DM) Andranik Teymourian (IRAN)
Teymourian was a vital cog in an Iran midfield which impressed so many.
The former Bolton Wanderers and Fulham man had a key role to play in Carlos Quieroz’s counter-attacking style of play, and he was tactically excellent.
Iran probably deserved more from the tournament, but Teymourian can leave with his head held high.
CM) Omar Abdulrahman (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)
Abdulrahman dazzled in midfield for the UAE, and there’s absolutely no doubt the kid is European quality.
Stiff to miss out on the MVP award, Abdulrahman’s flicks and extraordinary passes were a sight to behold.
An absolute joy to watch.
CM) Massimo Luongo (AUSTRALIA)
The 22-year-old ended the tournament with two goals and three assists and was named MVP and is the player Australian football has been crying out for since the end of the ‘golden generation’.
Luongo’s technical ability was matched by an excellent work-rate, and it’s no wonder a smorgasbord of European clubs are clamouring for his services.
He’s been superb for Swindon Town, but even they know they won’t be able to hang on to the Aussie at the end of the season.