Wins 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
- After the better part of a month Germany
lifted the 2014 FIFA World Cup after defeating
Argentina 1-0 in the final at the Maracana
Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
It was a contest
that any team could have won with both teams
having missed scoring chances. But as is the
case only one team could have lost after Germany
substitute Mario Gotze scored in the second half
of extra time for Germany to win the Cup and be
voted Man of the Match.
At times both
teams looked dangerous offensively but for the
most part impregnable defense was the name of
the game. Germany dominated the first half while
Argentina opened the second half with intense
pressure that saw Lionel Messi shot wide with
nothing but net to negotiate past Germany
intensified and from the start of overtime one
could have sensed that Germany did not want the
uncertainty of penalty kicks to determine the
outcome of the game. It was evident when their
goalkeeper Manuel Neuer took a throw in extra
time to speed up the flow of the game.
Germany paid off when forward Schurrle forced
three Argentina defenders to commit down the
left flank and chipped over a pass to Gotze
which the 22-year-old chest trap and volleyed
into the far corner of the Argentina net that
sparked a wild celebration at Maracana stadium.
of the goal could not have been better and so
was the World Cup in Brazil. The tournament
lived up to its billing as one of the best World
Cup if not the best ever. and while the
entertainment was guarantee it was the highly
competitive nature of the tournament that really
Results of the games were always in doubt from
the opening round to the final game.
Teams had to perform to gain a result as Brazil,
as Argentina, Netherlands, and Germany proved by
defeating divisional winners such as Colombia,
Belgium, Costa Rica and France respectively to
reach the semi-finals.
Honourable mention has to be made of USA for
defying the odds to finish second behind Germany
in Group G, (the Group of Death). USA advanced
into the Round of 16 before eventually losing
2-1 to Belgium in extra time in one of the most
exciting finishes at the tournament in Brazil.
The USA performance at World Cup Brazil
eliminated Portugal and Ghana which were two
teams that had advanced out of the group stage
in the previous World Cup in South Africa.
Ironically like at South Africa where Spain
prevailed in the Group of death, winner Germany
was crowned world champions.
As the Central American champion Costa Rica won
Group D and with Uruguay was directly
responsible for sending England, and Italy
packing from the tournament. Mexico also
advanced into the Knock Out stage of the
tournament, hence showing that the CONCACAF
region is ready for world class opposition.
With these improved nations it is possible that
the same teams may not be competing at the FIFA
World Cup in Russia in 2018. Let's not forget
that there are up and coming football nations
such as Colombia and Belgium which are on the
brink of a breaking through should their
programs continue to strive.
World Champions Germany needed extra time to
defeat Algeria 2-1 with Algeria having a chance
to tie the game while France needed the last 11
minutes to defeat Nigeria 2-0 in the Round of
16. It speaks volumes for the development of
Africa football whose youth football has always
been highly ranked.
know there were many who would have liked to see
the host Brazil lift the World Cup but after a
month of tension-filled soccer it came down to
the battle of the two best teams with Germany as
the deserving champion.
Germany was favoured after
coming off one of the most shocking wins in the
history of world football; a demolishing of
Brazil 7-1 in Belo Horizonte while Argentina
needed penalty kicks to defeat Netherlands in
their semi-final match.
In term of experience Germany was making its
eighth appearance in the World Cup final, the
most of any nation and having won three in 1954,
1974 and 1990. Argentina on the other hand was
making its fifth appearance in a World Cup Final
and first in 24 years with two World Cup wins in
1978 and 1986
On the coaching side there was no advantage. I
was critical of Germany coach Joachim Loew
tactical game plan when Germany lost to Spain in
the semi-final in South Africa but he did a
superb job in Brazil.
Alejandro Sabella took some heat for his teamís
lack of creativity on offense but it was his
defensive schemes and Messi individual
brilliance as the Tournament Most Valuable
Player that helped Argentina reached as far as
it did. And when the dust settled Brazil coach
Luiz Felipe Scolari was sacked.
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