Top 10: Players of USA '94

10. Krasimir Balakov, Bulgaria

Normally a goalscoring midfielder, Balakov failed to find the net at USA 94 and missed his penalty in the second-round shootout victory against Mexico, but he was also at the centre of everything the surprise semi-finalists did well – the schemer to Stoichkov’s spearhead. The two complemented each other perfectly on the field, despite often being at each other’s throats off it. Balakov moved to Stuttgart a year after the World Cup, where coach Joachim Löw – now in charge of Germany – hailed him the best playmaker in Europe.

Skip to 3:30 for our man's penalty... and behold the Mexican keeper's glorious garments


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