From: JK on
Futbolmetrix wrote:
>> Midfielders/wingers (so we can mix them up at will :-P):
>> [no particular order here]
>> Schweinsteiger
>> M�ller
>> �zil
>> Forl�n
>> Kevin-Prince Boateng
>> Dempsey
>> Donovan
>> Messi
>> Robben
>> Sneijder
>> Gilberto Silva
>> Kak�
>> Robinho
>> Alexis S�nchez
>> Rommedahl
>> Iniesta
>> David Villa
>> Tiago
> Bradley, Van Bommel, Xavi, Xabi Alonso

Agreed on all except Xabi Alonso. He's been good, but Van Bommel and
DeJong have been better.
From: JK on
JK wrote:
> Futbolmetrix wrote:
>>> Midfielders/wingers (so we can mix them up at will :-P):
>>> [no particular order here]
>>> Schweinsteiger
>>> M�ller
>>> �zil
>>> Forl�n
>>> Kevin-Prince Boateng
>>> Dempsey
>>> Donovan
>>> Messi
>>> Robben
>>> Sneijder
>>> Gilberto Silva
>>> Kak�
>>> Robinho
>>> Alexis S�nchez
>>> Rommedahl
>>> Iniesta
>>> David Villa
>>> Tiago
>> Bradley, Van Bommel, Xavi, Xabi Alonso
> Agreed on all except Xabi Alonso. He's been good, but Van Bommel and
> DeJong have been better.

Should have been clearer: I agree on Daniele's additions.
From: Abubakr on
On Jul 1, 10:51 pm, milivella <milive...(a)> wrote:
> Futbolmetrix:
> > The best XI based on FIFA's castrol index:
> >               Eduardo
> > Sergio Ramos   Alcaraz     Demichelis(??)    Capdevila
> > Alvaro Pereira   Riveros      Gilberto Silva      Gerrard  (?)
> >            Higuain     Villa
> Based on FIFA's fantasy game (total score):
> GK Eduardo
> RD Maicon
> CD Da Silva
> CD Jung-Soo
> LD Fabio Coentrão
> RM Chung-Yong
> DM Tiago
> AM Sneijder
> LM Alvaro Pereira
> FW David Villa
> FW Mueller
> Based on Gazzetta dello Sport's average rating (min 3 matches played):
> GK Benaglio / Enyeama
> RD Maicon
> CD DeMerit
> CD Marquez
> LD Belhadj
> RM Dempsey
> DM Yaya Toure
> AM Sneijder
> LM Park Ji Sung
> FW Villa
> FW Mueller
> Positions are not based on how the players are used in his NT (since
> FIFA and Gazzetta listed them as DF/MF/FW before the beginning of the
> WC... I know, weak excuse :P ). You can swap Dempsey and Park, BTW.
> It looks like Maicon and Villa have a spot in each list submitted so
> far.
> --
> Cheers
> milivella

This is the best X1 analysis according to this stats guy, OPTA:

Eduardo - Portugal (83/100)

Eduardo has kept a clean sheet in 15 of his 19 matches in goal for the
Portuguese, and has saved 17 of the 18 shots he faced at the 2010
World Cup; a higher proportion than any of the goalkeepers at the
tournament (so far) and a record for a single tournament only bettered
by Pascal Zuberbuhler of Switzerland in 2006 - it's a shame that the
Portuguese attack didn't appear in three of their four games.

Maicon - Brazil (83/100)

The Brazilian right full-back caused a 'did-he mean it, didn't-he-mean-
it' moment in their opening game against North Korea, by netting a
goal from an impossible angle. Maicon has created nine goalscoring
chances in this tournament; more than any other defender, but he has
also been excellent in defence, winning eight of his 11 tackles.

Gerard Piqué - Spain (81/100)

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué has continued his excellent club form
for his national team at the World Cup. Piqué has won eight of the 10
tackles that he has attempted and has made more clearances (17) and
blocks (5) than any of his Spanish team-mates. The former Manchester
United player can also boast of amazing passing statistics; misplacing
just 27 of the 273 (9.9%) of the passes he has attempted.

Antolin Alcaraz - Paraguay (80/100)

New Wigan Athletic signing Antolin Alcaraz has shown why the Lactics
boss Roberto Martinez was keen to bring him to the DW Stadium for next
season. The Paraguayan defender scored the opening goal in their first
game against Paraguay, displaying his threat when going forward, and
has made 30 clearances at the back for his national team whilst
winning all but two of his eight tackles.

