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World Cup Fever: Potential Europe Vs Rest Of The World Squads

In 1997, when all World Cup qualifiers were decided, and the 32 teams had been confirmed for the upcoming tournament, the world’s imagination was captured by FIFA with a clash between Europe & Rest of the World. The match took place on the same day as the tournament draw and resulted in a 5-2 win for Rest of the World.

Each participating team were to have one player representing their country and no more. Let’s see what a potential Europe v Rest of the World line-ups would look like today in 2018 with the same rules.

Europe Squad

1. Yann Sommer (Switzerland)

2. Igor Smolnikov (Russia)

3. Danny Rose (England)

4. Sergio Ramos (Spain)

5. Raphaël Varane (France)

6. Toni Kroos (Germany)

7. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

8. Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

9. Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

10. Luca Modric (Croatia)

11. Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

12. Emil Forsberg (Sweden)

13. Gylfi Sigurðsson (Iceland)

14. Nemanja Matić (Serbia)

Europe would boast an impressive attack, midfield and centre-back partnership. It would be a team that would certainly be hard to get the ball from.

Rest of the World

1. Keylor Navas (Costa Rica)

2. Victor Moses (Nigeria)

3. Diego Godín (Uraguay)

4. Maya Yoshida (Japan)

5. Davinson Sánchez (Columbia)

6. Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal)

7. Son Heung-min (South Korea)

8. Andrés Guardado (Mexico)

9. Neymar (Brazil)

10. Lionel Messi (Argentina)

11. Mo Salah (Egypt)

12. Osama Hawsawi (Saudi Arabia)

13. Román Torres (Panama)

14. Jefferson Farfán (Peru)

15. Ehsan Hajsafi (Iran)

16. Sofiane Boufal (Morocco)

17. Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia)

18. Aaron Mooy (Australia)

Rest of the World certainly has its weaknesses. However, It boasts a supremely talented attack which would give them a chance on the counter-attack.

Who would make your team?

About Diarmuid O'Neill

Diarmuid, 26. I'm from Grange, Douglas in Cork and I am fixated on soccer. I'm Player-Manager of Grangevale A.F.C. and I support Cork City F.C., Manchester United and Republic of Ireland.