FIFA World Cup 2010: All-Star Team

Zaakir HoosenAnalyst IJuly 15, 2010

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 10:  Diego Forlan of Uruguay reacts to a missed chance during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Third Place Play-off match between Uruguay and Germany at The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on July 10, 2010 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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After years of planning, intense preparations and a long month of football, time is moving so swiftly we already entering a week from the finals.

Today Fifa announced the All-Star team, looking at the names that made the list, its quite clear that Spain dominated with excellent performances in South Africa.

Iker Cassilas

After starting the tournament on the wrong foot, Iker responded with professionalism with six strong performances thereafter. He ended with the Gold medal, the winners trophy and the Golden Glove.

Phillip Lahm


The German International was called upon to lead his team after Ballack was injured, he took on the job with his whole heart and lead from the front. His stood out amongst many not just in terms of his physical performance but mental strength and character.

Carles Puyol

His leadership qualities was one amongst many which makes Puyol one of the best centre backs in the World. It's not doubt he played crucial roles in almost every game for the Spanish team.

Sergio Ramos

One of the best attacking defenders at the World Cup, Ramos took advantage to run down the flank at every opportunity making himself available to assist the attackers. When required to defend, he was there and showed great fighting spirit to jump into every challenge.


The Brazilian is another one who has amazing attacking instinct, he fought for his place ahead of Alves and with great performances and consistency he managed to keep it. He also scored one of the most unforgettable goals of South Africa 2010.

Wesley Sneijder


The Dutchman was instrumental in driving the team all the way to the final, it was unfortunate after having won the treble not to go on and lift the Cup. Nevertheless Sneijder also finished with five goals to his name which saw him equal Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller.

Bastian Schweinsteiger


Another German to make the list, and no doubt he deserved it, Bastian was asked to play a more defensive role in the squad which was over-flowing with amazing talent. His role in the center of midfield was carried out with due diligence and remarkable success. After a number of great performance it was disappointing not to progress, but from the evidence it was clear Spain were the better team on the night.

Andres Iniesta

The Barcelona born midfielder has stood up to the challenge and seen success both at domestic and now International level. His performances were brilliant. While many might disagree, at the end of the day, Iniesta was the one to score the goal that counted. Apart from the finals, he played huge roles in the journey to Spain's ultimate success.

Xavi Hernandez


One of the best players in the World, his passing and movement is unparalleled and he cannot be compared to no other in the centre of the pitch. His commitment and resilience is what makes him such a great player. Xavi made more passes than any other player.

David Villa


He is more than just a striker, Villa proved that if you put him on the wing and he shall deliver. He is joint top scorer finishing with five goals. During the group stage David scored some of the most memorable goals of 2010.

Diego Forlan

He lead his team to the last four with scintillating performance all the way through right up-to the final whistle. Forlan stood out amongst some of the best strikers of the ball, only to be the one who put it on target and on occasion in the net. His timely free-kicks were the bench mark for many, while he broke the hearts of many he captured those of other.

Named as the winner of the Golden Ball (Player of the Tournament).

Coach: Vicente Del Bosque

He lead a team filled with Superstars, yet he managed to guide them as a "team" and lift the prize every footballer dreams of, the World Cup.