The 2014 FIFA World Cup has finished its extraordinary group phase, with a number of stars putting in the exceptional performances expected of them—and plenty of lesser-known players doing the same.
Before we head into the knockout stages, it's time to take a look at the best XI of the group matches, comprised of players who performed particularly well on each occasion they took to the field.
This best XI is almost entirely subjective, taking into account basic statistics but mostly revolving around our assessment of each player's effect on his team.
Most positions will see an honourable mention, too, especially when the call for first pick was particularly tight, but here's our best XI. Leave your thoughts, comments and own selections below!