Brazilian flair to win European Fantasy League in 2014/15
* D Costa is, in fact, Bayern Munich's Dante - just so you know I'm not living in the past!
A very big thank you to Brazil for giving us a jaw-dropping summer of footballing wonder in South America, with the 2014 World Cup an overwhelming success - sadly, for all expect the Selecao themselves. What started on a magnificent wave of enthusiasm ended in what was a massacre of a semi-final at the hands of a ruthless Germany, with Luiz Felipe Scolari sure to be still reeling almost a month after the end of the tournament and (predictably) sat in a brand new job. But despite their traumatic experience in Belo Horizonte, Brazil is still very much the flavour of the summer, and I for one am loathe to let the festivities end. Step up Eurofantasyleague.com, and my chance to keep the yellow flowing strong in another season of unstoppable European Fantasy League action.
With a £100m budget, I've filled my 14-man squad with Brazilians, and am now hoping they do me proud in the upcoming 2014/15 season, accumulating points from across five of the top European leagues. It might not be quite the same group of players that pulled on the famous yellow strip last month (and I've had to be a little cheeky with a few picks due to lack of funds), but there are plenty of solid stars in the ranks - and that man Robinho earns an unlikely recall!
Those looking to add a tad bit more realism to their fantasy experience should check out the 'draft' mode on the site. With a mini-league ready and waiting, you and your friends take it in turns to choose players from the five leagues, ensuring no two managers have the same players!
For me, I reckon Oscar, Neymar and David Luiz hold the key to glory with my Selecao selection, but with Marquinos unlikely to get many minutes for PSG in Ligue 1 this season, Luis Gustavo not a big points-getter in the heart of the Wolfsburg midfield, and even Robinho linked with a move away from Milan and Serie A this summer, my dreams may be dashed quite quickly, and not near the finishing line like Scolari's soldiers last month.
But, with 20 free transfers for the season, I may well be able to keep them afloat; and if I can't, I'll take up the option of a second team for the European Fantasy League and make a Germany XI! Head on over to Eurofantasyleague.com - see what international sides you can conjure up!