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RIO DE JANEIRO, July 11 (Reuters) - Four Germans, three Argentines, and one player each from Brazil, Colombia and the Netherlands were short-listed on Friday for the "Golden Ball" award to the World Cup's best player.
Also included was Colombia's attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, widely considered to be the revelation of the tournament and top scorer so far with six goals in his team's run to the quarter-final where they were beaten by Brazil.
The other two players short-listed were Dutch forward Arjen Robben who tormented defences throughout and scored three in the Netherlands' progress to the semi-final, and Brazil's Neymar who had played superbly and bagged four goals before being injured.
Up for the "Golden Glove" award for best goalkeeper are Germany's Manuel Neuer, Argentina's Sergio Romero and Costa Rica's Keylor Navas who underpinned the Central Americans' fairy-tale run into a first ever World Cup quarter-final.
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