David Ospina (26) pulled on the No1 jersey for Colombia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil?, where he and his team-mates reached the quarter-finals. The goalkeeper played in all five of Los Cafeteros’ encounters, only conceding four goals and cementing his reputation as one of his national team’s key players. After starting out at Atletico Nacional, where he won two Colombian League titles, Ospina moved to Nice and then to Arsenal, his current club.

1. Hakan Sukur (43) is a living legend of Turkish football, having propelled his country to the World Cup at Korea/Japan 2002 after nearly a 50-year absence. At the tournament proper, the Turks beat Korea Republic in the match for third place courtesy of a memorable goal from the clinical forward after 11 seconds, the fastest strike ever recorded on football’s greatest stage. In addition, the Sakarya-born striker competed at the UEFA EURO 1996 and 2000. Sukur came through the ranks at Sakaryaspor,buy Runescape Gold, lifting the Turkish Cup in his first season in the senior squad. A transfer to Bursaspor was followed by the first of three spells at Galatasaray, during which he clinched a total of eight Turkish Championships, five Turkish Cups and three Turkish Super Cups, and finished top of the scoring charts on three occasions. The robust attacker also represented Torino, Inter Milan, Blackburn Rovers and Parma, with whom he hoisted the Coppa d’Italia.

2. Rafik Halliche (28) played a key role in Algeria’s historic run to the Round of 16 at Brazil 2014, where he took part in four matches and scored a crucial goal against Korea Republic. The commanding centre-back had previously appeared at South Africa 2010 and two CAF Africa Cup of Nations contests, in 2010 and 2013. He began his career with NA Hussein Dey, where his performances attracted the interest of Benfica. Halliche later turned out for Nacional, Fulham, Academica and current employers Qatar SC.

3. Jerome Boateng (26) is likely to look back at the last twelve months with pride while celebrating his birthday, having recently participated in and emerged victorious from Brazil 2014. The energetic defender was also part of the sides that claimed third at South Africa 2010 and reached the semi-finals of EURO 2012. As a younger man, he enjoyed success at the 2009 UEFA European U-21 Championship. Boateng turned professional at Hertha Berlin, before signing for Hamburg and then Manchester City, where he held aloft the FA Cup. In 2011, the German international committed himself to Bayern Munich, where he has since secured two Bundesliga titles, two German DFB-Pokals, a DFL-Supercup, a UEFA Champions League title, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.

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