Team of World Cup 2010…so far

Minus some obvious additions, such as Messi, Robinho and Rob Green, I have put together a team of players that have impressed me in the World Cup so far. Feel free to disagree.

Landon Donovon USA World Cup 2010 Ashley Cole England England V USA (1-1) Group C 12/06/10 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium FIFA World Cup 2010 Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

GK: Diego Benaglio (Switzerland & Wolfsburg)

Very tidy against Spain. Some might have panicked at the sight of Villa, Xavi and Iniesta, but he kept his cool to earn his team a clean sheet.

LB: Fábio Coentrão (Portugal & Benfica)

Against North Korea Mick McCarthy commented that his price had increased by 4 million euro’s. He’s young, a good crosser of the ball and composed in defense, so it’s hard to disagree with him.

RB: Van Der Wiel (Holland & Ajax )/ Maicon (Brazil & Inter Milan)

I couldn’t decide between the two. Maicon is self explanatory but. Der Wiel, a less know player, deserves a mention as he has played will for the Dutch.

CB: Stéphane Grichting (Switzerland & Auxurre)

Switzerland are very assured defensively. Grichting experience has helped yield this.

CB: Antolín Alcaraz (Paraguay & Wigan Athletic)

Scored against Italy from a set piece, which is no mean feat. Wigan might have picked up a good defender here.

RM: Landon Donavon (USA & LA Galaxy)

Quite simply Donavon should be playing for a top European side. A Fantastic goal against Slovenia and a captain’s performance against England have helped cement this claim.

CM: Mehmut Ozil (Germany & Werden Bremen)

Ballack’s shoes are a big fill, but Ozil has proved a worthy understudy. He is a player with glorious vision and with astute passing ability.

LM: Elano (Brazil & Galatasary)

Considered a flop at Manchester City which is strange considering that Elano is a key man for Brazil. He is always a threat running from midfield and his two goals have proved this.

CF: Gonzalo Higuain (Argentina & Real Madrid)

Could Maradona have the last laugh after the World Cup hits its crescendo? Quite possibly because the attacking players he has at his disposal is frightening.

CF: Diego Forlan (Uruguay & Ahletic Madrid)

Uruguay’s key man will be the difference when and if his team qualifies.

CF: Asamoah Gyan (Ghana & Rennes)

Although he has missed some golden opportunities, Gyan is always looking to score. His penalty against Serbia, considering the amount of pressure on his shoulders, was fantastic.

here for the footballing journey.


  • mark

    your missing messi.

    player of thr tournament so far for me.

  • football gifts

    I notice you have no England players, quite rightly so, it speaks volumes of their World Cup so far.