‘Simply the Best!’

Story by Aaron Bliss

Alan Dzagoev

Russia

Just 21 years of age, Dzagoev has hit the ground running in the tournament with his movement and goalscoring prowess. Already the front-runner with three strikes, Russia’s technically accomplished team have found yet another gem to propel them to possible glory.

Wesley Sneijder

Holland

Not really a surprise, but Sneijder’s range of passing and dictating of games makes him a stand-out rampaging playmaker. The through ball with the outside of his boot against Denmark would have been the pass of the tournament had it led to a goal.

Mats Hummels

Germany

Continuing the long line of composed and athletic German centre-backs with film-star looks, Hummels is one of the many Bundesliga-winning Borussia Dortmund stars at the tournament.

Robert Lewandowski

Poland

Living up to expectations as the Poles’ best hope of progressing on home turf, the Dortmund striker is supreme in the air and technically accomplished on the ground, linking the play as well as presenting a huge goal threat.

Andrea Pirlo

Italy

The very Roman-looking playmaker is always one of the progenitors of flair in this Italian side, and his gorgeous through-ball for Antonio Di Natale was worth the admission price alone, although Silva’s for the equaliser was almost as awe-inspiring.

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