2018 World Cup: The Ultimate List of All Midfielders

“Wow, what a list!”

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Introduction

With the start of The World Cup only two days away, we put together The Ultimate List of All Midfielders that will be playing.

The list is broken down by the Groups, Countries and Midfield Position.

Groups

Group A

Russia – Midfielders (10)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 3
    Defensive Midfielders

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Saudi Arabia – Midfielders (12)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 6
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 6
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Egypt – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 5
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 2
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Uruguay – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group B

Portugal – Midfielders (6)



Attacking Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Attacking Midfielders depending on the formation played.

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 0
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Spain – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Morocco – Midfielders (10)



Attacking Midfielders

Central Midfielders

Defensive Midfielders

  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 6
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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IR Iran – Midfielders (5)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Karim Ansarifard (Olympiacos)
  • Mehdi Torabi (Saipa)

Central Midfielders

  • Saeid Ezatollahi (Amkar Perm)
  • Masoud Shojaei (AEK Athens)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Omid Ebrahimi (Esteghlal)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 2
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group C

France – Midfielders (5)



Attacking Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Attacking Midfielders depending on the formation played.

Central Midfielders

  • Corentin Tolisso (Bayern)
  • Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
  • Blaise Matuidi (Juventus)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla)
  • N’Golo Kante (Chelsea)
  • 0
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Australia – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Robbie Kruse (VfL Bochum)
  • Tom Rogic (Celtic)
  • Tim Cahill (Millwall)

Central Midfielders

  • Jackson Irvine (Hull City)
  • Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa)
  • Massimo Luongo (QPR)
  • Mark Milligan (Al-Ahli)
  • Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield)

Defensive Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Defensive Midfielders depending on the formation played.

  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 0
    Defensive Midfielders

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Peru – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes)
  • Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo)
  • Edison Flores (Aalborg)
  • Andy Polo (Portland Timbers)

Central Midfielders

  • Pedro Aquino (Lobos Buap)
  • Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Renato Tapia (Feyenoord)
  • Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz)
  • 4
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 2
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Denmark – Midfielders (6)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Christian Eriksen (Tottenham)

Central Midfielders

  • Lasse Schone (Ajax)
  • Michael Krohn-Dehli (Deportivo La Coruna)
  • Lukas Lerager (Bordeaux)
  • Thomas Delaney (Werder Bremen)

Defensive Midfielders

  • William Kvist (FC Copenhagen)
  • 1
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group D

Argentina – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Enzo Perez (River Plate)
  • Angel Di Maria (PSG)
  • Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)

Central Midfielders

  • Maximiliano Meza (Independiente)
  • Giovani Lo Celso (PSG)
  • Ever Banega (Sevilla)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Lucas Biglia (Milan)
  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Iceland – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley)
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton)

Central Midfielders

  • Aaron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City)
  • Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese)
  • Birkir Bjarnason (Aston Villa)
  • Rurik Gislason (Sandhausen)
  • Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Malmoe)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Samuel Fridjonsson (Valerenga)
  • Olafur Ingi Skulason (Kardemir Karabükspor)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Croatia – Midfielders (6)



Attacking Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Attacking Midfielders depending on the formation played.

Central Midfielders

  • Luka Modric (Real Madrid)
  • Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)
  • Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid)
  • Marcelo Brozovic (Inter Milan)
  • Filip Bradaric (Rijeka)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Milan Badelj (Fiorentina)
  • 0
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Nigeria – Midfielders (5)



Attacking Midfielders

  • John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva)

Central Midfielders

  • Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda)
  • Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor)
  • Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City)
  • Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas)

Defensive Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Defensive Midfielders depending on the formation played.

  • 1
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 0
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group E

Brazil – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Willian (Chelsea)
  • Fred (Shakhtar)

Central Midfielders

  • Fernandinho (Manchester City)
  • Coutinho (Barcelona)
  • Renato Augusto (Beijing Guoan)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Paulinho (Barcelona)
  • Casemiro (Real Madrid)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Switzerland – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Steven Zuber (Hoffenheim)
  • Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City)

Central Midfielders

  • Valon Behrami (Udinese)
  • Blerim Dzemaili (Bologna)
  • Remo Freuler (Atalanta)
  • Granit Xhaka (Arsenal)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Gelson Fernandes (Eintracht Frankfurt)
  • Denis Zakaria (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Costa Rica – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Bryan Ruiz (Sporting)
  • Christian Bolanos (Saprissa)

Central Midfielders

  • Celso Borges (Deportivo La Coruna)
  • Randall Azofeifa (Herediano)
  • Rodney Wallace (New York City)

