CaughtOffside picks the worst XI of the 2014 FIFA World Cup group stage.
With the group stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup now having drawn to a close, a number of the countries who were fancied for a tilt at the trophy have been knocked out of one of the most unpredictable tournaments in living memory. With a number of top class players having underperformed as Spain, Italy, Portugal and England find themselves eliminated before the knock-out stages, we’ve put together an XI of flops from the competition so far.
GK) Iker Casillas (Spain)
Perhaps we should’ve seen this coming? Spanish record cap holder and legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas has been reserve to Diego Lopez at Real Madrid for some time now and, when he was given a chance in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid, he was at fault for Diego Godin’s opening goal.
That misdemeanor was nothing compared to the calamitous World Cup that was endured by Casillas, however, as he was directly at fault for two goals in their 5-1 mauling at the hands of the Netherlands and another one in the 2-0 defeat to Chile that eliminated them from the tournament.