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The World Cup's best starting 11

Updated: July 6, 2010, 12:26 PM ET
By David Hirshey | Special to ESPN.com

In theory, has there ever been a World Cup in which picking a Not Quite All-Tournament Team (NQATT) should have been easier? The only challenge was to find a formation that would incorporate Messi, Rooney and Torres up front and Kaka, Ronaldo and Ribery in midfield. But then they actually played the games.

Despite all the glossy, megamillion-dollar ad campaigns -- when Nike said, "Write the future," perhaps it meant 2014 -- many of the world's elite players sank to the occasion ...

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