My Dream Team Picks of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, What’s Yours?

It’s the FIFA season right now. 32 teams started off their journey to win the ultimate trophy in Soccer, the FIFA World Cup. The 2014 FIFA world cup hosted by Brazil has been full of excitement, drama, nail-biting finishes and most of all the non-stop entertainment. There were some great moments in the 20th edition of the world biggest soccer event. Whether the game of revenge where Netherlands paid back Spain of their previous World Cup final defeat by crushing the defending champs by 5-1 or Messi – the Argentinian star player scoring his 2nd goal at FIFA after 8 long years, or the famous biting incident of Saurez.

The 2014 FIFA world cup had it all. There were some major upsets where Spain, Italy, England and Portugal didn’t make it to the 2nd round while some surprises where underdog teams like Belgium, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Algeria, and Nigeria made it to the 2nd round with Belgium and Costa Rica even reached the Quarter Finals.

Yesterday, the last quarterfinal of the 2014 FIFA World Cup ended giving us the top 4 teams of this FIFA World Cup: Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, and Germany – Nicknamed as BANG! :)

Now I have been religiously following each and every game of the tournament and hence decided to make a dream team by picking the best players of this mega event.

My Dream Team Picks of 2014 FIFA World Cup:

Arjen Robben

Arjen Robben (M):

The attacking midfielder from Netherlands has proved his real mantle yet again at this FIFA World Cup. No doubt even at the age of 30 , he’s the fastest on the ground and proved it by scoring a goal at a speed of 37 kmph maintaining it for 100 meters and making a new world record during their first game of the tournament. There was no stopping of any kind for this Dutchmen and he contributed well enough to take his team into the Semi-Finals.

Robben who also plays for German Bundesliga club, Bayern Munich, is a veteran Dutch professional football player who has represented his team on the biggest level 3 times (2006, 2010, and 2014) in a row now. Although at the age of 30, he’s considered to be the fastest on the field holding a record among all the players in this mega event. Previously he played for both Chelsea and Real Madrid before being signed by Bayern Munich and also helped Chelsea win 2 consecutive Premier League titles which earned him FA Premier League Player of the Month award too. His successful run also continued with Bayern Munich and helped them win the league title. Along with a successful campaign in the club championships, the Dutchmen has also contributed in some important games for Netherlands national team and almost helped his national team reach the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup where they lost to Spain.


Gerard Pique

Gerard Piqué (D)

Gerard Piqué i Bernabeu is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a centre-back for FC Barcelona.

A product of Barça’s cantera, La Masia, he initially left the club for Manchester United in 2004, where he remained for four years, before returning to Barça under Pep Guardiola’s leadership, helping the club become the first ever to complete a Sextuple. Piqué is one of four players to have won the UEFA Champions League two years in a row with different teams, the others being Marcel Desailly, Paulo Sousa and Samuel Eto’o.

Piqué has also represented Spain, making his debut on 11 February 2009. He played an integral role in the Spain team that won the 2010 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2012.


Giorgio Chiellini

Giorgio Chiellini (D)

Giorgio Chiellini is an Italian footballer who currently plays for Serie A club Juventus and the Italian national team. He began his career as a left-back, but made his name as a hard-tackling centre-back – Walter Mazzarri once labeled him “a force of nature, from another planet” – with a penchant for scoring headers from set-pieces. A popular figure with fans, he is the club’s vice-captain, behind Gianluigi Buffon.

He made his debut for Italy in 2004, and has since earned over 70 caps. He was selected in the nation’s squads for the 2004 Olympics, two UEFA European Championships, two FIFA Confederations Cups and two FIFA World Cups, helping the Azzurri to the final of UEFA Euro 2012.

In 2013, Chiellini was ranked as the seventh-best footballer playing in Europe by Bloomberg.


James Rodriguez

James Rodriguez (M):

Though his team lost in the Quarter Final game against the mighty Brazil, James Rodriguez earned great fame during the 20th edition of FIFA World Cup worldwide. The best performance of this Columbian striker came against the Uruguayan team in their Round 16 knockout game where he helped his team defeat one of the strongest team in South America after Brazil and Argentina. Currently he holds the top ranking for the highest number of goals scored and is the top contender for the Golden Boot award this year.

James David Rodríguez Rubio is a Colombian footballer who plays for Ligue 1 club AS Monaco and the Colombian national team. Played either on the wing or in an attacking midfield role, Rodríguez is commonly ranked as one of the best young players in the world. He has received praise for his technique, vision and play making skills, and has been referred to as the successor to his compatriot Carlos Valderrama.


Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema (F)

Karim Mostafa Benzema is a French international footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid in La Liga and the French national football team. He primarily plays as a striker whose influence can extend out to the wings and is known for his technical ability, powerful style of play, and vast goal-scoring ability. He is described as an “immensely-talented striker” who is “strong and powerful” and “a potent finisher from inside the box”.

Benzema is a former French youth international and has represented his nation from under-17 level onwards. Prior to playing for the senior team, he played on the under-17 team that won the 2004 UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship. Benzema made his senior international debut in March 2007 in a friendly match against Austria, scoring in a 1–0 win. Benzema has earned over 65 caps and represented France at three major international tournaments; the 2008 and 2012 editions of the UEFA European Football Championship and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi (M)

Lionel Andrés Messi is an Argentine footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team. He serves as the captain of his country’s national football team.

