World Cup 2018: Revelation XI

Revelation XI - World Cup

The World Cup is the biggest platform in football. The greatest players are put to the task of taking their country as far as they can. The same old faces perform in new shirts and dazzle the fans, but sometimes, a few fresh faces surprise the fans and critics all around the world.

Here, we take a look at the eleven fresh players who stood out and awed the fans in the World Cup.

 

(GK) Cho Hyun-Woo

The Korean stopper made quite a name for himself following his sensational performance against Germany where he made 6 saves to deny the Germans a single goal in the game which South Korea won 2-0. The 26-year-old, who plays for Daegu FC, has surely impressed a number of teams.

(RB) Benjamin Pavard 

One of the hottest prospects in the game right now, Pavard has been indispensable for France, playing 6 matches and scoring a screamer against Argentina. The 22-year-old Stuttgart defender has not lost a single game in French colors playing for the u-19u-21 and the senior team.

(CB) Yerry Mina 

A standout performer in the World Cup, Yerry Mina, scored 3 goals in 3 matches setting a new record in the World Cup. The 23-year-old Barcelona defender proved his worth on the biggest stage in football.

(CB) Domagoj Vida 

The 29-year-old defender, Vida, has been consistent at the back and registered a goal and an assist in his 6 matches in the World Cup. The Besiktas player has been linked to multiple teams after his performances in the tournament and might get a well-deserved move to a bigger club.

(LB) Lucas Hernandez 

The Atletico man was in top form for France in the World Cup. After making his international debut in March 2018, The 22-year-old ended his campaign with the highest number of assists (2) and tackles (16) by any defender.

(DM) Lucas Torreira 

One of the best performers in the Uruguayan outfit, Torreira, played in all 5 matches for his country and became somewhat of a national hero. The 22-year-old midfielder recently completed a big money move to Premier League giants Arsenal.

(CM) Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Loftus-Cheek participated in 4 matches for England in the tournament, providing an assist in the process. The 22-year-old has surely impressed his club by his mesmerising dribbling and pinpoint passing and will hope to get an important role at Chelsea or a transfer in the coming season.

(CAM) Aleksandr Golovin 

Golovin has impressed everyone since the opening game of the World Cup where he scored a goal and assisted 2. The 22-year-old CSKA Moscow midfielder also created the highest number of chances in the tournament. He has been linked with numerous European giant and is bound to complete a move imminently.

(LM) Denis Cheryshev 

Villarreal‘s Denis Cheryshev was a largely obscure figure ahead in world football of the World Cup. After scoring 4 times in just 303 minutes in the tournament, the 27-year-old winger has attracted plenty of attention from other clubs.

(RM) Ante Rebic

Another obscure player was Frankfurt‘s Ante Rebic who made his statement in the World Cup by performing consistently and industriously. The 24-year-old workhorse has been linked to numerous European giants, one of them being Manchester United.

(CF) Hirving Lozano 

The 22-year-old forward was one of the hottest prospects in world football, coming into the World Cup. Lozano has raised his stock as he scored a goal and assisted another in his 4 games for Mexico. The PSV Eindhoven star has attracted a huge number of clubs who are in a race to get his signature.

Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Of The Tournament

FIFA World Cup: France VS Belgium Combined XI

France VS Belgium Combined XI

The upcoming clash between the two European giants and neighbors, France and Belgium are one of the most anticipated games in world football right now. It might seem an impossible task to pick the best 11 players from the immense quality of both of the squads, but here at Khelpanda, we try.

Here are the best eleven players who will be on the pitch on Tuesday.

(GK) Thibaut Courtois – Belgium 

Thibaut Courtois has been sensational in the World Cup for Belgium, especially in their tie against Brazil where the Chelsea stopper gave his best performance in the World Cup yet. He made 9 saves, all of them match-saving, and helped his team beat Brazil to reach the semi-finals.

(RB) Benjamin Pavard – France 

Pavard had scored his first goal in the World Cup against Argentina, and it was a banger by every definition. The Stuttgart defender has been having a decent campaign with his country in the World Cup and will definitely look to cement his position in the French lineup.

(CB) Jan Vertonghen – Belgium 

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Tottenham stalwart, Jan Vertonghen inspired Belgium‘s spectacular comeback against Japan by scoring the first goal for the Belgians in the match, urging his teammates to grab the impossible victory.

(CB) Raphael Varane – France 

Varane certainly stepped up for France when they needed him most. His opening goal against the Uruguayans was sensational. Overall, the Real Madrid defender put on a fine performance for his country. 

(LB) Lucas Hernandez – France 

One of the players who are in the shadows of the overwhelming French squad. Lucas Hernandez has been a consistent performer for Les Blues.

(CM) N’Golo Kante – France 

One of the best players in the campaign for France, Chelsea‘s N’Golo Kante has been one of the main reasons for France’s success in the World Cup this year.

(CM) Kevin De Bruyne – Belgium 

De Bruyne put in a decent performance against Brazil and was the scorer of an absolute screamer in that match. The Manchester City playmaker has been crucial for Belgium in their World Cup campaign and will remain so in their semi-final tie against dangerous France.

(CAM) Antoine Griezmann – France 

Antoine Griezmann has been a key figure for Les Blues, he has been having an excellent campaign in the World Cup. The Atletico forward has registered 3 goals and an assist in 5 matches, he is also the penalty taker for his country so he has a fair chance of adding a decent amount of goals to his tally as they go further into the semi-finals. With a goal and an assist for Les Blues against Uruguay, Greizmann was undoubtedly the premier performer in the quarter-finals of this World Cup. The Atletico forward will be key to whether or not France lift the World Cup. 

(LW) Eden Hazard – Belgium 

Eden Hazard has been unquestionably phenomenal for the Red Devils in this World Cup. The Chelsea superstar also became the first player to win all 10 of his take-ons in a World Cup match since 1966.

(RW) Kylian Mbappe – France 

The 19-year old has been nothing short of extraordinary this World Cup. Mbappe has already scored 3 goals in his 4 starts for France. The young superstar was especially phenomenal against the Argentinians, winning a penalty and scoring a brace in a match that ended 4-3.

(ST) Romelu Lukaku – Belgium 

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The one true Red DevilRomelu Lukaku has already netted 4 goals & 1 assists in just 4 games in this World Cup, second to only England’s Harry Kane. One could argue that his decision to not shoot the ball in the 94th minute against Japan was better than his goals for Belgium.