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World Cup 2010: Our team of the tournament
Kevin McCarra, Dominic Fifield, Richard Williams and Paul Haywar - 7 years ago

GoalkeeperSamir Handanovic (Slovenia)

Given the country's population of two million, Slovenia might have been expected to look out of their depth, but performed capably to come within a point of England in Group C. Handanovic, who plays for Udinese, always looked in control of events. The 25-year-old has a calm temperament and his technique is so secure that he is entitled to be confident. Transfer bids look likely. Kevin McCarra

Right-backSergio Ramos (Spain)

Philipp Lahm and Maicon of Germany and Brazil respectively pushed the Spaniard close, but Ramos was all energy and excelled at both ends of the pitch. His attacking forays down the flank offered Spain much needed directness on the occasions their intricate passing moves became overelaborate. At the back, he was rugged and determined, marginalising Dirk Kuyt in the final, in a miserly Spanish team that conceded only twice throughout the tournament. Their intricate football caught the eye, but Vicente del Bosque's side could be just as proud of their stinginess at the back. Dominic Fifield

Centre-halfDiego Lugano (Uruguay)

The 29-year-old was the personification of Uruguay's spirit and conviction. The Fenerbahce centre-back inspired those around him with his whole-hearted displays throughout a group campaign in which the Uruguayans were not breached. The ligament injury sustained to his right knee when the quarter-final against Ghana was still goalless cost him a place in the semi-final in Cape Town, in which Holland capitalised by rattling in three. Lugano was sorely missed. When he returned in the rip-roaring third-place match he did not appear entirely fit but impressed nevertheless. DF

Centre-halfPaulo da Silva (Paraguay)

Few predicted Paraguay would ruffle feathers in South Africa, but their progress to the quarter-finals was just reward for a solidity that was summed up by the veteran Sunderland defender. Da Silva and his team-mates across the South Americans' back line, including Wigan's impressive new signing Antolín Alcaraz, conceded only twi ce in their five matches – to Italy in the group stage and Spain in the last eight – with the 30-year-old a rock at the heart of their defence. They will be hoping to see evidence of this skill on Wearside next season. DF

Left-backFábio Coentrão (Portugal)

The 22-year-old shone in a Portuguese side which conceded only once, to Spain in the second round, in their four games in South Africa. Coentrão was a marauding left-back of real skill and adventure, betraying his roots as a winger and revelling in his ability to torment in the 7-0 thrashing of North Korea. He was involved in Portugal's second-half plunder that afternoon and, while Carlos Queiroz's side may have disappointed, the youngster returned from the tournament with his reputation enhanced and suitors lining up to prise him from Benfica. DF

Holding midfieldersAnthony Annan (Ghana)

A 23-year-old jewel in the slickest and most progressive midfield in the entire tournament. Compensating for the absence of the injured Michael Essien, one of the world's most formidable players, took some doing, but Annan managed it. As in 2006, he and his fellow midfielders lacked only a reliable goalscorer to profit from their skill and enterprise. Probably not destined to stay much longer with his Norwegian club, Rosenborg. Richard Williams

Javier Mascherano (Argentina)

An absolute master of his craft, Mascherano began the tournament alongside Juan Sebastián Verón. But then, facing Germany in the quarter-finals, the man who had said the team would consist of "Mascherano and 10 others" let him down. Making a novice's mistake, Diego Maradona opted for a 4-1-2-3 formation that left his captain hopelessly exposed whenever an attack broke down and the forwards drifted gently backwards like flotsam on an ebb tide. RW

Attacking midfieldersWesley Sneijder (Holland)

Tempting to punish him for the Dutch brutality in the final but it would be cruel to replace him with Andrés Iniesta or Mesut Ozil, although Iniesta, who scored the winner in yesterday's final, would walk into a world XI. Despite the worldwide emphasis on team shape and defensive organisation, creative passing midfielders flourished at this World Cup. Sneijder edges ahead for his match-winning performances leading up to the final and the zeal with which he tried to add a World Cup medal to the treble he won with Internazionale. Paul Hayward

Xavi (Spain)