Gabriel Heinze - Argentina (79/100)

Heinze started the 2010 World Cup tournament with a bang; netting the
only goal of Argentina's opening game against Nigeria after only six
minutes. The Marseille defender has won every tackle that he has put
in (4/4) and has made 11 important interceptions and despite being a
defender, only five Argentine players have made more passes in the
attacking half than him (80) - showing his threat further up the

Xavi - Spain (79/100)

Xavi started the tournament rather quietly, creating only eight
goalscoring chances in his three group stage appearances. However, the
Barcelona playmaker created eight chances in their meeting with
Portugal alone - no player in this tournament has created as many in a
single match so far. Most will be unsurprised to know that Xavi has
made the most passes (378) and has also had more touches of the ball
than any other player (420).

Tiago - Portugal (79/100)

Despite his team being knocked out of the tournament in their round of
16 match against Spain, Tiago can hold his head high following his
individual performances at this World Cup. His two goals against North
Korea were taken with aplomb, he misplaced only 30 of his 154 passes
in open play and attempted more in the attacking half than any other
Portuguese player (90). Defensively, the one-time Chelsea player was
solid; making (16) and winning (13) more tackles than any other player
in the Portuguese squad.

Thomas Müller - Germany (86/100)

The young Bayern Munich attacker has been a revelation at this World
Cup, scoring three goals and assisting three more; which combined,
means that Müller has played a key part in six goals - more than any
other player at this tournament so far. Müller has also made 19
crosses; only six players have attempted as many at this World Cup to

Luis Suárez - Uruguay (88/100)

Luis Suárez has been a major part of Uruguay's run to the quarters of
the World Cup finals, scoring three goals at the tournament; all of
which have come in his last two appearances. The Ajax forward can
boast of an amazing record in front of goal this season, scoring 55
goals in 61 appearances for club and country overall and is somewhat
of a lucky charm, having ended on the winning side in games that he
has scored in for both Ajax and Uruguay. At the World Cup itself,
Suárez has found the net with over one in every five of his shots
(21.4%) and has found the target with 64.3% of chances.

Lionel Messi - Argentina (92/100)

Arguably the best footballer in the world at this current time, Messi
is the highest scoring player based on the Opta scoring system; this
despite failing to find the net so far. The Barcelona playmaker has
attempted more shots than any other player (17) and created 14
goalscoring chances for his Argentina team-mates - only Xavi (16) has
created more. Messi has also embarked on a tournament-high 38
dribbles; emulating his boss Diego Maradona in more than one way.

Gonzalo Higuaín - Argentina (89/100)

Higuaín has netted four goals so far in this tournament, including a
hat-trick in their victory over South Korea, and in-turn becoming only
the third different Argentine to score a treble at the World Cup. The
Real Madrid striker has also managed to score a goal every 62.8
minutes on average; the quickest at the finals so far, and has a
fantastic conversion rate of 36.4% and shooting accuracy of 81.8%.


Please note - The Opta player rating system awards a score out of 100
to every player based on every ball action that has taken place in
South Africa. There are more than 350 separate categories that are
taken into account, from shooting and passing to clearances off the
line, through balls and last-ditch tackles. Each action is awarded a
positive or negative score based on its importance, leaving each
player with an objective rating score for every game or the tournament
as a whole.
From: Matthias Mühlich on
MH schrieb:
> Matthias M�hlich wrote:
>> MH schrieb:
>>> Mertesacker has been surprisingly good too.
>> ???
>> No, Michael, definitely not. Mertesacker was okay, not more.
> What do you reproach him with ?

Nothing special. Overall impression based on all group phase games.
Mertesacker's Ro16 game was okay and yesterday, he was back on normal
form again. Good. We need both CBs in perfect shape vs Spain.

> Friedrich has also played beyond my expectations. I never really
> thought he was all that good at RB; does he now play in the middle for
> Hertha too ?

Yes, he usually plays CB. No-one really knows why he often had to play
RB at the German NT.
From: Chagney Hunt on
On Jun 30, 1:09 pm, Jesus Petry <jesuspe...(a)> wrote:

After the QF

Eduardo -- Coentrao, Kjaer, Pique, Maicon; Pigherder, Alonso, Mueller,
Sneijder; Villa, Honda.

based on impression, but if I have to pick a team to win, then it's
Eduardo; Coentrao, Kjaer, Pique, Maicon; Mascherano, Alonso; Mueller,
Gerrard, Sneijder; Villa (4-2-3-1)