World Cup 2014: Rest of the World team of the tournament
A look at the best team from the rest of the World.
GOALKEEPER: VINCENT ENYEAMA
In another example that everybody’s guts have excrement for brains, Enyeama pleaded with the referee when he gave Lionel Messi another free kick: “He’s so good and I’m so ****.’ Despite his protestations, Enyeama had an excellent World Cup and was one of the few goalkeepers with old school charisma.
DEFENDERS: MATT BESLER AND DEANDRE YEDLIN
The USA’s strike force and midfield left a lot to be desired, but the defence impressed enough to possibly earn Besler and Yedlin moves to Europe.
DEFENDER: SERGE AURIER
Linked towards the end of the season and throughout the competition to Arsenal, the purchase of Newcastle United's Mathieu Debuchy might have prevented that move. However, Aurier’s performances were assured, calm and showed attacking talent that is required of a full-back in today’s game. Another side, if not Arsenal, should take a risk.
DEFENDER: RAFAEL MARQUEZ
Playing at his 15th consecutive World Cup finals, Rafael Marquez captained Mexico at the World Cup. Written off after a poor spell in MLS, and now back in his homeland at Leon, Marquez proved the quality that had previously earned him a move to Barcelona.
MIDFIELDER: SON HEUNG-MIN
Just 22, Son Heung-min impressed in the domestic season for Bayer Leverkusen, and on this showing could soon make the move to a more established European club. He was unable, however, to help his side avoid a first-round exit.
MIDFIELDER: SOFIANE FEGHOULI
Feghouli was part of a surprisingly effective counterattacking (talk about vertical!) Algeria side, who were defeated 2-1 in a narrow defeat to Germany in the knockout stages. AC Milan may attempt to prise him from Valencia as they undertake yet another stage of their rebuilding.
MIDFIELDER: HECTOR HERRERA
Hector Herrera was linked to Manchester United as the transfer window deadline approached in the summer of 2012, but ultimately moved to Porto. Manchester United might be regretting that they didn’t have him instead of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley or Marouane Fellaini as their season fell apart under David Moyes.
FORWARD: AHMED MUSA
Musa scored two goals in Nigeria’s 3-2 loss against Argentina in Group F. Already playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow, Musa will play in the Champions League this season.
FORWARD: ASAMOAH GYAN
Few can argue with Gyan’s decision to move to Al Ain in UAE, but after an energetic and inventive few performances at the World Cup, it’s a shame a more reputable club are unable to utilise his talents.
FORWARD: ISLAM SLIMANI
Slimani established himself in the Sporting Lisbon side in his first year as Fredy Montero lost form, and he also won the Algerian golden ball. He was another Algerian who made the most of his side’s attacking, direct approach to the game.