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  • #46
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    • #47
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      Ouch indeed.

      Now we just need to get Argentina into the final for the most awkward family reunion ever.


      • #48
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        If there is one game in this World Cup that will enter the history of football, it was this one. The highest defeat for a brazilian squad EVER, and the first at home since 1975. And also the highest ever in a WC semi-final for ANY team (the closest to this was a 6 : 1, Western Germany vs. Austria in 1954 (!)).
        Also some brazilian commentators have admitted before that loosing to Germany was a possibility, but all had predicted that it would be a close thing, probably decided in penalties.
        And more or less the same was forecasted on the german side. After the game the german players were almost too embarassed to cheer, instead some tried to console their brazilian colleagues. And back home there were few celebrations, which was not just because today is a workday, the weather was bad and the game late at night, but because viewers went to bed with a feeling of disbelief and some may have wondered this morning wether they were dreaming.
        A smaller humilation for the WC host almost went unnoticed : After this game a german striker has kicked the brazilian Ronaldo off the throne of most successful World Cup goal scorer : Miroslav Klose.
        It is true that Brazil was missing superstars Neymar and Silva, but their absence doesnt explain loosing by six (!) goals. This was also one of the arguably best german sides of the last decades ( well, at least since the last WC win in 1990) playing one of the arguably worst brazilian sides of the last decades.
        The Germans have now put expectations pretty high for the final, either against the Netherlands or against Argentina. A team that has reached a form where it hammers Brazil 7 : 1 should make either competitor nervous.
        Last edited by Voland; 07-09-2014, 02:29 AM.


        • #49
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          Klose got huge coverage by the BBC and they showed all his world cup goals. They also did a touch map of all his goals with the longest range being from the penalty spot.


          • #50
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            I heard the the famous Jesus statue guarding over Rio de Janeiro has been replaced for the final


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              • #52
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                Originally posted by Denis View Post



                • #53
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                  The final wasnt a football gala like Germany against Brazil, but a long, sometimes pretty brutal and nerve-cracking fight, with chances for both sides. And while it obviously requires a fair bit of luck to score the decisive goal in a World Cup final, Germany is pretty much across the board considered to be a worthy champion. A team that has grown over years and in the tournament, that is capable of playing beautiful, but also to fight, and that combines breathtaking individual quality of players on pretty much all positions with teamspirit. It is also increasingly getting acknowledged that Germany may show a lesson for football nations that were shown their limits during the WC, not least the host, since its success is to no small extent the result of methodical long-term planning and far reaching structure reforms put in place after its embarassing showing at the WC 1998 and the Euros 2000 :


                  When Klinsmann spoke in 2004, the prospect of winning the trophy sounded as believable as a tobacco ad. But now Germany is world champion, and German football has been given a completely new face.
                  Rarely has an objective been pursued with such consistency as Germany's fourth World Cup trophy. Klinsmann and his successor, Joachim Lw, prepared the team with the same doggedness and thoroughness for five big football events. Again and again, Team Manager Oliver Bierhoff fostered the best outside conditions for a German win. Head Scout Urs Siegenthaler obsessively traveled to Germany's World Cup and European Championship opponents, not only to study their game, but also their mentality. The Germans lost four times.

                  But those looking for progress could see it. In 2006, the team's game was raw, wild, unpolished. Spectacular wins were always as likely as spectacular defeat (in extra time against Italy). In 2010, the team had progressed, but still wasn't mature enough for the title. On good days it could win against England and Argentina, but didn't have enough experience or self-confidence to beat Spain. Along the way there was the European Championship loss against the overpowering Spaniards in 2008 and the European Championship loss against the clinical Italians in 2012.

                  This World Cup boasted the best German team of the Lw era. The winning team was made up of great players -- tactically flexible, physically robust, technically brilliant -- with a game that is dominating, powerful, direct and, when it needs to be, patient. It's not always beautiful -- it's the way it needs to be. It's no coincidence that the finale against Argentina included a bloodied Sebastian Schweinsteiger, a Mats Hummels stricken by cramps and an artful Gtze, who's been called the "German Messi." It's the perfect mixture of rule-abiding and ambitious football, of hurrah and heave ho.

                  Given that Germany won the World Cup finale in extra time with the goal of the year, luck also played a factor in their win. But the lead up to that moment demonstrates that you can create luck through hard work. Lw and his team have earned their triumph.




                  • #54
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                    Germany deserved the cup as they were the best team overall.


