Round of 16: Ranking The Teams, Best XI of The Group Stages

The Round of 16 is the second stage of the World Cup. Now, 16 teams have been eliminated, and 16 teams remain. Entertainment Revisited provides everything you need to know about the Round of 16 fixtures, players and nations.

Teams (By Continent):

On the Northeast Hemisphere, we have CONCACAF (North & Central America). None of the nations in the division were favourites to advance, but the continent will be very proud of the growing teams. Costa Rica embarrased 3 former World Cup winners, while USA fended off Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal and Ghana, who made an extended run in 2010 that included eliminating the stars and stripes. Mexico‘s draw with Brazil started a chain reaction of events that saw them into the Round of 16.

From Wikipedia

Down south, in the CONMEBOL (South America), all teams impressed. Neymar hid Brazil‘s weaknesses by himself, while Colombia swept their group in convincing fashion. Much like Neymar, Lionel Messi hid Argentina‘s weaknesses as they struggled to beat 3 sides that they should’ve walked over. Chile may have lost to Netherlands at the end of the stages, but they also eliminated Spain after a great performance in the group. Uruguay recovered from a loss to CONCACAF’s Costa Rica by defeating England and Italy, despite star striker Luis Suarez receiving a 4-month ban in the latter match. Ecuador missed out after a 92nd minute goal for Switzerland, that proved costly.

From Wikipedia

CAF (Africa) is a great region that has been poorly represented. Ghana was the bait in a group that they should have been dark horses in, and Ivory Coast was eliminated in the 93rd minute of their last group match because of a Greek penalty. Nigeria and Algeria have upset Bosnia-Herzegovina and Russia, and although some of the officiating in these matches were suspect, the 2 nations remain their continent’s only hope.

From WIkipedia

As for UEFA (Europe), many teams contest the Round of 16. Netherlands is showing the hunger they had in 2010, and they beat Spain and Chile in convincing fashion to advance from their group. France swept their group, although their opposition had severe weaknesses, and Switzerland advanced from the tail end of that group. Germany destroyed their group, with only Ghana proving a match for them, and Belgium won all their games, despite the fact that they won by very slim margins. Greece barely advanced, winning only 1 game in the 93rd minute.

 

From Wikipedia

Ranking the Teams:

Here is a gallery which ranks the teams. To get through it, simply click the first picture and read each description. Enjoy!

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Best 23-Man Squad:

The World Cup Group Stages have had many great players. The criteria for the section is that all of the players must play for teams that are in the Round of 16. This means that even though Ivan Perisic and Enner Valencia were fantastic, they do not qualify. Here is what the 23 would look like.

Goalkeeepers:

Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
Keylor Navas, Costa Rica
Hugo Lloris, France

From Goal News

Defenders:

Fabian Johnson, USA
Daryl Janmaat, Netherlands
Rafael Marquez, Mexico
Mario Yepes, Colombia
Mats Hummels, Germany
Diego Godin, Uruguay
Ricardo Rodriguez, Switzerland
Daley Blind, Netherlands

From Bleacher Report

Midfielders:

Nigel De Jong, Netherlands
Valon Behrami, Switzerland
Toni Kroos, Germany
Gokhan Inler, Switzerland
Juan Cuillermo Cuadrado, Colombia
James Rodriguez, Colombia

From Arbiter News

Forwards:

Thomas Muller, Germany
Lionel Messi, Argentina
Arjen Robben, Netherlands
Neymar, Brazil
Eden Hazard, Belgium
Karim Benzema, France

From Wikipedia

This is the way this team would line up to accomodate the best players.

Made on Lineup Builder

Made on Lineup Builder

Today, the knockout stages start with 2 South American matches. Brazil takes on Chile at 12pm ET, and Colombia takes on Uruguay at 4pm ET. Who will win? find out by tuning in to the World Cup and Entertainment Revisited.

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