In the midst of the 2014 World Cup, heroes were made. Applause reverberated around the stadium in Fortaleza for James Rodriguez following Colombia’s quarter-final defeat to Brazil, and USA’s Tim Howard found himself trending around the globe following his record-breaking performance against Belgium in the round of 16, as reported by the Daily Mail. But who are the unsung heroes of this year’s World Cup and what impact did they have? Who are the teams, players and moments that match reports won’t remember but fans will? Giving them each their moment in the spotlight—and deservedly so—here are the unsung heroes of the tournament. May this article serve to cement their rightful place in football history. Give the best to break the record performance always.