I thought I'd make up my personal all-star team for the Cup.
Goalkeeper-Iker Casillas, Spain.
I wasn't exactly blown away by the keepers this year, but Casillas was generally solid.
Center Backs: Carlos Puyol, Spain; Diego Lugano, Uruguay.
Per Mertesacker of Germany was also very good; there's really nothing to choose between those three.
Right Back: Maicon, Brazil
He was the only Brazilian player to make a positive impression on me. Sergio Ramos of Spain was also good at this spot.
Left Back: Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Netherlands
Philipp Lahm of Germany also played well at this spot.
Midfielders: Wesley Sneijder, Netherlands; Andres Iniesta, Spain; Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany.
Xavi of Spain is getting hyped a lot, and he's a fine player, but I was personally more impressed with Iniesta. Kevin Prince Boateng of Ghana and Arjen Robben of the Netherlands would also be possibilities.
Strikers: David Villa, Spain; Diego Forlan, Uruguay
This is a pretty clear-cut choice. Miroslav Klose of Germany also played very well.
"May the hinges of friendship never rust, nor the wings of love lose a feather"--Scottish blessing