James Rodriguez, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Manuel Neuer, Neymar
For me, it’s a really close call between James Rodriguez and Manuel Neuer. Clearly Rodriguez has shown the world what a talent he is and surely, with the correct career path, will go on to be. However, Neuer has been a machine. The new age ‘sweeper keeper’ has been on top of his game with some amazing shot stopping and confidence supreme.
Maybe controversially, Manuel Neuer
Columbia, Germany, Costa Rica, The Netherlands
Columbia gelled together well but possibly relied a little too heavily on James/Hames/Zamezh Rodriguez. Costa Rica were the surprise package of the tournament and overachieved massively and kind of ended up waiting to see if Joel Campbell could smack one of his 850 shots from 30 yards plus in. The Dutch started strongly and petered out towards the end. Germany…the machine was oiled!
Netherlands V Spain, Portugal V USA, Germany V Brazil
Probably wasted on this category. I think we all know where it’s headed!
Germany 7 – Brazil 1
Tim Cahill v Netherlands, James Rodriguez v Uruguay, Robin Van Persie V Spain, David Luiz V Columbia
Tim Cahill’s perfectly executed volley was a truly stunning effort and display of technique. James Rodriguez’s little peek at the goalie, chest down and volley on the turn was magnificent on three levels of skill, RVP’s superman header must have left him with a crick in his neck? David Luiz, using the ‘knuckle’ technique of striking a dead ball put more wiggle and curve about than a belly dancer covered in itching powder.
For me, for the fact he had to take a quick peek, chest it down and execute the volley, James Rodriguez just pips Tim to the finish.
I was going to pop Luis Suarez straight in just for his stupidity and inability to keep his teeth to himself. Then I thought that was unfair on Fred. So I created a category just for Fred. Then I thought it was unfair on Marouane Fellaini. Then I thought it was unfair on Kevin Price Boateng. Then I found myself starting to compile a list of approximately 65% of the entire World Cup roster.
The Sherlock Award
This award is given to the player who provided the most intrigue, the most mystery, the biggest wonderment as why there were even there.
Ummm…*whistles*….dum de dum…