Picking a Combined France vs. Germany 2014 World Cup XI

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Picking a Combined France vs. Germany 2014 World Cup XI
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Germany meet France in the World Cup quarterfinal on Friday, a clash between two of the leading candidates to win the tournament.

The Germans started off their campaign brilliantly by demolishing Portugal 4-0, but have since faltered and needed 120 minutes to edge Algeria 2-1 in the round of 16.

France have been more consistent; they handily won their group and advanced to the quarterfinal having beaten Nigeria 2-0 in normal time. Along with Colombia, Les Bleus are one of two among the last eight to have advanced by a multi-goal margin.

There are many world-class stars among the French and German squads, enough to make at least one all-star team. B/R has selected the best of the best in every position among the squads of the European contenders, placing them in a 4-3-3 formation. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a look at the best of the best, beginning with the goalkeeper position.

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