                    • #55
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                      Brazil may have one title more than Germany, and Italy as many, but Germany is the first nation to win medals in four consecutive World Cups and has more medals than any other country. Germany sure was worthy champions.


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                        There is red in all of the flags of European World Cup winners, but in none of the flags of South American World Cup winners.

                        The only European World Cup winner with a flag that has a significant amount of blue in it is France, which also has the area French Guyana on the South American continent.

                        Gold Medals

                        There are as many gold medals won by Spanish speaking countries (Uruguay '30 and '50, Argentina '78 and '86, Spain '10) as Portugese speaking countries (Brazil '58, '62, '70, '94, '02). There are four gold medals won by German speaking countries (Germany in '54, '74, '90, '14).

                        Spain is, so far, the only football World Cup gold medalist of the 21st century not to have won gold in the 20th century too.

                        Four countries have won gold in the World Cup before winning any other medals: Uruguay ('30 - first ever World Cup), Italy ('34), England ('66), and Spain ('10).

                        All the three countries which have won gold but no other kind of medal has fourth as next best result: Spain in '50, Uruguay in '54, '70, and '10, England in '90.

                        Silver Medals
                        The Netherlands is alone on top of the list of "number of World Cup finals of countries which has been there but never won gold": three: the Netherlands ('74, '78, '10), two: Czechoslovakia ('34, '62) and Hungary ('38, '54), one: Sweden ('58).

                        Germany has lost four finals ('66, '82, '86, and '02), but has won just as many ('54, '74, '90. '14).

                        Most countries reaching the World Cup final have been there more than once. Out of the four countries that have been there only once - England in 66, Spain in 10, Sweden in 58, and Uruguay in 30 (Uruguay technically did not take part in a final game when winning gold in 1950) - only Sweden lost its final.

                        Four countries have won silver before winning any other medals: Argentina ('30), Czechoslovakia ('34), Hungary ('38), and the Netherlands ('74).

                        There are only two countries that have won silver and bronze without winning gold: the Netherlands (see above) and Sweden, which has won one silver ('58) and two bronze medals ('50 and '94). Brazil, France, Germany, and Italy have also won both silver and bronze, but they have all won gold too.

                        Bronze Medals
                        The Netherlands won against Brazil 3-0 in the bronze game '14. The biggest victory in any bronze game is still 4-0, the result when Sweden won against Bulgaria in '94.

                        Argentina has been in five World Cup finals (30, 78, 86, 90, 14), won two (78, 86), but has never been in a bronze game.

                        Most goals scored in a bronze game was when France beat West Germany by 6-3 in '58.

                        The only country that has won more than one bronze medal but never any other kind of medal is Poland, which won bronze in '74 and '82.

                        Most Medals
                        Germany has more World Cup medals than any other country: gold in 54, 74, 90, 14, silver in 66, 82, 86, 02, bronze in 34, 70, 06, 10.

                        Brazil has more golds than any other country, 58, 62, 70, 94, 02, but has two silvers, 50, 98, and two bronzes, 38, 78.

                        Germany is the only country which has won medals in four consecutive football World Cups, with silver in 02, bronze in 06 and 10, and gold in 14.

                        Many Different Medalists
                        Out of all the 20 World Cups played so far, there are only eight when all the medalists have won medals before: '70, '78, '82, '86, '90, '94, '06, and '14.

                        The World Cup 2010 was the seventh where medals have only been awarded European countries, the others being '34, '54, '66, '74, '82, and '06. There has been no World Cup with only South American medalists.

                        Out of all the nineteen medalists, there are as many as seven that has not won more than 1 bronze each.

                        The USA (bronze '30) is the only medalist not to come from the football associations of either Europe nor South America.

                        Top Scorers
                        In three World Cups, there have been more than one player who has won the list of top scorers: '62, '94, and '10.

                        Some people living in Africa can say that they live in the country winning the first World Cup played in Africa: inhabitants of the Spanish towns of Ceuta and Melilla and of the Canary Islands.

                        While Brazil is the only South American country to have won gold when the World Cup was played in Europe ('58), other South Americans can also say their home country won the World Cup when it was played in Europe: inhabitants of French Guyana, since France won in '98.

                        Football and Rugby
                        The football World Cup is the largest sports event in the world. After the summer Olympic Games, the rugby union World Cup is the third. One nation has won both: England, which won the football World Cup in 66 and the rugby union World Cup in 03.
                        Last edited by DGG; 07-24-2014, 01:24 AM.