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ESPN FC Player of the World Cup

The top performers from the 2014 World Cup have been whittled down to a five-man shortlist by stats website WhoScored.com and our panel of experts. The nominated players are Arjen Robben, James Rodriguez, Lionel Messi, Neymar and Thomas Muller.

Each of them has his merits, as detailed below -- but i...

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14 minutes ago

World Cup has been kind to Mourinho

Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle is one of the few Premier League players that will return from the FIFA World Cup with an enhanced reputation.

There was a popular joke that did the rounds throughout the final week of the World Cup.

"What's that scrabbling sound?"

'It's PSG's owners trying to find the receipt for David Luiz."

After a Titanic-like captaincy of a 7-1 defeat to Germany, Luiz's tears in a clown's wig in Belo Horizonte recalled ...

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The World Cup's worst awards

ESPN FC's Craig Burley gives his worst starting XI for the World Cup.

As Germany celebrates, it's time to look back at the World Cup. Sure, there are Golden Balls, Boots and Gloves, but what about some of the more dubious achievements? For a look at the "worst of," it's over to Iain Macintosh.

Worst refereeing performance

For a time, it seemed that no referee would ri...

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Pressure's on Pardew to deliver

Remy Cabella's move to Newcastle has lifted the mood on Tyneside.

As Germany began to celebrate their fourth World Cup victory late on Sunday night, news broke on Tyneside that Newcastle had signed Montpelier's French international midfielder Remy Cabella for a fee of around 12 million pounds.

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MLS Review: Dominant Henry, Dempsey's back

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The league's leading lights made their presence felt across MLS in Week 18.

Big names put in big performances, from Toronto and New York to Seattle and Vancouver. Cresting the halfway point and headed toward the All-Star Game, MLS is far from done but has provided enough evidence to make clear judge...

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Who was the number one No. 1?

ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop gives his take on Manuel Neuer winning the Golden Glove and gives his top 5 goalies from the World Cup.

It has been a World Cup of outstanding goalkeeping, but who were the best of the best? ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop picked his top five and explained his reasoning.

1. Manuel Neuer (Germany)

He didn't have many shots to save but was not found wanting either. Where Neuer separated himself, though, was in his preparedness to come off his line. It's risky but he wasn't caught wanting and, by doing it so often, he has almost redefined the role of goalkeeper.


Key stat: Neuer had 80 touches outside his penalty area, the most by a goalkeeper at a World Cup in the last 50 years.

2. Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)

He was the best shot-stopper in the World Cup. He wasn't even Miguel Herrera's first choice before the tournament and yet proved unbeatable at times. His save from Neymar's header was as good as any we saw.


Key stat: Ochoa's six saves vs. Brazil were the most any Mexican goalkeeper has had in a World Cup game since 1966.

3. Tim Howard (United States)

That the United States not only made the round of 16 but ran Belgium so close was due in no small part to Howard. His positioning was perfect and was a major reason why he made as many saves as he did, with various parts of his anatomy.


Key stat: Howard set a record for most saves in a World Cup match with 15 in the round of 16 vs. Belgium.

4. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

He slipped behind Ochoa and Howard only because he didn't have to make as many spectacular saves as his CONCACAF counterparts. He was never flustered and did everything well, including the organization of an outstanding Costa Rica defence.


Key stat: Navas led the World Cup with a 91.3 save percentage (minimum two games).

5. Vincent Enyeama (Nigeria)

After he excelled in South Africa four years ago, Enyeama's reputation was well-known and he was once again a consistent force for Nigeria. He is susceptible aerially -- as France exploited -- but, in general, he was impressive. Plus, he always looked like he was enjoying himself!


Key stat: Enyeama's nine saves vs. Argentina tied the record he set in 2010 vs. Greece for most saves by a Nigerian in a World Cup game.

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