Neymar – profile

Neymar

Neymar

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.

Lukas Podolski – profile

Lukas Podolski, striker

Lukas Podolski, striker

Lukas Podolski will be one of Germany’s on-field leaders - and this June, opposition defences will be hard pressed to contain him. Long the strike partner of Miroslav Klose, Podolski is a fast winger with a lethal shot who can also play as an attacking midfielder. He has been a prolific scorer since he first entered the Bundesliga with Koln at just 18.

  • Born: 1985, Gliwice, Poland
  • Height: 182 cm (6’0″)
  • Position: striker
  • Club team: Arsenal
  • National team: Germany, 2004-present

Bastian Schweinsteiger – profile

Schweinie

Bastian Schweinsteiger, midfield

At 29, Bastian Schweinsteiger is expected to dominate the midfield for Germany in 2014. He is a complete package, with very strong ball skills, vision, a hard outside shot, and tenacity in tackling. Schweinsteiger is a veteran of two World Cups and has over 100 caps for Germany with 23 goals. In South Africa, he served as Germany’s temporary captain and was named one of ten finalists for the Golden Ball award.

  • Born: 1984, Kolbermoor, Germany
  • Height/weight: 183 cm (6’0″)
  • Position: midfield
  • Club team: Bayern Munich
  • National team: Germany, 2004-present

#28 Neymar goal – 1001 Beautiful things about the game of soccer – The Beautiful Game List

Neymar goal vs Japan 2013

It’s always nice to #score a goal, especially when you can score them as beautifully as Neymar.

In his young career Brazil’s Neymar has already scored many spectacular goals, not the least of which was the goal vs Flamengo which won him the 2011 Puskas Award for the “most beautiful” goal of the year.

And if the 2013 Confederations Cup is any indication, there will be many more beautiful goals to follow.

Yesterday, his strike was the winner as Brazil defeated Mexico and his previous goal vs Japan was a sweet volley into the top corner that will be remembered as one of the best of the tournament.

#neymargoal

#27 Neymar in a Barcelona jersey

Neymar in Barcelona jersey

Neymar was beautiful enough in a Santos jersey and will forever be beautiful in a Brazil jersey but there is something especially beautiful about him in a #Barcelona jersey.

#NeymarinaBarcelonajersey

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