2014 World Cup Best XI

Written by The 91st

World Cup Best XI

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The 2014 World Cup is officially in the books.

Germany’s 1-0 win in Rio ended the latest campaign, lauded by many as one of the best tournaments in recent memories, thanks in large part to an action-packed group stage.

The Germans were worthy winners, hands down the best team on a game-by-game basis during the month long tournament.

Here is TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Best XI from the the 2014 World Cup:

GK Manuel Neuer, Germany: The heroics of Costa Rican Keylor Navas caught a lot of headlines, although his run came to the end in the quarterfinals. That opened the door for Neuer, often in the discussion for the impossible to label “best goalkeeper in the world” tag. Neuer helped pave the way to Germany’s triumph, and while he may not have had much to do in Sunday’s final, he was immense throughout.

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Written by Travis Clark

No Messi? No problem for Neymar and Barcelona on Wednesday.

The Brazilian starlet led Barca to a 6-1 shellacking of Celtic in a Champions League group stage match, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist in the victory.

The Spanish side finished atop Group H, as they’ll await the Champions League draw on Monday to find out their fate.

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Written by Will Parchman

In lieu of saying one has integrity and the other doesn’t, I’ll simply point knowingly to these two exhibits and allow you to draw whatever conclusions come to mind.

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Written by Will Parchman

When perusing YouTube highlight clips, you kind of expect saccharine, dancey Europop to smother the whole thing. Usually, this more or less ruins the viewing experience. Unless you want a nice morning fist pump with your Gareth Bale goals compilation, best to play it light with the music.

See, Neymar somehow nullifies the crap music because, well, he’s Neymar. And if you’d had any doubts about him immediately coming into Barcelona and redefining the world ‘silk,’ yeah, think again.

Don’t lie. You can watch Neymar dribble through defenders like they were Scooby Doo villains all day. So let’s do that.


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Written by Will Parchman


There are obvious things to say, and then there’s this: Barcelona is going to be a lot of fun to watch for the next eight months. These two quick-hitter videos are a major reason why.

One is Neymar doing very Neymar-y things, dribbling through basalt cliffs and Krakens and Liam Neeson in Thailand. The other is a fun little clip where we get to live as Xavi’s feet for a tight-alley Barcelona passing drill. I watched the Xavi one like six times. It looks too easy.

FIFA 14 online Barcelona spammers, get your trigger fingers ready. You’re about to unleash the fury.


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Written by Marc Saake

Neymar’s brilliant first time volleyNeymar Goal Celebration against Japan in the 3rd minuted opened up the scoring for the Confederations Cup last month. The sensational top corner shot was just the beginning for Neymar and a ultimately successful campaign.

With the help of some Brazilian Air Force soccer fans we can watch Neymar’s goal from the perspective of an Air Force Drone. Drones have been flying around the World Cup Stadiums as an added measure of security. This lucky drone was part of a routine operation over the Estádio Nacional de Brasília when it captured that awesome goal.


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Written by Will Parchman

Neymar’s having an OK couple weeks. First, he signs for Barcelona for the rough GDP of Belize. Then, he cuts open the Confederations Cup, examines its anemic innards, rearranges them with surgical precision and turns the tournament into an the entertainment equivalent of T-1000.

He did it again Tuesday. Neymar participated in Messi’s charity match in Peru (Messi & Friends, the newest on Fox News) and did what you see above with essentially one of his 84,324 pistons firing.

And because nobody can get enough Neymar, here’s more from Tuesday. Skill moves. All of the skill moves.



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Gif courtesy of @KickTV.

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Nike Venom

Nike released these beauties last week, worn by Wayne Rooney and Neymar. The Nike HyperVenoms are a dynamic boot made for agility, and the ability to create space.

They have also created a buzz because of their striking look (get it: soccer, snake, venom … striking? Forget it).

More pictures are after the jump.

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