Germany ended up being more than deserved World Cup winners this summer, but if one team ran them closest along the way it might have been surprise package Algeria.
The Desert Foxes could have won their tie with the eventual champions, if not only for a stunning performance from the world's best goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Algeria impressed for much of the competition, with several names catching the eye - including talented attacker Yacine Brahimi.
He was coming off of the back of an exciting season in Spain with La Liga outfit Granada. That coupled with his World Cup cameos made him an instant target for several clubs across Europe - including a couple of teams from the Premier League.
The young former French youth star spoke of his future just a month ago, stating a desire to move on from the club, but only after improving several aspects of his game:
"My goal is to go to a more upscale club but I still need to improve some things: my scoring, making assists and not just dribbling for the sake of dribbling.”
That signified a desire to stay at Granada perhaps for one last season, however it is now clear that was not the case as he has moved on - unfortunately for Spurs and The Toffees though that move has been elsewhere.
Portuguese outfit Porto proudly presented him as their latest signing earlier today. In an official statement the Portuguese giants declared:
"FC Porto would like to announce that we have reached an agreement with Granada CF for the acquisition of the sporting rights and all of the economic rights of Yacine Brahimi for €6,500,000... We’d also like to announce that the player has signed a five-year contract until 30th June 2019, with a release clause valued at €50,000,000.”
Brahimi will now ply his trade with one of the best clubs at developing young talent in the world - following in the footsteps of names such as James Rodriguez, Radamel Falcao and Hulk in the hope of becoming just as big a name.
And judging by that whopping release clause, Porto expect a similar trajectory for their latest capture.