Germany claims the coveted Jules Rimet after downing Argentina in an unforgettable final! Germany showed their class throughout the whole tournament. They were in my eyes clearly the best team and are very deserving of being champions of the world! Germany becomes the first European nation to win the World Cup on South American soil. With this victory they add their fourth World Cup Championship to the trophy cabinet. Coach Joachim Loew did a masterful job of preparing his team for the tournament and has become one of the most influential figures in world football.
The final did not lack any excitement as Argentina and Germany were on a collision course for an epic clash. The Estadio Do Marcana in Rio De Janeiro was buzzing with anticipation of the grand conclusion of an extravagant event. Many famous faces were in attendance whether they were supermodels, diplomats, music artist, prime ministers, athletes, and movie stars. The game lived up to the hype as the match was a pendulum of momentum swinging for the full 90 and also in the extra session. Argentina had the better chances that they failed to capitalize on. Gonzalo Higuain missed a glorious oppurtunity with a breakaway versus stud goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Rodrigo Palacio followed suit as he squandered a tantalizing one on one opportunity. The Germans did have a better of the play and more possesion. The Germans almost got on the board from a corner kick that Benedikt Howedes slammed off the post. Thomas Mueller was in hot pursuit of the golden boot, Mueller played well but, was unable to overthow Colombia’s James Rodriguez. The biggest star in the sky Lionel Messi showed flashes of his dexterity on the pitch but, the Germans did well to contain the superstar. Messi did come agonizingly close to scoring with a shot that just rolled by the post.
After 90 minutes the game was still deadlocked at 0-0. The extra time session was a very intense affair as both teams defended admirably. As the shootout looked to be evident German substitute Andre Schurrle and Mario Gotze connected on the play of their lives. Schurrle hit Gotze with a delightful cross and the young german prodigy coolly took the ball off his chest and kicked the ball gracefully in the net to give Germany the lead in the final in the 113th minute. I swear you could feel the world rumble as die hard Diemannschaft and casual soccer fans en masse erupted from their sofas and bar stools! For the Argentinian supporters, however, it was like a dagger shoved deep into the heart. Argentina pressed for an equalizer fo the last 6 minutes of extra time but were unable to score past the world’s best keeper Manuel Neuer. When the referee blew the final whistle in Rio De Janeiro the celebrations began in glorious fashion! The Germans reign again and put the streets of Berlin into an euphoric riot.
For Lionel Messi he was left with utter dissapointment, a crummy second place medal, a Golden Ball trophy given to the most outstanding player of the tourney, and an unfinished legacy. Definitely more bitter than sweet. Argentina should be proud despite the loss of their heroic efforts. One can wonder how things would have been if Sergio Aguero was healthy and Angel Di Maria available for the final. Messi certainly needed the help. For the nation of Germany they can boast for four years that they are the world’s best. The citizens of Germany live off and what occurs on the pitch. Mario Gotze with one breathtaking strike became a national icon. That’s how one goal can propel a somewhat unknown player into the annals of World Cup history. That illustrates the shear beauty of the World Cup. Uniting nations everywhere to root on the world’s game. Giving people in the slums and favela’s of Brazil something to cheer about. A pleasant escape from everyday life and hope for a brighter tomorrow worldwide. Moods of Germans and football fans alike are centered around the results of soccer matches. So you can only imagine how proud and stoked the Germans will be for weeks to come. Brazil was a gracious host and a beautiful place to house millions from all over the world. Only four more years until the next one as Russia will be the stage for the next generation of footballers. -BoSo
This Is what it means to them
German pride swoops the nation.
2014 World Cup Awards
Golden Ball (Most Outstanding Player) Winner: Lionel Messi (ARG)
Silver Ball: Thomas Mueller (GER)
Bronze Ball: Arjen Robben (NED)
Golden Boot Winner (Top Goalscorer): James Rodriguez (COL)
Golden Glove Winner (Best Goalkeeper): Manuel Neuer (GER)
Hyundai Young Player Award: Paul Pogba (FRA)
FIFA Fair Play Award: Colombia
Third Place Match Brazil 0 Netherlands 3
Final Argentina 0 Germany 1 A.E.T
Sights of the Final in Rio.