Defensive Midfielders

  • David Guzman (Portland Timbers)
  • Yeltsin Tejeda (Lausanne)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Serbia – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Adem Ljajic (Torino)
  • Filip Kostic (Hamburg)
  • Nemanja Radonjic (Red Star Belgrade)
  • Dusan Tadic (Southampton)
  • Andrija Zivkovic (Benfica)

Central Midfielders

  • Marko Grujic (Liverpool)
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (Lazio)
  • Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Nemanja Matic (Manchester United)
  • 5
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group F

Germany – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)
  • Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain)

Central Midfielders

  • Leon Goretska (Schalke)
  • Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City)
  • Sami Khedira (Juventus)
  • Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
  • Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

Defensive Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Defensive Midfielders depending on the formation played.

  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 0
    Defensive Midfielders

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Mexico – Midfielders (6)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)

Central Midfielders

  • Hector Herrera (Porto)
  • Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)
  • Andres Guardado (Real Betis)
  • Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Rafael Marquez (Atlas)
  • 1
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Sweden – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Emil Forsberg (Leipzig)
  • Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse)

Central Midfielders

  • Albin Ekdal (Hamburg)
  • Sebastian Larsson (Hull City)
  • Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa)
  • Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar)
  • Marcus Rohdén (Crotone)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Gustav Svensson (Seattle)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Korea Republic – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona)
  • Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)

Central Midfielders

  • Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City)
  • Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe)
  • Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa FC)
  • Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors)
  • Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg)

Defensive Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Defensive Midfielders depending on the formation played.

  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 0
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group G

Belgium – Midfielders (11)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang)
  • Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
  • Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Monchengladbach)
  • Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)
  • Dries Mertens (Napoli)

Central Midfielders

  • Kevin de Bruyne (Manchester City)
  • Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United)
  • Youri Tielemans (Monaco)
  • Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht)
  • 5
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Panama – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Attacking Midfielders depending on the formation played.

Central Midfielders

  • Edgar Barcenas (Cafetaleros de Tapachula)
  • Armando Cooper (Universidad de Chile)
  • Gabriel Gomez (Atletico Bucaramanga)
  • Valentin Pimentel (Plaza Amador)
  • Alberto Quintero (Universitario)
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez (Ghent)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes)
  • 0
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 6
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Tunisia – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain)
  • Naim Sliti (Dijon)
  • Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes)

Central Midfielders

  • Anice Badri (Esperance)
  • Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance)
  • Bassem Srarfi (Nice)
  • Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh)
  • Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr)
  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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England – Midfielders (7)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Jesse Lingard (Manchester United)
  • Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Central Midfielders

  • Dele Alli (Tottenham)
  • Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
  • Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace)
  • Jordan Henderson (Liverpool)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Eric Dier (Tottenham)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 4
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Group H

Poland – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski (Wolfsburg)
  • Kamil Grosicki (Hull)
  • Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow)

Central Midfielders

  • Jacek Goralski (Ludogorets Razgrad)
  • Rafal Kurzawa (Gornik Zabrze)
  • Karol Linetty (Sampdoria)
  • Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
  • Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Brom)
  • 3
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 5
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Senegal – Midfielders (5)



Attacking Midfielders

None listed, but Central Midfielders could easily become Attacking Midfielders depending on the formation played.

Central Midfielders

  • Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham)
  • Cheikh Tidiane Ndoye (Birmingham)
  • Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke City)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton)
  • Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton)
  • 0
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 3
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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Colombia – Midfielders (9)



Attacking Midfielders

  • James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich)
  • Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate)

Central Midfielders

  • Carlos Sanchez (Espanyol)
  • Jefferson Lerma (Levante)
  • Abel Aguilar (Deportivo Cali)
  • Juan Guillermo Cuadrado (Juventus)
  • Mateus Uribe (America)
  • Jose Izquierdo (Brighton Hove & Albion)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Wilmar Barrios (Boca Juniors)
  • 2
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 6
    Central Midfielders
  • 1
    Defensive Midfielders

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Japan – Midfielders (8)



Attacking Midfielders

  • Keisuke Honda (Pachuca)
  • Takashi Inui (Eibar)
  • Takashi Usami (Fortuna Dusseldorf)
  • Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund)

Central Midfielders

  • Gaku Shibasaki (Getafe)
  • Ryota Oshima (Kawasaki)

Defensive Midfielders

  • Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt)
  • Hotaru Yamaguchi (Cerezo Osaka)
  • 4
    Attacking Midfielders
  • 2
    Central Midfielders
  • 2
    Defensive Midfielders

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photos: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Conclusion

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