50 Players to watch at the World Cup - No 31 Maicon

30 April 2010 11:10
The countdown continues as Robbie Blakeley looks at rampaging Brazilian full-back Maicon.

Name: Douglas Maicon
Age: 28 Club: Internazionale
International Caps: 55
International Goals: 5

It takes a lot to keep Dani Alves out of any team, but Maicon has managed it, establishing himself as Brazil's first-choice right-back going into the World Cup.

After winning rave reviews in his native Brazil and a national championship with Cruzeiro, Maicon moved to French outfit Monaco in 2004, where he was employed successfully as a wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation.

His attacking abilities didn't go unnoticed throughout Europe, and Inter president Massimo Moratti leapt at the chance to secure the player's signature in 2006.

Since signing for Inter, Maicon has been one of their most consistent performers, helping them to a hat-trick of Serie A titles. Real Madrid and Manchester City are rumoured to be interested in signing him, but an impressive World Cup for Maicon, which would come as no surprise, could push his asking price beyond the £30 million Moratti is already quoting.

No 32: Victor Obinna
No 33: Klaas Jan Huntelaar
No 34: Ryan Nelsen

No 35: Tranquilo Barnetta
No 36: Jozy Altidore

No 37: Robert Koren
No 38: Teko Modise
No 39: Simon Kjaer
No 40: Jong Tae-Se
No 41: Nadir Belhadj

No 42: Roque Santa Cruz

No 43: Park Ji-Sung

No 44: Nikola Zigic
No 45: Yaya Toure
No 46: Angelos Charisteas
No 47: Keisuke Honda
No 48: Hugo Lloris
No 49: Mario Gomez
No 50: Guiseppe Rossi

Source: DSG