The other stars of the World Cup

In a previous article, we enumerated the top contending teams and their main players in the coming 2014 FIFA World Cup. But a good lineup goes beyond a single individual. Here are several more players from some of those top teams.

Left-Right: David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar - Photo by: Nick Potts | PA Wire.

Left-Right: David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar – Photo by: Nick Potts | PA Wire.

David Luiz, Ramires, Oscar (Brazil) – Chelsea manager José Mourinho cannot help but fall in love with his troika of Brazilians. David Luiz is a steady force on defense, while Ramires is a box-to-box reconnaissance man who can give the occasional goal, and Oscar has been a revelation since transferring to the Blues.

Andrés Iniesta, Cesc Fàbregas, Sergio Busquets (Spain) – they are the cogs that turn the Lionel Messi scoring machine in Barcelona, and they are the key members of Spain’s champion squads. Their control of the midfield frustrates opponents as their Tiki-Taka style is hard to stop.

Left-Right: Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets Image Source: EPA |

Left-Right: Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets Image Source: EPA |

Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) – a product of the AFC Ajax football academy, he remains to be prolific even after playing for the senior squad for more than a decade now, scoring 26 goals in 97 caps. The 29-year old was subject to transfer rumors a few years ago, but he has now settled in Galatasaray where he has chipped in 11 goals and eight assists in all competitions of the club this season.

Wesley Sneijder | Photo: EPA | DANIEL DAL ZENNARO

Dutch Midfielder Wesley Sneijder | Photo By: EPA | Daniel Dal Zennaro

Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze (Germany) – Bayern Munich is not the powerhouse club that it is without these three. Neuer is prolific between the sticks, vice-captain Schweinsteiger is an intimidating presence in the middle of the pitch, and Götze is continually showing why he was a coveted transfer last summer.

Romelu Menama Lukaku (Belgium) – Belgium is more than Eden Hazard. Ever since being loaned by Chelsea to Everton, he has had ten goals in 20 league appearances. He has also scored five goals in 27 caps for his country.

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