Thursday, July 15, 2010
WC Starting XI
Maicon - Juan - Coentrao
Mueller - Sneijder - Iniesta
Casillas - Kept a clean sheet in all 4 group games when he had to be perfect.
Maicon - Perfect blend of speed, power and defensive smarts. Unforgettable strike vs N Korea as well. Narrowly edged out Ramos for me.
Juan - Juan was even more effective than Lucio in the heart of Dunga's D. No one in the WC had more tackles than he did (11) and he only played 6 matches.
Coentrao - 9 clearances, 7 tackles, Fabio was key to Portugal's superb defense. He was also a terror going forward.
Xavi - The key to Spain's offense, he completed 544 passes, 54 more than 2nd place. Xavi also covered more ground than anyone in the tournament at 80.20 km.
Schweinsteiger - He emerged as a deep lying playmaker this WC driving Germany's potent attack. He was 2nd in distance covered with 79.80 km.
Mueller - Golden Boot winner for his 5 goals and 3 assists.
Sneijder - Possibly the best playmaker in the world, he carried the Netherlands to the Final with his 5 goals.
Iniesta - Most dangerous player in the 2nd half of the Final. Calmly drilled home the biggest goal in Spain's history in extra time.
Villa - 5 beautiful goals for a team that only scored 8 all tournament.
Forlan - My MVP of the tournament. 5 goals, 3 of which were outside the penalty area. No one did more to carry his team - and he got them to the 3rd place game. I actually saw him score a great goal in an exhibition vs Club America back in the summer of 2003 when he was with Man U. Yeah, of course I knew he would put his stamp on the biggest stage.