FIFA World Cup 2018™ Team of the Tournament

FIFA World Cup 2018™ Team of the Tournament


This team has been selected according to several
rules. Firstly, there can only be one player per nation. Secondly, the team has been selected
as one that could actually play together, and within the formation selected. This stops
the team being overloaded with strikers and attacking midfielders: they may catch the
eye, but many could not flourish without the grunt work being done behind. This is a team
that could do well, as a team, with players that caught the eye at every stage of the
World Cup. Goalkeeper: Kasper Schmeichel – Denmark (Club: Leicester City, age 31, caps 39) Denmark were one of only five sides to progress
from the Group Stage having conceded one goal or fewer, and Kasper Schmeichel then produced
one of the goalkeeping performances of the tournament as Denmark took on eventual finalists
Croatia. He saved Luka Modric’s penalty in extra time, ensuring the game went to penalties,
and then saved two spot kicks in the shoot-out. It was to no avail, but his heroics played
no small part in ensuring that Denmark exceeded expectations. Just missed out: Jordan Pickford (ENG), Jo
Hyeon-woo (KOR) Right wing back: Kieran Trippier – England (Club: Tottenham Hotspur, age 27, caps 12) A superb free-kick in the semi-final was just
reward for Kieran Trippier, who showed that he is one of the world’s leading wing backs
with a series of excellent performances. His delivery, both from open play and set pieces,
was a key factor in England’s progression through the tournament, and only four players
bettered his 3.4 key passes per game. Defensively solid, but eye-catching in attack, Trippier
took to England’s 3-5-2 system brilliantly and emerged onto the world stage as a real
talent. Just missed out: Benjamin Pavard (FRA), Sime
Vrsalijko (CRO) Centre back: Maya Yoshida – Japan (Club: Southampton, age 29, caps 87) Japan exceeded expectations and won plaudits
with their technical, tactically intelligent football, playing a 4-2-3-1 that built superbly
from the back. Maya Yoshida passed long and short, hitting the flanks or the midfield
with a series of astute, well-executed passes. He defended well, too – only Russia’s
Ignashevich exceeded Yoshida’s 8.3 clearances per game, and his defending was marked by
positionally astute covering and composure. After a tough club season with Southampton,
Yoshida can be well pleased with his Russian summer. Just missed out: Josh Risdon (AUS), Raphael
Varane (FRA) Centre back: Diego Godin – Uruguay (C) (Club: Athletico Madrid, age 32, caps 122) Uruguay only conceded three goals during the
World Cup, and captain Diego Godin was a rock at the heart of Uruguay’s defensive effort.
He made 2.6 interceptions, 2 tackles, and 4.4 clearances per game. During Uruguay’s
lacklustre early performances Godin also showed his all-round quality. As well as leading
by defensive example, he regularly carried the ball into midfield in an effort to inject
some dynamism. Calm, collected, and uncompromising, Godin showed why he is one of the world’s
top defenders. Just missed out: John Stones (ENG), Manuel
Akanji (SUI) Centre back: Yerry Mina – Colombia (Club: Barcelona, age 23, caps 15) Colombia were sometimes scintillating, sometimes
ugly and Mina was similarly unpredictable. While Colombia’s defensive system often
left him a lot to do, covering behind the marauding Johan Mojica, Mina mixed brilliant
recovery tackles with haphazard positioning and the occasional ill-conceived dribble.
Seven clearances per game shows a robust defensive style, but what gets Mina the nod is three
goals from set pieces, two of them crucial, one to beat Senegal, and then again to secure
penalties against England; no defender scored more. Just missed out: Harry Maguire (ENG), Jose