By the age of 21, Messi had received Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations. The following year, in 2009, he won his first Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards. He followed this up by winning the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010, and then again in 2011 and 2012. He also won the 2010–11 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. At the age of 24, Messi became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer in all official club competitions. At age 25, Messi became the youngest player to score 200 goals in La Liga.

Commonly ranked as the best player in the world and rated by some in the sport as the greatest of all time, Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d’Or, all of which he won consecutively, as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards. With Barcelona, Messi has won six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.


Neymar

Neymar (F)

Neymar is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Spanish club FC Barcelona in La Liga and the Brazilian national team as a forward.

At the age of 19, Neymar won the 2011 South American Footballer of the Year award, after coming third in 2010. He followed this up by winning it again in 2012. In 2011 Neymar received nominations for the FIFA Ballon d’Or, where he came 10th, and the FIFA Puskás Award for Goal of the Year, which he won. He is known for his acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet. His playing style has earned him critical acclaim, with fans, media and former players drawing comparison to former Brazil forward Pelé, who has called Neymar “an excellent player”, while Ronaldinho has stated “he will be the best in the world”.


Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm (D)

Philipp Lahm is a German footballer who plays as a full back or defensive midfielder for Bayern Munich and the German national team, both of which he captains.

Lahm is considered one of the best full backs of his generation, and was included in the World Cup team of the tournament in 2006 and 2010, the UEFA Team of the Tournament in 2008 and 2012 and in the UEFA Team of the Year 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2013. Although Lahm is right-footed, he is able to play on both sides of the pitch. He often cuts from the flank to the inside of the pitch to either shoot or pass. He is renowned for his pace, dribbling and precise tackling abilities as well as his small stature, giving him the nickname the “Magic Dwarf”.


Thiago Silva

Thiago Silva (D)

Thiago Emiliano da Silva, commonly known as Thiago Silva, is a Brazilian footballer who plays as a central defender for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain and the Brazilian national team. He is also the captain of both his club and country’s national team.

Thiago Silva has been recognized as a complete defender by his peers and critics. He has been described as a consistent defender, without any flaws, and someone who can lead any defence. A leader from the back, Silva’s play has led him to be compared to legendary Italian defender Franco Baresi. Baresi, regarded as one of the greatest defenders in football history, has gone on record to state that Thiago Silva is the defender who most resembles him, and said in June 2012 that Thiago Silva was his “heir” His leadership skills are also apparent through his success in captaining the Brazilian national team and Paris Saint Germain.

Silva scored Brazil’s first goal in the 7th minute of the 2014 World Cup Quarter-Final against Colombia. He earned a yellow card in the 67th minute, and he will miss the semi-final match against Germany.


Thomas Mueller

Thomas Müller (F)

Thomas Müller is a German footballer who plays for Bayern Munich and the German national team. Müller plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles – as an attacking midfielder, second striker, and on either wing. He has been praised for his positioning, team work and stamina, and has shown consistency in scoring and creating goals.

At the 2010 World Cup he scored five goals in six appearances as Germany finished in third place. He was named the Best Young Player of the tournament and won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, with five goals and three assists. He also scored Bayern’s only goal in the Champions League final in 2012, with the team eventually losing on penalties.


Tim Howard

Tim Howard (GK)

Timothy Matthew “Tim” Howard is an American soccer goalkeeper with English club Everton and the United States national team.

Howard started his career with the North Jersey Imperials before making a move to the MetroStars. His appearances soon attracted the attention of Manchester United, who signed him in 2003. He enjoyed relative success with them as they won the 2003 FA Community Shield, the 2003–04 FA Cup and the 2005–06 League Cup. However, after United signed Edwin van der Sar, Howard went out on loan to Everton to play more first-team football and eventually signed permanently with them in February 2007. On January 4, 2012, Howard scored a goal, his first as a professional, against Bolton Wanderers. This made him only the fourth goalkeeper to score a goal in a Premier League match.

He has a reputation for playing through pain. In September 2007 he accepted a call-up from the United States for a friendly against Brazil, and after an hour of the game his finger was dislocated in a collision. In March 2013, during an FA Cup game against Oldham Athletic he broke two bones in his back. In both incidents, he continued playing until the final whistle.


Comments

    • Rajeesh Nair says

      Yes Satyakam.. They played brilliantly as well…

      Please feel free to add your 11 Picks.. that you would love to have in your Dream Team from FIFA World Cup 2014.

      • says

        Well My team almost same except few here and there just like Christiano Ronaldo,Robin Van Persie” “Luis Suarez”,and “Manuel Neuer” as the goal keeper . Rest is same with you like Messi(My favourite player),Muller,Neymar,Arjen Robben,James Rodriguez,Karim Benzema and Gerard.
        Thanks.

        • Rajeesh Nair says

          Good Picks.. Most of them are icons but couldn’t perform well in this tournament..
          Gerrard is my favorite too.. alongside Messi, Robben, Neymar and Klose..

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