With the host nation humiliated and Germany crowned champions for the first time since 1990, the latest edition of the World Cup is already consigned to history. It has delivered some truly iconic moments, with players from across the globe making a name for themselves on football’s grandest stage.
As stars such as James Rodriguez of Colombia and Germany’s Mario Gotze grab the headlines for their telling goals, Italy once again flopped. Just as they had in South Africa four years ago, the Azzurri failed to emerge from the group stage, their struggles among the worst performances the nation has ever witnessed.
Yet it is far from a damning indictment for Serie A as a whole, with a number of those who play on the peninsula emerging from the tournament with huge credit. On the following pages is a best XI of the World Cup, lining up in a 4-3-3 formation and comprised solely of players from Italy’s domestic league.
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