Gimenez (URU) Left wing back: Jesus Gallardo – Mexico (Club: Monterrey, age 23, caps 27) Mexico’s oscillating 4-2-3-1 slash 3-1-3-3
produced one of the games of the tournament, as they overcame Germany with rapid counter
attacks. Central to their efforts was the young Monterrey wing back, who played up and
down the touchline, supporting Hirving Lozano and making sure Mexico were not themselves
caught out. He made 2.5 tackles, 2.5 interceptions, and 3.3 clearances per game and, along with
Miguel Layun, patrolled Mexico’s flanks with energy and skill. Just missed out: Lucas Hernandez (FRA), Diego
Laxalt (URU) Defensive midfielder: Idrissa Gana Gueye – Senegal (Club: Everton, age 28, caps 57) Senegal showed that lazy stereotypes about
African teams were just that with a series of superbly organised defensive performances,
showcasing a high pressing 4-4-2 that required discipline and communication. Central to this
was Gueye, who demonstrated that he is one of the world’s most underrated defensive
midfielders. In addition to his defensive work, Gueye was crucial as Senegal looked
to keep possession until gaps appeared, and his tidy passing kept the team ticking over
– a superb, all-round midfield performance. Just missed out: N’Golo Kante (FRA), Valon
Behrami (SUI) Central midfielder: Luka Modric – Croatia (Club: Real Madrid, age 32, caps 112) Croatia’s coach Zlatko Dalic seemed to struggle
with the conundrum of how to fit two of the world’s best midfielders into his team,
and eventually solved it by adding one that wasn’t nearly as good but did all the legwork.
Croatia, and Modric, then blossomed, and the diminutive playmaker showed that he could
run games when not being asked to defend deeply. Prior to the final, Modric had two goals,
one assist, and had made almost 70 passes per game. He was also Croatia’s talisman
and leader. Just missed out: Kevin de Bruyne (BEL), Paul
Pogba (FRA) Central midfielder: Philippe Coutinho – Brazil (Club: Barcelona, age 26, caps 41) Coutinho started on the left hand side of
Brazil’s 4-3-3, sandwiched between full back Marcelo and forward Neymar. While Tite’s
Brazil underperformed, Coutinho showed that he could offer a consistent threat pushing
up and inside, fashioning shooting chances, making two assists, 2.6 key passes per game,
and completing 89.9% of his passes. He also scored twice, as many as Neymar, and managed
to chip in with some defensive work on Brazil’s more exposed flank. Perhaps the one Brazilian
to emerge with his reputation genuinely enhanced. Just missed out: Roman Zobnin (RUS), Ivan
Rakitic (CRO) Second striker: Kylian Mbappe – France (Club: Paris Saint-Germain, age 19, caps 21) France’s 4-2-3-1, which morphed into a 4-3-3,
had two real outlets: the surging carries and long passes of Paul Pogba, and the exhilarating
running of Kylian Mbappe. His pace terrified defences, his close control and ability to
fashion shooting chances yielded three goals with the chance to add to that in the final,
and his link up play showed a brilliant young footballer on the cusp of genuine greatness.
Against Argentina, he was unplayable – it’s been Mbappe’s tournament. Just missed out: Eden Hazard (BEL), Aleksandr
Golovin (RUS) Centre forward: Romelu Lukaku – Belgium (Club: Manchester United, age 25, caps 74) Four goals scored doesn’t tell the whole
story of Lukaku’s time in Russia, which ended in semi-final defeat to France. Playing
through the centre, he held up the ball, challenged defenders, and scored and created chances.
Against Brazil, he wreaked havoc on the right hand side in a 4-3-3 that saw Kevin de Bruyne
playing as a false nine. Versatile, showing superb awareness and intelligence, such as
when he left the ball for Chadli’s goal against Japan, and a constant threat, Lukaku
had a wonderful tournament. Just missed out: Harry Kane (ENG), Cristiano
Ronaldo (POR)

