2014 World Cup XI of the Biggest Scapegoats of the Finals

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2014 World Cup XI of the Biggest Scapegoats of the Finals
Natacha Pisarenko/Associated Press

With just the final two matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup left to play, 30 teams have seen their hopes of lifting the trophy extinguished in a variety of manners along the way.

While some nations went further than others—even further than their own expectations might have allowed for pre-tournament—others will have exited earlier than what was seen as a minimum requirement, and the inevitable blame game will follow.

Here we look at a World Cup XI comprised of individuals who will be (or have already been) labelled as a big part of the reason for their respective nations' downfalls. Judge for yourself if the scapegoat label is harsh or fair in each case.

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