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PST’s Team of the 2014 World Cup: ProSoccerTalk’s best XI

Jul 13, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

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It has been a stunning World Cup throughout the summer, as the world’s best national teams have descended on Brazil.

Stars have been born, others big names have faded but overall there have been a plethora of players who have shone on soccer’s biggest stage. Germany won the World Cup thanks to Mario Gotze‘s moment of magic, as Argentina took them all the way in a tense but entertaining finale.

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Below is PST’s best XI from the 2014 World Cup, picked by yours truly, plus a list of players who earned honorable mentions.

Do you agree with our selections? Either way, let us know in the comments section below.

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PST’s Team of the World Cup – (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Defenders: Philipp Lahm (Germany), Ron Vlaar (Netherlands), Mats Hummels (Germany), Daley Blind (Netherlands)

Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Argentina), Toni Kroos (Germany) Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Forwards: Arjen Robben (Netherlands), Thomas Muller (Germany), James Rodriguez (Colombia)

—Neuer—

Lahm—Vlaar—Hummels—Blind

—Kroos—Mascherano—

—Rodriguez—Messi—Robben—

—Muller—

Honorable mentions: Keylor Navas (Costa Rica), Tim Howard (USA), Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Costa Rica), Alexis Sanchez (Chile), Gary Medel (Chile), Jermaine Jones (USA), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), Jackson Martinez (Colombia), Paul Pogba (France), Karim Benzema (France), Mathieu Valbuena (France), Vincent Kompany (Belgium), Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium), Thiago Silva (Brazil, Neymar (Brazil), Raphael Varane (France), Granit Xhaka (Switzerland), Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland), Ricardo Rodriguez (Switzerland), Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands), Hector Herrera (Mexico), Oribe Peralta (Mexico), Tim Cahill (Australia), Islam Slimani (Algeria), Rafik Halliche (Algeria), Sofiane Feghouli (Algeria), Martin Demichelis (Argentina)

  1. simonkulberg - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Why Messi? Bandwagon much?

  2. Arun Krishnan - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    I think Neymar should be in there ahead of Messi. Odd that he didn’t get a honourable mention.

    Otherwise, only minor quibbles, RicRod could have started ahead of Lahm but certainly wouldn’t argue the point over much.

    • Arun Krishnan - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:21 PM

      Looks like i just missed Neymar there. Still think he should be ahead of Messi

  3. drussell17 - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    No hm for Schurrle or Goetze?

  4. wwsiralexd - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Why Neuer? It’s not like he had to do a lot.

    • godsholytrousers - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      Neuer made his saves at the edge of the back 1/3, not inside the 6.

    • martin492013 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:24 AM

      Its for his efforts in the entire tourney not just today

  5. httv14 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    I agree with the team, but I think Garay’s performance has gone under-appreciated. I thought that he was one of the best centerbacks of the tournament. I also think that van Buyten was the better CB for Belgium.

  6. sportsfan69 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Where’s the mention of Schurrle’s performance? He had a couple of outstanding set ups throughout the game. He filled in for Sam K., he was amazing. Gotze was clutch. World class score.

  7. ravenswhat - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    I would put Kompany in that starting unit. He was ridiculous patrolling in the Belgian D.

  8. twayward - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    agree with ravenswhat. kompany was fantastic for belgium. In my XI over Blind as there wasn’t really a stand-out left back as worthy of a spot (besides, if World Cup coaches can play central defenders at left back, why can’t I? :-)

  9. vipod4ever - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Jerome Boetang…best overall defender, he was a monster today!

  10. sportsbastard - Jul 14, 2014 at 3:32 AM

    Clint Dempsey deserves an honorable mention, he was the only USMNT threat, the goal vs. Ghana was a thing of beauty.

  11. cupquest - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Hummels? Wow this is nonsense. Boateng was simply sensational — bth in his defense and distribution from the back.

  12. ballsballsandmoreballs - Jul 14, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Robben should NOT be on this list.

    He’s a flopper and probably cost Mexico an advance to the quarter finals.

    I used to like him, now I don’t.

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