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Five players making a name for themselves at World Cup 2014

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The World cup is an amazing platform for lesser known players to show themselves on a world stage. Millions of fans globally will be watching and there are always players who don't pass up the opportunity to shine.

Here are five who have caught the eye so far:

GUILLERMO OCHOA

The Mexican goalkeeper had a true Man of the Match performance against the host nation. Pulling off multiple world class saves, he frustrated Brazil for the entire 90 minutes and Mexico walked away with a point.

Ochoa is a free agent this summer after his contract with Ajaccio expired. His performance against Brazil will have ensured that there will be plenty of clubs lining up to talk to him after the World Cup.

FABIAN JOHNSON

The American plays at right full-back for both the US national team and German club side 1899 Hoffenheim, but can also play as a winger. He is a very attack-minded defender and is not afraid of getting forward and helping offensively.

He possess good pace, strength and good crossing ability, but above all his work rate is the most impressive attribute. He has signed a pre-contract agreement with Borussia Monchengladbach and will join them next season.

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ENNER VALENCIA

Valencia plays his club football in Mexico for Pachuca and has starred for Ecuador in the World Cup, scoring three goals in their first two games.

He is strong, energetic and very good in the air and has instantly attracted interest from across Europe following his goal-scoring exploits, most recently being linked with a possible move to Tottenham. Don't be surprised to see his name linked with multiple clubs this summer.

MATHEW LECKIE

The Australian forward has recently admitted that he has surprised himself with how well he has played at the World Cup. Despite Australia suffering an early exit following defeat in their first two games, there have been some positive performances that suggest the future may be brighter for them.

Leckie is one of those players to have shown their ability on the world stage and it has done wonders for his reputation.

SERGE AURIER

The Ivory Coast full back had already started to enjoy a higher level of attention this summer when he was linked with a move to Arsenal as a replacement for Bacary Sagna. However, he has also proved exactly why a club like Arsenal may well be looking at him, with very exciting performances in both games so far.

He looks strong and athletic but also very comfortable getting forward, and he is not afraid to take a shot on. He provided assists to both goals in the game against Japan and showed great composure on the ball. If he continues in this way, Arsenal may face some competition for his signature.

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