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World Cup 2014 - Must Watch Players (UK)

A Prezi showcasing the best players of the World Cup 2014 in Brazil that you need to watch.
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Spencer Waldron

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Brazil: Neymar
Name:
Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
Date of Birth:
05/02/1992
Place of Birth:
Mogi das Cruzes (Brazil)
Current Club:
Barcelona (Espanha)
Playing Position:
Forward


Neymar began his career in the youth divisions of Santos Futebol Clube, where he made his professional debut at 17. He was transferred to Barcelona in May 2013, where he was welcomed by 56,000 fans.

Neymar made his first apperance with the Brazilian National team in July 2010, in a match against the United States, when he also scored his first goal for the national team.
Croatia: Modric
Name
: Luka Modrić
Date of Birth
: 09/09/1985
Place of Birth
: Zadar (Croatia)
Current Club
: Real Madrid (Spain)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Modrić turned professional with Dinamo Zagreb in 2003 . At just 18, when he was loaned out to Zrinjski Mostar, Modrić was voted league player of the year. From 2008 to 2012 Modric was with the Tottenham Hotspurs, which he left in August 2012 to join Real Madrid.

Modrić has the nickname David Guetta, due to his resemblance to the singer of the same name. In honor of Modrić, the singer made a song for Modrić while he was playing for Tottenham.


Mexico: 'Chicharito' Hernández
Name
: Javier Hernández Balcázar
Date of Birth
: 01/06/1988
Place of Birth
: Guadalajara (Mexico )
Current Club
: Manchester United ( England)
Playing Position
: Forward

In 2010, as the son of former player Javier Hernández Gutiérrez and the grandson of Tomás Balcázar, Javier Hernández Balcázar was the third generation of his family to play for the Mexican national team in the World Cup.

Hernández began his career at Chivas Guadalajara, where he spent four years, and transferred to Manchester United in 2010, where he scored 20 goals in his first season in the English Premier League.

Cameroon: Eto'o
Name
: Samuel Eto'o Fils
Date of Birth
: 10/03/1981
Place of Birth
: Douala (Cameroon)
Current Club
: Chelsea (England)
Playing Position
: Forward

Eto'o came to prominence playing for RCD Mallorca, drawing the attention of FC Barcelona, ​​where he transferred to in 2004. In 2009 Eto'o transferred to F.C. Internazionale Milano and then to Anzhi Makhachkala in 2009 and, most recently, he transferred to Chelsea F.C. in 2013, where he currently plays.

Eto'o joined the the Cameroonian national team at 15 and, at 17, was the youngest participant in the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

Spain: Iniesta
Name
: Andrés Iniesta Luján
Date of Birth
: 11/05/1984
Place of Birth
: Fuentealbilla (Spain)
Current Club
: Barcelona (Spain)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Iniesta joined FC Barcelona youth academy when he was 12. Debuting for Barcelona in 2002, Iniesta was part of a team that won six La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey titles, six Supercopa de España titles, three UEFA Champions League titles, two UEFA Super Cup titles and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

Playing for Spain, Iniesta was part of the team that won two UEFA European Championships and the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where Iniesta scored the overtime goal that gave the title to Spain.
Name
: Arjen Robben
Date of Birth
: 23/01/1984
Place of Birth
: Bedum (Netherlands)
Current Club
: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Robben started his career at FC Groningen and at age 18 transferred to PSV Eindhoven, where in his first year they won the Dutch national championship. In 2004 Robben was transferred to Chelsea FC. In 2007, he transferred to Real Madrid C.F. and in 2009, he transferred to FC Bayern Muenchen.

Robben’s first tournament for the Dutch national team was in the 2004 UEFA European Championship, when the Dutch fell in the semifinal . Robben also participated in two FIFA World Cups, in 2006 and 2010.


Chile: Sánchez
Name
: Alexis Alejandro Sánchez
Date of Birth
: 19/12/1988
Place of Birth
: Tocopilla (Chile)
Current Club
: Barcelona (Spain)
Playing Position
: Forward

Sanchez played one season in Chile with the youth league of Club de Deportes Cobreloa and then joined Udinese Calcio in 2006. In July 2006, Udinise loaned Sanchez for one season to one of Chile's biggest teams, Colo-Colom followed by a loan to Club Atlético River Plate, he then transferred to FC Barcelona in 2011.

He made his debut with the Chilean national team at 17 and played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when Chile was eliminated after losing to Brazil in the quarterfinals.
Australia: Tim Cahill
Name
: Timothy Cahill Filiga
Date of Birth
: 06/12/1979
Place of Birth
: Sydney (Australia)
Current Club
: New York Red Bulls ( USA )
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Before playing for the Australian national team, Tim played in the 1994 OFC U-20 Championship for Somoa, as his mother is Samoan. Cahill played for Australia in 2004 and in both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups.

