It has been a World Cup of highs, lows and (not inconsiderable) controversy for Africa. While the tournament rages on, the continent’s five representatives have already packed their bags and made for the exit doors.
For the first time ever, two African sides qualified for the last 16, but this was tempered both by the fact that none of the continent’s teams made it to the quarter-finals and the underperformance—both on and off the pitch—of some competitors.
The fallout is (and will be) extensive, but there are also green shoots to pick out from among the darker headlines and departures. A number of the continent’s players starred in Brazil, and the best of them are celebrated here in the Bleacher Report Best African XI from the 2014 World Cup.