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“At the start of the second half of each game, Twitter voting will open. You’ll then be able to click on a photo of your chosen player and register your choice using the dedicated #ManOfTheMatch hashtag…”
The photo of Japanese Referee Yuichi Nishimura wearing the coveted Brazil jersey, was posted on Instagram by Anita Lovren, wife of Croatia player Dejan Lovren – the player who DID NOT foul Fred in the opening match of the FIFA World Cup.
Dejan Lovren is still so incensed at the injustice of the call that he’d like FIFA to “…give the World Cup to Brazil straight away.” (ESPNFC)
We’re with you Dejan but would also suggest that you read Declan Hill’s illuminating The Fix to understand that, yes, even in the World Cup, the biggest sporting event on earth – referees can be bought.
Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior, just 22, is an attacking midfielder who plays his club football for Chelsea in the English Premier League. He was identified as a potential star and signed to Sao Paolo FC when just 13 years old, going on to play for the first team in 2009 at only 17 years of age. Playing a similar offensive style to Kaka, Oscar is a gifted ball handler and passer who also finds the back of the net regularly (he scored three goals while representing Brazil in the 2011 U20 final).
A star since childhood, Thomas Muller is a versatile attacking midfielder who also has the speed and creativity to play as a forward. Muller became known to much of the world in 2010, where (wearing Michael Ballack’s #13 jersey), Muller scored five goals during Germany’s 3rd-place finish and becoming known as emblematic of the exciting new brand of soccer played by a younger German squad. Muller finished the World Cup as a co-winner of the Golden Boot and a nominee for the FIFA Ballon d’Or that year. Now only 24, Muller should dominate games in Brazil.
Neymar – otherwise known as Neymar da Silva Santos Junior – is a star forward with FC Barcelona of Spain’s La Liga who will be leading the line for hosts Brazil in this summer’s World Cup.
Named the South American Footballer of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and nominated for the FIFA Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world in 2011, Neymar won the FIFA Puskas Award for Goal of the Year in 2011 and also won the Golden Ball for Best Player at the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Admired for his acceleration, speed, dribbling, finishing and ability with both feet, Neymar built his talent through his love of free-styling and street soccer.