De Vrij among the best defenders at World Cup

With the World Cup now down to the last eight countries Stefan de Vrij has been one of the best defenders at the tournament. That’s the conclusion of the official player ranking kept by FIFA. De Vrij is currently 17th in the list, behind just six other defenders. The Feyenoorder is also the next-highest ranked Dutchman after Arjen Robben, who is fifth overall. Top of the list is Colombian sensation James Rodriguez, who has a score of 9.79. After four matches De Vrij has a score of 9.32. The ranking is the result of some serious number crunching, incorporating a rating for every touch a player has during matches.

De Vrij has been on the pitch for 347 minutes so far, in which time he has covered 37.4 kilometres. His pass completion rate is nudging 85%. The defender’s fine performances have not gone unnoticed on social media. FIFA data shows that De Vrij has been name-checked almost 210,000 times on social media in the course of the tournament, an average of 135 mentions per hour.
 
Capped 16 times, De Vrij can claim his fifth appearance in Brazil 2014 in Saturday’s quarterfinal against Costa Rica. The Feyenoorder has one international goal to his name.
 
Browse the full player ranking on the FIFA website.

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