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Best Bargain buys available from the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Soubhik Ray
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Modified 03 Jul 2014, 10:42 IST
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The 2014 World Cup has thrown in a lot of surprises this time. Who would have foreseen current World and European champions Spain being handed a humiliating first round exit? And one would need to be a real braveheart to place their bets on teams like Costa Rica, Algeria and Colombia making it into the Round of 16. The footballing extravaganza in Brazil has also brought players who weren't that well-known as their cash-rich, starry conterparts like Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo or Neymar, in the limelight. And after their heroics in Brazil,football clubs all over the globe have been on the look for such new talented faces. Here's a look at 5 of the bargain buy players available at this World Cup.

#5 Islam Slimani

Country: Algeria

Role: Striker

International Caps: 24

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International Goals: 12

Age: 26

WC 2014 Matches: 4

Goals: 2 Assists: 1

FIFA Castrol Player Index: 9.10

No one in their right mind would have placed their bets on Algeria entering the Round of 16 at the World Cup. Algeria warded off threats from World Cup veterans like Russia and Asian powerhouse South Korea, to join Belgium in the second round in Brazil. And Islam Slimani impressed with his performances for the Fennec Foxes. Algeria had almost put 3-time champion Germany out of the tournament, before suffering a late heartbreak in the last 16. Extra-time strikes from Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil helped Die Mannschaft scamper to a 2-1 win at Porto Allegre. The 26-year-old striker currently plays for Portuguese club Sporting Clube de Portugal. Named the Best Algerian Footballer of The Year in 2013, Slimani may soon be off to ply his trade in one of Europe's finest leagues.

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Published 02 Jul 2014, 19:11 IST
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