From 2004 to 2012 he played for Everton FC. In October 2006, Cahill was named as one of 50 nominees for the Ballon D'Or, becoming the first Everton player in 18 years to be nominated, and the only player on the list from an AFC nation. In 2013 Cahill signed with the New York Red Bulls.

Greece: Mitroglou
Name
: Konstantinos Mitroglou
Date of Birth
: 12/03/1988
Place of Birth
: Kavala (Greece)
Current Club
: Fulham (England)
Playing Position
: Forward

Raised in Germany, Mitroglou began his professional career in 2006 with Borussia Mönchengladbach. In 2007 Mitroglou was signed by Olympiacos FC, where he played until 2014, when Mitroglou transferred to Fulham FC.

Mitroglou played for the Under-19 and Under-21 Greek junior national teams and made his debut with the Greek national team in 2009, at just 21.

Japan: Keisuke Honda
Name
: Keisuke Honda
Date of Birth
: 13/06/1986
Place of Birth
: Settsu, Osaka (Japan)
Current Club
: Milan (Italy)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Honda caught the attention of clubs when playing a championship match between Japanese schools in 2004. He needed a special permission to play for Nagoya Grampus in 2005 because he was still at school age.

Honda played for three years for VVV-Venlo. In 2008 Honda transferred to PFC CSKA Moscow and, most recently, transferred with AC Milan in 2014. Honda played for the Japanese national team at the FIFA World Cup in 2010
Argentina: Messi
Name
: Lionel Andrés Messi
Date of Birth
: 24/06/1987
Place of Birth
: Rosario (Argentina)
Current Club
: Barcelona (Spain)
Playing Position
: Forward

Messi started in the youth division of CA Newell's Old Boys. At the age of 11, Messi was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency. Barcelona offered to pay Messi's medical bills on the condition that he moved to Spain and he has been with Barcelona ever since.

Messi is considered to be the best football player in the world, and by many, of all time. Messi is the first football player in history to win four FIFA/Ballons d'Or as well as the first to win three European Golden Shoe awards.


Honduras: Wilson Palacios
Name
: Wilson Roberto Palacios Suazo
Date of Birth
: 29/07/1984
Place of Birth
: La Ceiba (Honduras )
Current Club
: Stoke City (England)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Palacios started his career with CD Victoria, transferring to CD Olimpia. After five years Palacios was loaned to Birmingham City FC and after six months signed with Wigan Athletic FC. In 2008 Palacios signed with Tottenham Hotspur FC and, in 2011 signed with Stoke FC.

Palacios has played for the Honduran national team since 2003 and played for Honduras in the 2010 FIFA World Cup with two of his brothers, Johnny and Jerry Palacios, which was the first time three brothers have played in the World Cup.
France: Benzema
Name
: Karim Mostafa Benzema
Date of Birth
: 19/11/1987
Place of Birth
: Lyon (France)
Current Club
: Real Madrid (Spain)
Playing Position
: Front

Benzema started his career defending Olympique Lyonnais, his hometown club. In 2009, he was signed by Real Madrid, scoring the only goal of the match on his debut.

Real Madrid became champion of the UEFA Champions League: 2013-14.

The player of Algerian origin, opted to play for France instead of Algeria in 2006. He competed with the French national team in the European Championships of 2008 and 2012.
Ecuador: Valencia
Name
: Luis Antonio Valencia Mosquera
Date of Birth
: 04/08/1985
Place of Birth
: Nueva Loja (Ecuador )
Current Club
: Manchester United ( England)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Valencia started his career at CD El Nacional in 2003. Two years later, Valencia was signed by Villarreal CF, loaned out to Recreativo de Huelva and Wigan Athletic FC. Most recently, Valencia signed with Manchester in 2009.

Valencia debuted with the Ecuadorian national team in 2004 and played in the 2006 World Cup.
Switzerland: Shaqiri
Name
: Xherdan Shaqiri
Date of Birth
: 10/10/1991
Place of Birth
: Gnjilane ( Kosovo )
Current Club
: Bayern Munich (Germany)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

An ethnic Albanian, Shaqiri was born in the Kosovo region in the former Yugoslavia and moved to Switzerland as a child. At 18, Shaqiri debuted with FC Basel, and was part of the championship teams that won three Swiss Super League titles.

In 2012 Shaqiri was signed by Bayern Muenchen, where he was part of teams that won two German Bundeslinga titles, one German Supercup title and one UEFA Champions League title.
Italy : Balotelli
Name
: Mario Balotelli Barwuah
Date of Birth
: 12/08/1990
Place of Birth
: Palermo (Italy)
Current Club
: Milan (Italy)
Playing Position
: Forward

Balotelli was born in Italy to immigrants from Ghana, but was fostered and eventually adopted by an Italian family, giving him the name Balotelli.

