A unique part of international football is arch-rivals become team-mates and club team-mates become opponents. It is no different for the seventeen Chelsea players involved this year at the 2014 World Cup.
In final group match of Group A, Brazil and Cameroon will face each other with possibly up-to five Chelsea FC players from the 2013-14 squad being involved. Brazil has four of these players in David Luiz, Oscar, Ramires, and Willian all who figure to be playing a big part in the World Cup. On the flip side, the 2nd-leading goalscorer for Chelsea FC this season, Samuel Eto’o will be captaining his country and playing in his fourth World Cup overall. At this time, this is the only scheduled match-up between Chelsea players, but it is likely other scenarios could develop once the group stage is complete.
Depending on where they finish in the group stage, Spain and Brazil could meet in the Round of 16 where up to six Chelsea players could be on the pitch at the same time. Aside from the four Brazilians mentioned above, there are two Blue players in the Spanish squad – Fernando Torres and César Azpilicueta.
In the last couple of years, Torres has had to rotate the striker role with David Villa. Azpilicueta is more than likely the starting right-back, having fought off competition in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. There are also two other players in the Spanish squad who are rumored to become Chelsea players either before or after the World Cup in Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
There are more possible encounters that could occur, but we will have to wait until quarterfinals of the greatest sporting tournament in the world. With seventeen Chelsea players total in Brazil for this 2014 World Cup, it will be interesting to see how players will play against their club teammates.
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