seen a host of previously unknown names announce their arrival on the global stage.
Here, Press Association Sport's Jyoti Rambhai takes a look at 10 surprise stars of the tournament.
Argentina defender Pablo Zabaleta would love nothing more than to win the World Cup in the spiritual home of Brazilian football.
Straight from Der Kaiser himself, the news that Germany's exemplary midfielder (and Golden Ball nominee) Toni Kroos has his heart set on a move from Bayern to Real Madrid this summer.
Kroos, who snubbed a move to Manchester United, is having a wonderful World Cup and has surely seen his value soar since Germany kicked off its campaign with a big win over Portugal.
Adidas have announced the ten-player shortlist for the Golden Ball award at the World Cup. The nominees are:
Lionel Messi (Argentina)
Toni Kroos (Germany)
Arjen Robben (Holland)
Angel Di Maria (Argentina)
Phillipp Lahm (Germany)
Thomas Mueller (Germany)
Javier Macherano (Argentina)
Mats Hummels (Germany)
James Rodriguez (Colombia)
The Italian official accused last week of favouring Argentina and Lionel Messi has been chosen to referee their World Cup final against Germany.
Nicola Rizzoli, a 42-year-old who refereed the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, will take charge of the match in the Maracana on Sunday but his appointment may be controversial.
Brazil's humbling at the hands of Germany has become the most tweeted-about sporting event in history.
Matt Smith is joined by Martin O'Neill, Glenn Hoddle and Ian Wright for live coverage of the World Cup play-off for third place from the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia.
Hosts Brazil are still reeling from their shock 7-1 semi-final drubbing by Germany. Now, Luiz Felipe Scolari's team will be expected to restore some national pride in their final match of the tournament. For their part, Holland need to overcome the disappointment of an agonising semi-final defeaton penalties by Argentina.
Holland coach Louis van Gaal remains convinced the World Cup was set up to favour hosts Brazil and says he would have preferred to have lost 7-1 than suffer penalty heartbreak in the semi-final.