Shocked, Surprised, Flabbergasted? Then you’re definitely one of us. That humiliating Brazilian defeat, coupled with a dash of some dreadful Dutch penalties has lead us to this moment. The tournament has zoomed past us, but the finale’ that we’ve been so eagerly waiting for is finally here.
Brazil will be playing for their pride, to win back the hearts of their faithful home supporters. Beloved Louis Van Gaal will be in charge of the Dutch national side for one last time, and his team would not want to let him down most of all. Argentina and Germany will be fighting for the coveted prize. It definitely looks like everybody has something to play for.
Let’s get to it then. Here are our last 23 picks for the Finals:
Manuel Neuer (Team: Germany; Price: 7M)
Manuel needs no introduction. His performance against Brazil spoke for himself. Looks to be confident as ever and could well be the thorn to Argentina’s victory bubble. He’s expensive as hell, but completely worth it.
Rais M’bolhi (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)
Algeria have been knocked out. We know. But we’re sticking with him only to complete our 23 man squad. His cut price of 1 million is too hard to resist. Since we never go ahead with subbing keepers, might as well keep him as a good luck charm.
Alireza Haghighi (Team: Iran; Price: 1M)
As much as we love his name, but we love his price more.
Thiago Silva (Team: Brazil; Price: 8.5M)
The whole world has seen how important he is to the team. The missing link to Brazil’s world cup dream. It’s too late to do anything about that now, but he will definitely want to restore Brazil’s pride back and end the tournament on a positive note. Making him captain would be wise, seeing how the Dutch fancy penalties so much.
Jerome Boateng (Team: Germany; Price: 6M)
With Mats Hummels a slight injury doubt (plus we needed that extra 1M for the rest of the squad), Jerome is a sure shot starter and shot blocker. Investing in the German defense has always rewarded in plenty. Don’t stop now.
Ezequiel Garay (Team: Argentina; Price: 5.5M)
The next stand out defender after Germany’s is this guy. His aerial threat and shot block rate is top class. Will be having his hands full in trying to block off the German attacks, but will in turn fetch us those valuable points.
Marcos Rojo (Team: Argentina; Price: 4M)
His price and his talent are nowhere in comparison with each other. His main threat is the ball deliveries into the penalty area, that could lead to assists.
Stefan De Vrij (Team: Netherlands; Price: 4M)
A standout Netherlands defender, with a high set piece threat and ball recovery rate. His importance is too much to be ignored.
Pejman Montazeri (Team: Iran; Price: 1M)
Another one of our squad completion players.
Esseid Belkalem (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)
Has been purchased to complete our 23 man squad.
Philipp Lahm (Team: Germany; Price: 7M)
We ignored him the last time, but not again. The rock in front of the German back line, influential in getting the ball back for the team and also has an impeccable pass completion rate.
Toni Kroos (Team: Germany; Price: 7M)
A no-brainer after scoring twice against the Brazilians. Will be looking to increase his goal count and also has the set-piece delivery duty under his belt.
Javier Mascherano (Team: Argentina; Price: 7M)
Strong in the air and in his tackles. His work rate is one of the highest in his team, and with Angel Di Maria struggling to shake off a thigh injury in time, Javier might have an extra responsibility on his hands to venture more forward.
Luis Gustavo (Team: Brazil; Price: 6.5M)
The most important player in the Brazilian squad, that hasn’t been given the credit he rightfully deserves. Has an impressive ball recovery and pass completion rate. Will be handed the role to keep the Dutch side at bay.
Edder Delgado (Team: Greece; Price: 1M)
Yup. Chosen just to complete the squad.
Hashem Beikzadeh (Team: Iran; Price: 1M)
Bakhtiar Rahmani (Team: Iran; Price: 1M)
Another one like Hashem.
Nabil Bentaleb (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)
Retained again thanks to his price.
Lionel Messi (Team: Argentina; Price: 10M)
Can he be the next Maradona that Argentina so require. A lot will be depending on this man, and we are expecting him to deliver. Make sure you captain him incase Thiago fails in the first game.
Arjen Robben (Team: Netherlands; Price: 9M)
He looks to be the most productive player out of the Dutch squad, and his relationship with the outgoing manager will only push his limits even further in this final game.
Thomas Mueller (Team: Germany; Price: 8M)
He’s back to his goal scoring self and will be aiming for the ultimate prize. Don’t forget to sub him back in incase you decide to play any of your Brazil or Dutch players.
Khosro Heydari (Team: Iran; Price: 1M)
Squad completion is his duty.
Abdelmoumene Djabou (Team: Algeria; Price: 1M)
Our budget friendly helper once again.