100 Replies to “FIFA World Cup 2018™ Team of the Tournament”

  1. Some of you guys don't read/listen -_- The video said, 1 player per country. Just because your favourite player is not there, doesn't mean you should dislike the video or be angry. I agree with this team. Great video

  2. Way better than the official XI, always feel glad to have subscribed to your channel
    Btw thought giroud would at least deserve a “just missed out” mention, he’s as good as lukaku and griezmann in terms of running the attack

  3. GK- Courtois
    LB- Laxalt
    CB- Varane
    CB- Godin
    RB- Trippier
    CM- Coutinho
    CM- Modric
    CM- Kante
    RW- Mbappe
    LW- Hazard
    ST- Perisic

    Bench:
    Pogba
    Maguire
    Lukaku
    Griezmann
    Pickford
    Mandzukic
    Mina
    Vida

  4. Great picks apart from Lukaku. He was very wasteful with his chances and only performed against smaller opponents. Replace him with Hazard and you're good to go.

  5. Unpopular opinion, cheryshev over lukaku. Russia though a surprise quarter finalists, looked really strong.

  6. CHERICHEVVVVV??
    I’m not even Russian and he was my player of the tournament (Mbappe is a close second behind)

    The reason why
    Everyone already knew who Mbappe was, but nobody knew who cherishev was. + cherichevs four goals for a left midfield as apposed to Mbappes 4 at rightWING is amazing.

  7. My squad.

    433

    GK: Ochoa (biased)

    LB: Trippier

    LCB: Varane

    RCB: Yerry Mina

    RB: Fernandes

    LCM: Paulinho

    CCM: Modric

    RCM: Kante

    LW: Perisic

    ST: Mbappe

    RW: Hazard

  8. Coutinho shouldn't be in team of the tournament tbf. You should have limited it to 2 players per team. Formation should be 4 3 3 also.

  9. My Squads:
    Cavani
    Hazard Mbappe

    Modric Pogba Kante

    Laxalt Granqvist Varane Trippier

    Courtois.

    Subs: Ochoa, Lucas Hernandez, Godin, Yoshida, Vrsaljko, Meunier, Brozovic, Lucas Torreira, Inui, C. Ronaldo, Lukaku, Perisic.
    Coach: Oscar Tabarez.

  10. Good analysis but definitely not the best team in the tournament if you only choose 1 player from a country. Players like hazard and de bruyne shined in the tournament and can easily replace anyone in this team to make a better line-up. They can also obviously link well with Lukaku, hence shouldn’t be excluded just to avoid the team being filled with players from the same country.

  11. What the hell, Coutinho was a LCM and Neymar was the LW. Gabriel Jesus was the striker. Did you even watch the tournament?

  12. Coutinho is the best player in that team. He was only considered a run-of-the-mill, Brazilian, attacking midfielder when people were blowing on about Pato being the next Zico/Pele. Barcelona could be insanely great this season if you have him linking with Messi.

  13. I like your rules for choosing, but I would change it so that the 2 finalist teams can have up to 2 players in the Team.

  14. I'd almost have Keylor Navas as the goalkeeper for his heroic, although ultimately unsuccessful performance against Brazil in the group stage. Brazil would have scored five or six goals if not for the brilliance of Navas.

  15. Always seeking out to drop the best, both Messi and Ronaldo suffered from lack of communication and team play, both of their teams were unprepared and did horrible, they could've just gotten on their knees and prayed that Messi or Ronaldo scored for them, that way they could be useful for something.

  16. Iwish the guys praising lukaku could see him rytnow…

    If uu took ahot everytime lukaku missed an open chance this season …you would die of alcohol poisoning

  17. I sure hope Japan find their footing, their players are astute, intelligent and technically gifted. They just need to find a system like their 4-2-3-1 that allows them to exploit their abilities.

  18. "one player per nation" is a completely garbage rule. The real team of the tournament will be biased towards the semi-finalists. This feels like it is coming from FIFA.

  19. The one player from each team maximum ruins it really, if all the best players came from the best team then so be it. This method doesn't really offer anything

  20. Hazard was the best player of the tournament, certainly should have been in over Coutinho. Also Ronaldo had a better world cup than Coutinho, can't see how he edged them both out. Otherwise a great video!

  21. This was a well thoughtout 11 some people would say were ronaldinho or kane but this was chossen with a good eye

  22. I feel like if Subasic had had a better final in goal he would be more considered, when you look at the stats used for Schmeichel, he one ups him for most of them, and that’s just for up to the ro16. I know you can only have one Croat and Modric deserves it, but even a place in the top right would have been nice

  23. I'd probably have put in Hazard over Lukaku. And no Russian? Surely Cheryshev or Ignashevich deserved a spot? My team of the World Cup would be thus: Subasic, Pavard, Stones, Umtiti, Kante, Modric, Trippier, Cheryshev, E. Hazard, Mbappe, H. Kane. Of course it doesn't obey the one player per nation rule, but those players were dreams to watch at the World Cup. Still I think Cheryshev for the Mexico wing back or Ignashevich for mina would be a fair amendment.

  24. Fuck offfff hazard was easily the best player in the tournament how u don’t put him in is such bullshit

  25. Hazzard played with the idea of being the third best player in the word during his match against Brazil. A must in my team of the tournament !!

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