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Top 10: Players of Korea/Japan 2002

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9) Landon Donovan

Now a bona fide Red, White ‘n’ Blue legend, back in 2002 Landon was a 20 year-old San Jose Earthquakes rookie who’d struggled to adapt to life in Germany during a spell with Bayer Leverkusen. Settling into the USA lineup was no problem whatsoever, mind: the Californian scored a deflected goal against Portugal as they won 3-2, and headed home a cracker against rivals Mexico in a famous second-round victory. They lost to Germany in the quarters, but his vision and footballing intelligence saw him voted as FIFA’s Best Young Player of the tournament.
 
Landon Donovan