2014 World Cup: Ranking the Top 5 Players in Group H

2014 World Cup: Ranking the Top 5 Players in Group H

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When you look at the World Cup groups, Group H is not one to jump out and scream for attention. Belgium appears to have a clear path through, and whichever of Russia, South Korea, and Algeria moves on to the round of 16 doesn't figure to go any further. However, there is still plenty of talent to see in this group, especially for Belgium. They aren't the only team with a star, however, so let’s look at the top five players in Group H.

5. Sofiane Feghouli

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5. Sofiane Feghouli

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Algeria won't contend this year, but they have a promising future, and Feghouli is a big reason why. The 24 year old winger had 9 goals and 8 assists for Valencia this season, and he is Algeria’s most creative player on the attack. Playing down the right side, it will be up to Feghouli to create scoring opportunities and help Algeria erase ugly memories of their goalless 2010 World Cup.

4. Thibaut Courtois

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4. Thibaut Courtois

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Courtois has emerged as one of the best goalkeepers in the world over the last few seasons at Atletico Madrid, winning the La Liga title this season with a chance to add the Champions League title as well. Courtois will likely not be tested too heavily in the group stage, but his performance in the knockout rounds will be crucial Belgium's chances of stunning the world and winning the World Cup.

3. Son Heung-Min

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3. Son Heung-Min

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South Korea may not have a great shot at advancing, but they do have the striker everyone in Group H fears. Son Heung-Min had 14 goals and 8 assists with Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this season, and the 21 year is viewed by most as the future of Asian soccer. His team may not advance, but Heung-Min will likely find the back of the net at least once and raise his star even higher.

2. Vincent Kompany

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2. Vincent Kompany

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Vincent Kompany is one of the best center backs in the world, and as captain he serves as Belgium's anchor and guiding force. Belgium has very solid defense, and with Kompany at its heart they figure to be very difficult to score on. Many of Belgium's stars are very young as well, and Kompany's presence in the locker room will be just as important to their success as his play on the pitch.

1. Eden Hazard

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1. Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard is clearly the best player in this group, and there are very few in any group better than the 23 year old Chelsea star. Hazard scored 19 goals and 10 assists in all competitions, and he won the PFA Young Player of the Year Award. Hazard is brilliantly creative and downright terrorizing off the dribble, and he will be nightmare for defenders throughout the Cup. If Belgium is going to make a deep run, Hazard will be the catalyst.

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