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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Stars of the World Cup

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Yoann Gourcuff

The Bordeaux playmaker has been the 'next big thing' in French football for some time now but having established himself in the international team this could be his moment. A glorious talent with film-star looks to match, Gourcuff has the ability to revive a France team in need of some inspiration.

Carlos Vela

Has only featured sporadically for Arsenal - whose fans greet him with 'For he's a jolly good Vela' - so should be raring to go for Mexico. He believes in himself, and the World Cup is the ideal platform for him to show his elegant touch and finishing.

Tranquillo Barnetta

The left winger has shouldered the responsibility for being Switzerland's main source of creativity since he became a regular five years ago. Shortlisted for Fifa's Best Young Player award at the last World Cup, he has just enjoyed his best season with Bayer Leverkusen.

Players to look out for in this year's tournament. Photos: Getty Images

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