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and Top 5 Disappointing individual performances.
but Ozil's looking pretty tidy.
Portugal's left back Contrao (sp?) seems quite good, too. Didn't see much of the Brazil game, though, so I dunno how good he was in that.
I wish Mexico would play Guardado more. He's an absolute gem on FM09 - runs past everyone. And in the real world he can smash the crossbar from forty yards.
Lionel Messi - genius on the ball, an absolute pleasure to watch.
Maicon - best full back in the world and some.
Keisuke Honda - the heart of a very entertaining Japanese team.
Wesley Schneider - Methodical yet oozes skill. Controlled the first two Holland games from midfield and absolutely essential to their further progress.
Fernando Muslera - keeper of the tournament for me so far. Looked solid and confident in everything he's done so far.
My 5 disappointments....
Sidney Govou - while it would be easy to select anyone in a France shirt and this guy could be seen as an easy target I still can't figure out for the life of me how he was chosen in front of Henry. Wouldn't make the subs bench at Forest on his showing here.
Giorgio Chiellini - same as above but bearing in mind Italy's normally reliable defensive qualities, this guy looked like he'd just stepped out the local Sunday League rather than Juve's first XI.
Wayne Rooney - World class eh? OK, whatever, next...
Abdul Keita - Despicable diver. Thankfully Ivory Coast's early omission proves cheats never prosper.
Jozy Altidore - The American Emile Heskey only even less prolific.
This will change on a daily basis...
He hasn't really been a disappointment though, as his season at Hull proved him to be more than a little rubbish.
But watching him and Robbie Findley up front reminded me of when my old man used to take me to Mansfield Town games in the early 1980s...John Dungworth and Neil Whatmore revisited.
1. Keisuke Honda
2. Landon Donovan
3. Diego Forlan
4. Philipp Lahm
5. Lionel Messi
Top 5 disappointing performances.
1. Abidal against Mexico
2. Eto'o against Japan
3. Torres against Honduras
4. Rooney against Algeria
5. Fabiano against North Korea
I thought Spain would only start him if he was fully fit, and consequently that he'd score a hatful against Honduras, but he wasn't and he didn't.
Anelka - although he almost doesn't make it as he lived up to his Incredible Sulk caricature.
hes played very well the whole world cup and is the main reason Japan have advanced (they have done well but he's finally injected some much needed attacking venom in their team)
largely because no team has impressed over 3 games. A word on Özil though: I don't like him. In the Australia game, I thought he lacked - well, he *did* lack - end product in dangerous positions. Clearly one performance isn't enough by itself to judge a player on, but everyone seems to be doing it nonetheless, and my judgement is that, in the final third at least, he's style over substance. And he has a stupid face.
just like he did in the Euro U-21 Championship final last year. The kid is on the verge of great things. Either that or a move to Man City.
The new Pablo Aimar.
has looked superb. His crossing passing are typically on the money.
Maicon for Brazil looks terrific to my neophyte eye.
Those free kicks of Honda's deserve at least an honorable mention.
David Villa on Spain looks like he's carrying the so-called best team.
Lots of big names: Ronaldo-fancy footwork and ball hogging doesn't equal greatness. Kaka has been kaka. English strikers looking lethargic. Half of everybody's goalkeepers.
At a stretch I'd say Sergio Aguero and Alexis Sanchez, but neither have played all 3 games (well, ended all 3) or produced any end product yet. What I've seen so far has been impressive though.
Though for Spain - Alonso, Ramos and Villa have stood out in the games I've seen.
Forlan looked good. Sanchez occasionally but not consistently. Impressed by a mexican midfielder cant remember his name... think it was Torrado. Isla was excellent in the first game but hasn't really produced it since. Maicon been good as well.
Ozil and Forlan have reall impressed me, as well as Messi (quite obviously) and maybe Maicon. Fabio Coentrao and Raul Meireles have had a couple of good games too.
Others have impressed in individual matches - Mphela & Tshabalala against France; Honda against Denmark; Krasic against Germany; Valter Birsa.
Disappointing..well, France and Italy teams, anyone in defence for Cameroon, most goalkeepers.
and i'm sure he hasn't got out of first gear yet. a few others have caught my eye - landon donovan, dos santos for mexico, park ji-sung ....
in no order:
messi (he's the best)
a. cole (ha, a hole...)
for the U.S.