World Cup Semi-Finals: Each Team's Man with a Point to Prove

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World Cup Semi-Finals: Each Team's Man with a Point to Prove
Silvia Izquierdo/Associated Press

After a breathtaking quarter-final stage, the 2014 World Cup nears its denouement. Just four teams remain: Brazil and Germany, who will clash in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday, and Argentina and the Netherlands, for which Wednesday is the day of destiny in Sao Paulo.

All four teams are chock-full of star power, filled to the brim with creative potential and goalscoring proficiency throughout their squads. Yet not every member of every squad is sky high on confidence.

Indeed, for each team, there is a man with a point to prove. Maybe a player whose individual performances and expectations haven't balanced out; someone who has flattered to deceive throughout the competition.

In any case, these four talents, for whatever reason, have either been forced into the spotlight, or need to improve their performances in order to springboard into global consciousness for the good of their team.

Click forward for an in-depth profile on who's under pressure, why they're in their particular jams and how they can shake it off to come through for their country at the semi-final stage.

It's a preview, however unorthodox, of these eagerly anticipated and crucial clashes.

All stats from unless otherwise stated.

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