Balotelli began his professional football career at 15 with AC Lumezzane in 2006 and a year later signed with FC Internazionale Milano. In 2010 Balotelli transferred to Manchester City and most recently transferred to AC Milan in 2013.

England : Rooney
Name
: Wayne Mark Rooney
Date of Birth
: 24/10/1985
Place of Birth
: Liverpool (England)
Current Club
: Manchester United (England)
Playing Position
: Forward

Rooney made his debut for the English national team in 2003, at the age of 17 and played for England in the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups as well as the 2004 & 2012 UEFA European Championships.

Rooney started his professional football career with Everton FC and after two years, signed with Manchester United in 2004, where he has been part of a championship team that has won five Premier league titles, one UEFA Champions League title and one FIFA Club World Cup.
Costa Rica: Bryan Ruíz
Uruguay: Suárez
Name
: Luis Alberto Suárez Díaz
Date of Birth
: 24/01/1987
Place of Birth
: Salto (Uruguay)
Current Club
: Liverpool (England)
Playing Position
: Forward

Suárez began his professional football career with Club Nacional de Football. After two seasons with Nacional, at the age of 19, Suárez signed with FC Groningen in 2006. A year later Suárez transferred to AFC Ajax. After four years with Ajax, Suárez signed with Liverpool FC in 2011.

Suárez debuted for the Uruguayan national team in 2007 and played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Uruguay won the Copa América in 2011, and Suárez was named the Player of the Tournament.
Bosnia -Herzegóvina: Dzeko
Name
: Edin Džeko
Date of Birth
: 17/03/1986
Place of Birth
: Sarajevo
Current Club
: Manchester City ( England)
Playing Position
: Forward

Džeko began his career playing for FK Željezničar Sarajevo, transferred to FK Ústí and Labem and then to FK Teplice. In 2007 Džeko signed with VfL Wolfburg, where he played for four seasons until transferring to Manchester City FC in 2010.

Džeko is the top scorer for the Bosinan national team and in November 2009, Džeko became Bosnia's first UNICEF ambassador.
Iran: Nekounam
Name
: Javad Nekounam
Date of Birth
: 07/10/1980
Place of Birth
: Ray (Iran)
Current Club
: Kuwait FC
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Nekounam began his career with PAS Tehran FC , ​​where he played for seven years . In 2005 he moved to Al - Wahda SCC and then to Al Sharjah SC. In 2006 Nekounam signed with CA Osasuna. In 2012, Nekounam transferred to Esteghlal FC and since the beginning of 2014 he has been playing for Kuwait SC.

Nekounam is the current captain of the Iranian national team and played in the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Nigeria : Mikel
Name
: John Michael Nchekwube Obinna
Date of Birth
: 22/04/1987
Place of Birth
: Jos (Nigeria)
Current Club
: Chelsea ( England)
Playing Position
: Defensive Midfielder

Obinna, commonly known as as John Obi Mikel, started his career at 18 playing for Lyn Fotball. In 2006, Mikel signed with Chelsea, where he has played eight seasons.

Mikel joined the Nigerian national team in 2005 and was part of the team that won the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations championship. One of his cousins, Joel Obi, is also a professional player, currently at FC Internazionale Milano
Germany : Özil
Name
: Mesut Özil
Date of Birth
: 15/10/1988
Place of Birth
: Gelsenkirchen ( Germany )
Current Club
: Arsenal ( England)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Özil joined the German national team in 2009 and was nominated for the player of the tournament for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, when Germany took second.

Özil’s first team was FC Schalke 04 and then he transferred to SV Werder Breman. In 2010 Özil signed with Real Madrid and most recently, in 2013, transferred to Arsenal FC. In 2010, Özil received the Bambi award for being a prime example of successful integration within German society.
Portugal: C. Ronaldo
Name
: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
Date of Birth
: 05/02/1985
Place of Birth
: San Antonio (Portugal)
Current Club
: Real Madrid (Spain)
Playing Position
: Forward

Currently considered by many to be the best player in the world, Ronaldo began his career with Sporting CP for one season, followed by six seasons with Manchester United and then signed with Real Madrid CF in 2009, where he has played five seasons.

Ronaldo is the captain of the Portuguese national football team and is the most popular football player in social networking. In 2013 he became an ambassador for Save the Children, which works against poverty and hunger afflicting children worldwide .
Ghana: Prince Boateng
Name
: Kevin-Prince Boateng
Date of Birth
: 06/03/1987
Place of Birth
: Berlin (Germany)
Current Club
: Schalke 04 (Germany )
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Boateng played on a number of German junior national teams, but in 2010 decided to play for the Ghanaian national football team in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Boateng’s brother, Jérôme plays for the German national team.