Exemplary in the most creative position on the pitch and was a fine ambassador for the Barça-Spanish style throughout the tournament. His job was made harder by Fernando Torres's poor form in the early rounds. Xavi played more passes and created more goalscoring chances than any player in South Africa. About time he was recognised as one of the world's five best footballers. Talks well too about the Barcelona philosophy of delighting the crowd. PH

Arjen Robben (Holland)

A three-man attacking midfield would need speed and Robben was the best wide man in South Africa. Injured before the tournament, Robben might have played the wounded animal but threw himself into the Dutch campaign with gusto. The doubt about him has always been that he lacks the physical courage to go with his talent. But in this World Cup he was a terror in the later rounds. Can be thrilling to watch. PH

StrikerDiego Forlán (Uruguay)

His impact created some prospect of his country returning to the World Cup final after 60 years. Forlán, 31, was remarkably energetic and showed a precision less associated with him in younger days. Three of his five goals were well-executed drives from distance. The impact came, too, after a taxing, if triumphant, Europa League campaign with Atlético Madrid. KM

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Great lineup,a few names i didn't expect but looking back overall i'd say that this is the perfect team for this formation.
I stopped reading after Javier Mascherano.
Hahahahahaha ☺☻
+ no german players in the formation!! probably because they beat england 4-0 while they should have won by 7 or 8 goals :)
:o this is the worst lineup ever!! even worse then all the spain-fanboy ones...

mine would prob be


Müller-Schweinsteiger-Van Bommel-Sneijder
you simply replaced the "spain-fanboy ones" with german-fanboy wet dreams.
the germans are deservedly in there, they played the best footy, scored the most goals, where as spain kind of reminded me of Bayern in the beg. of last season before the semis, so the only ones that really deserve to be in their from spain are villa and ramos.

benaglio played the best untill his team was out, Neuer played very well and only scrwed up once against england where upson scored, and ofcourse casillas saved spain in the semis and finals but wasnt 2 good before that.

Right defender is hard to say but all three played well

friedrich played very good in defence all tournament, dont think he had any big mistakes.

müller got young player and golden boot

schweini was one of the best in the tournament

and klose as a sub 2 villa is also ok he scored 4 goals

GK: What about Eduardo who only suffered 1 goal (which was offside btw) and made no mistakes? And Casillas wasn't good in the world cup, he was brilliant. If it wasn't him Spain wouldn't have made it so far.

RB: Definitely Ramos. He was unstoppable attacking and great defending. Lahm didn't play badly, but he was nowhere near Ramos.

CB: Pique? He did nothing special, it was a normal World Cup for him. What about Ricardo Carvalho or Bruno Alves?

Midfielders: Van Bommel??? He's always fouling, should've been sent off many times. I agree with Schweini and Sneijder. Instead of Müller there are Iniesta, Xavi or Robben (not really a midfielder).

Strikers: Villa, Forlan and Luís Fabiano would be my picks. Klose played well, but he wasn't THAT good.

Just as you chose more germans because your german, I also chose some portuguese players being portuguese. But the fact is the only thing we did well this WC was defend.
mascherano? are they kidding?
ya they are
And I thought Mascherano was a Defender!!!!!
wheres villa?
I feel so.
why not?
wheres muller
Mascherano? Annan? Handanovic? This is the worst line-up I've ever seen...and of course no Germans in there
i stopped reading after handonovic...then i was a little curios and venture a lil bit more.. and deff stop after paulo da silva.. lol seroiusly.. this is a joke of formation...
this is my formation
style of play:tikitaka(spain style)





bench:julio cesar
xabi alonso
jesus navas
cristiano ronaldo
leonel messi

lol busquets? he was responsible was the semifinal win I agree, but Busquets??
this lineup is even worse than the one posted in the article...jesus christ get over it you won the WC, but u played like s**t before the semis and cheated ur way through against portugal and paraguay then very well in the semis and then average in then final. but thats not enough to hype ur players that much. ur subs are the best tho haha CR9 and messi? where did that come from? or are u jsut takin the piss with this post?
This is Villa, and no German players at all? I know I'm biased--but come on! One of Muller, Schweinsteiger, or Klose should surely have made this team!
WTF !! -.- seriously something went REALLY wrong there o.O'

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