We have waited endlessly for this one month and it has finally arrived. The FIFA World Cup is in full flow and each player whether on the pitch or off it, is trying to make a telling contribution for his national team. As the second round of the World Cup just ended, let’s look at the Team of the Week.
An unknown entity and a free agent before the World Cup began, Francisco Guillermo Ochoa Magaña or simply Guillermo Ochoa has become a cult hero in his country, Mexico. After a series of good displays on the pitch, Ochoa accomplished something that teams all over the world have struggled in the past few years- contain the Selecao. He did that successfully and did it in some style. A few stunning saves and Ochoa has become a global star and it wouldn’t be surprising if he is on the ‘to buy’ list of many a big club.
Vincent Kompany (Belgium)
A rock at both club and country, Vincent Kompany has come on his own. His ability to marshall the troops and maintain the shape of the defence efficiently has made him one of the World’s best defenders and he has been in some form this World Cup. 2 matches and just one goal scored against his country, Belgium, Kompany has surely been one of Belgium’s best bets behind.
Mamadou Sakho (France)
Although he had a not-so-good-season with Liverpool, Sakho has been a revelation for France. A goal combined with a good performance against the Swiss has leapfrogged Sakho over other left backs such as Leighton Baines and Daley Blind for this spot. Sakho was good while going forward and was equally solid behind. His tactical awareness is supreme and although he isn’t one of the quickest in the game, Sakho is technically gifted and he too makes it to our team.
Maruicio Isla (Chile)
Chile have been one of the teams of the tournament so far after winning both their matches. While their first match against the Socceroos was a relative cakewalk, they had a Herculean task ahead playing Spain. They played the role of Goliath perfectly as Chile beat the La Roja 2-0 and a big part of that success was Maruicio Isla, their rock behind. Isla has been an unsung hero for the Chileans as he has been very consistent behind and has been quite a handful during corners as well. His performance against Spain was extremely good and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be in our team.
Martín Cáceres (Uruguay)
Considering the poor quality of right backs on offer, I had literally no choice but to go with Cáceres. The Juventus right back has been in good touch and he has been one of Uruguay’s most consistent players over this past year. His work rate has been just phenomenal and he can play anywhere from a right back to winger to a right midfielder and his versatility is a big advantage for Miguel Herrera. His aggressiveness with the ball allows him to roam around the pitch with freedom and he has been one of the best players this time.
James Rodriguez (Columbia)
At just 22, James Rodriguez is considered as one of the best wingers in the world. An ability to deliver passes that cut the opposition’s defence with rather ease, Rodriguez has made waves in the European circuit. His creativity is amazing and that’s one quality he would not want to give up at this moment considering his brilliance with the ball. Along with his passing, he has a brilliant left foot. Often criticised for his poor heading, Rodriguez answered his critics the best possible way as he scored a headed goal against the Ivory Coast.
Andre Ayew (Ghana)
I know that many of you would be expecting someone like a Toni Kroos or an Andrea Pirlo, but if you had a look at this Ghanaian’s performances on the field, I’m sure you wouldn’t have even a slight doubt as to why he is in our team. A goal in each match so far, Ayew has been spectacular. He can play in almost any position in the midfield and he takes the role of the player behind the forward. His positional playing against the Germans was fantastic and he’s probably been one of the tournament’s best players.
Bryan Ruiz (Costa Rica)
After having a dismal season with Fulham, Ruiz has terrorised defenders in the World Cup. His delightful ball control and distribution has ensured that the defenders do not have a pleasant evening and has been one of the major causes for the Costa Ricans’ soulful brand of football. A player who possesses a lot of finesse, Ruiz would be the perfect foil for our strikers and he is surely one player we must have.
Karim Benzema (France)
3 goals and 2 assists in the competition so far, Benzema has been a shining light for the Les Blues. He has been in terrific form and his shots have been unstoppable. He might have had a goal more if not for goal-line technology which had a confusion( it was a LOL moment considering goal line technology was put in for the same reason and it failed to do its job). His stats speak for themselves and having Benzema is surely going to be an asset for the team.
Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
A man whose prodigious talent with the ball is unmatched, Luis Suarez has been in a league of his own. Dancing past defenders with ease, Suarez has been the en-toto cause for opponents having a bad day. Combined with his nimble footed tricks and pace, which I must say are fantastic, he is one player who I would pay to watch for. His recent form led to awestruck commenters rechristening his name as Luis ‘Goal’ Suarez and that surely tells us why he is in our team.
Joel Campbell (Costa Rica)
Having two Costa Ricans in our team is just a small testament to their playing which has been truly fantastic. After having a stellar season with Olympiakos which included a 2-0 drubbing for the English champions, Joel Campbell has become a very important player for both club and country. His menacing pace has out done many a defender and his dribbling abilities are certainly to the eye. Joel Campbell has been one of the best players in this edition of the World Cup and he’s a certainty to our team.
We generally don’t include substitutes, but after Miroslav Klose’s historic 15th World Cup goal, we’d like to include Klose as our Super Sub.
Miroslav Klose (Germany)
Nothing needs to be said of this modern great and his 15 goals in the World Cup just shows us what a player he is. I’m not going to tell you about his greatness nor about his scoring prowess as I leave it here.