Professionally, Boateng has played for Hertha BSC II, Hertha BSC, Tottenham Hotspur FC, Borussian Dortmund, Portsmouth FC and AC Milan. Most recently, in 2013, Boateng signed with FC Schalke 04.
USA : Altidore
Name
: Josmer Volmy Altidore
Date of Birth
: 06/11/1989
Place of Birth
: Livingston, New Jersey (US)
Current Club
: Sunderland (England)
Playing Position
: Attacking Midfield

Altidore made ​​his debut in professional football aged 16 with the New York Red Bulls. He plays for English club Sunderland and for the United States national team.

He has played for the US National Team for nearly 10 years at various world cups, FIFA cups and others. He was the first player to score three goals in an international match in a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago.
Belgium : Hazard
Name
: Eden Hazard
Date of Birth
: 07/01/1991
Place of Birth
: La Louviere (Belgium)
Current Club
: Chelsea (England)
Playing Position
: Attacking Midfielder

Hazard is considered to be the best player on the Belgian national team and at Chelsea FC. Hazard joined the youth league for Lille OSC at 14, and was discovered by a team scout.

Hazard made his professional debut at 16 for Lille, where he played for five seasons before signing with Chelsea FC in 2013. Hazard made his debut at 17 on the Belgian national football team in 2008.
Algeria : Feghouli
Name
: Sofiane Feghouli
Date of Birth
: 26/12/1989
Place of Birth
: Levallois - Perret (France)
Current Club
: Valencia (Spain)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Feghoulli was born in France to Algerian parents, and began his professional career with Grenoble, from 2007 to 2010 and then signed with Valencia and went on loan to Almeria for a year in 2011.

Feghoulli played on several junior national youth teams, but in 2011 decided to play for the Algerian national team after meeting with the President of the Algerian Football Federation.
Russia: Kerzhakov
Name
: Alexander Anatolyevich Kerzhakov
Date of Birth
: 27/11/1982
Place of Birth
: Kingisepp (Soviet Union)
Current Club
: Zenit (Russia)
Playing Position
: Forward

Kerzakhov debuted professionally with FC Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2001. In 2006 he signed with Sevilla FC for two seasons and transferred to FC Dynamo Moscow and in 2010 returned to Zenit.

Kerzakhov joined the Russian national team at 19 and competed in the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as the UEFA European Championships in 2004 and 2012.
South Korea: Lee Chung Yong
Name
: Lee Chung - Yong
Date of Birth
: 07/02/1988
Place of Birth
: Seoul (South Korea )
Current Club
: Bolton Wanderers (England)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Chung-Yong debuted professionally at 17 for the South Korean club, FC Seoul. In 2009 he moved to Bolton Wanderers FC.

Chung-Yong played for the youth divisions of the South Korean national team and joined the South-Korean national team in 2008, at age 20. Chung-Yong was part of the team that played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and in the 2008 Olympics in Bejing, China.
Ivory Coast : Yaya Touré
Name
: Gnégnéri Yaya Touré
Date of Birth
: 13/05/1983
Place of Birth
: Bouaké (Côte d'Ivoire)
Current Club
: Manchester City (England)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

Touré started with KSK Beveren and transferred to Metalurh Donetsk, followed by Olympiacos FC and AS Monaco FC before signing with FC Barcelona in 2007, where he spent three years. In 2010, Touré transferred to his current team, Manchester City FC.

Touré has two brothers who are also professional football players: Kolo Touré, who plays for Liverpool FC and Ibrahim Touré, who plays for Al-Safa' Beirut SC. Touré was voted African Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Netherlands: Robben
Name
: Bryan Ruiz González
Date of Birth
: 18/08/1985
Place of Birth
: San Jose (Costa Rica)
Current Club
: PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Playing Position
: Forward

The current captain of the Costa Rican national team, González started his professional football career with his hometown team, Liga Deportiva Alajuelense. In 2006, González signed with KAA Gent and, after three years, transferred to FC Twente in 2009. In 2011, González signed with Fulham FC and is currently on loan to PSV Eindhoven.

When González was 20, he made the Costa Rican national team and will make his FIFA World Cup debut in 2014.
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Colombia: James Rodríguez
Name:
James David Rodriguez Rubio
Date of Birth:
12/07/1991
Place of Birth:
Cúcuta, (Colombia)
Current Club:
Monaco (Francia)
Playing Position
: Midfielder

The Colombian Rodriguez started his professional football career in 2006 at Envigado FC, ​​where he helped the team to rise to the first division of Colombian football. He played with Banfield of Argentina and Porto of Portugal, until he was hired by Monaco in 2013.

His debut for the Colombian National Team was in 2011. Rodriguez is considered by many journalists as Colombia's successor to Carlos "El Pibe" Valderrama.
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