World Cup 2014 Final: 4 Talking Points from Germany vs Argentina

I’m not going to do a match report, because with a record viewership of over 1 billion people worldwide, I’m assuming you’ve watched the FIFA World Cup 2014 final. We all know the result, we’ve all seen/heard about Mario Gotze’s masterstroke. So instead I’m just going to focus on some talking points that have risen as a result of the game:

Thomas Muller World Cup winning Germany

I’m still trying to figure out what Thomas Muller is doing in this pic. Any ideas?

1) World Football is moving towards team performances

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World Cup Closing Ceremony: Quick and Painless

World Cup 2014 Closing Ceremony

World Cup Closing Ceremony (via @WorldCupPosts)

It started with ladies dressed in strange dresses, 32 of them representing the 32 nations of this World Cup, dancing around. It came down to two: Germany and Argentina, they looked oddly like tin men.

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WATCH: Lionel Messi, Child Wonder!

 Below are 2 videos of Lionel Messi, mesmerizing with the football as a child. Enjoy!

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World Cup 2014 Final Preview: Germany vs Argentina

FIFA World Cup F2014 Final

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Final is here! (via @ Podolski10)

So, it all boils down to this. 1 month 63 games later, the last two remain standing. Its Germany vs Argentina. I can honestly say that for the first time, in a very long time, the two best teams have ended up in the final. 7 out of the 10 players nominated for the Golden Boot award will be playing tonight. Here’s my zone-to-zone analysis:

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Suarez to Barcelona: A Fans Opinion

Luis Suarez to FC Barcelona

Ok. As a self confessed Liverpool FC fan and a FC Barcelona fan, the sale of Luis Suarez from Anfield to Barca shouldn’t bother me, right? Wrong. Here’s the thing: Barca don’t need Suarez. While Liverpool could still use him. Heres what I think:

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Netherlands vs Argentina: 4 Observations

1) Javier Mascherano is the glue that hold Los Albiceleste together.

The captain without the armband. While Messi leads by doing, Masch is the motivational voice. He could be seen pepping the team at half time and he motivated Romero during penalties. Despite taking a knock to his head, and looking suspiciously concussed in the following moments, he got stuck in the game. He dictated the midfield, provided attacking opportunities for Argentina, and dealt with Robben ever so efficiently. His pin point tackle on said Robben in the penalty are in the dying moments of extra time kept Argentina in the game. Man of the Match for me, for sure.

Javier Mascherano tackles Robben

Javier Mascherano was sensational (via @Independent)

2) Romero is not useless.

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5 WTF Moments from Brazil vs Germany

Its been described as the “the biggest shame in history” and it really was. Germany thrashed Brazil 7 goals to 1. Goals from Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and a brace each from Toni Kroos and Andre Schurrle saw the host knocked out in the most humiliating manner, although Oscar did score a consolation goal in the dying moments for Brazil. Many people called it before this game (including yours truly), maybe Brazil are not as good as they were made out to be. Here are 6 WTF moments from the game:

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Argentina 1 -0 Belgium: The 5 Best Players

Argentina win against Belgium

Argentina celebrate their win against Belgium (via @barcastuff)

Argentina is not all Messi. Well, maybe just a little. He was man of the match in the first 4 games this world cup. He didn’t score vs Belgium but he did win the ball and played a part in the build up to Higuain’s goal. Say what you want about the diminutive striker, he’s class, but today Argentina showed that they have strength other than “el Messiah.” After their sloppy display against Switzerland, I was impressed at how together Argentina looked, especially at the back. The defense has been poor so far, but today they put on a solid display. A much improved performance, but I have a feeling we haven’t seen the best of this Argentine side yet! Belgium was the complete opposite. They looked good in the group stages but today they were always one step behind Argentina. They played with no real purpose and didn’t provide much of a challenge for the Garay & co. at the back. Here’s my top 5 players of the match:

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VIDEO: Alejandro Sabella almost tumbles over on the sideline


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Observations from Brazil vs Colombia

It was an all South American quarter final with Brazil facing Colombia. The hosts game vs Chile did not impress me at all, I felt Brazil were lucky to be in the quarter finals.But Brazil were a more well put together side within the first 15 minutes against Colombia than they have looked all tournament. They got an early start, thanks to the thigh of Thiago Silva, who netted in the first goal from a Neymar corner in just 4 minutes. The second goal came from a David Luis free kick, his second this tournament, and what a stunner it was! Colombia were thrown a lifeline with 10 minutes to play when keeper Julio Cesar brought down a goal bound James Rodriguez. James converted his penalty to bring his total tally of goals to 6. Unfortunately, thats where his goal scoring this tournament ends. Brazil managed to hold on, and are off to face Germany in the Semi final. Here’s my observations from this game.

David Luis scores vs Colombia

David Luis scores from a Free Kick (via @FIFAWorldCup)

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