- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle58 mins ago
Argentina only trailed their opponents for a grand total of seven minutes during the 2014 World Cup. Unfortunately for them, all seven of those minutes came at the end of the World Cup final.
Germany won their fourth World Cup title and first as a unified nation when substitute Mario Gotze came off the bench in the 88th minute and ended Argentina keeper Sergio Romero's 485-minute goalless streak — the third longest in World Cup history — with a brilliant volley. This marks the first time a European team has won the World Cup in South America and it also continues a string of misery for Argentina at the hands of Germany.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 hr ago
After 112 minutes of tense, scoreless play in the World Cup final where Argentina looked almost certain to be first to score, Germany substitute Mario Gotze made himself an extra-time hero with a brilliant volley to put his side up 1-0.
With the match looking like it was headed to penalties after both sides proved unable finish several golden chances, Gotze found space between the Argentine defenders, controlled a cross with his chest and fired a volley past the goalkeeper at an angle for the goal.
Gotze, who previously scored in Germany's 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage, entered the match in the 88th minute for the World Cup's all-time leading scorer Miroslav Klose. And the goal from the 22-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder proved to be the difference, giving Germany their fourth World Cup title and first as a unified nation.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle3 hrs ago
Perhaps to make the U.S.'s Chris Wondolowski feel a bit better about his late miss against Belgium in the round of 16, Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain squandered the kind of scoring chance against heavily favored Germany that only happens in dreams about the World Cup final.
Argentina came out with the novel approach of actually trying to attack from the start of the match and Germany's backline struggled to keep up with the pace of Lionel Messi and company. In the 21st minute, a misplaced Toni Kroos header set itself up perfectly for Higuain to have a one-v-one against goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, but the Argentine striker somehow put it wide of the net.
And no one was more stunned/relieved than Neuer.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle7 hrs ago
When FIFA said that Luis Suarez was banned from all football-related activity for four months as punishment for using the World Cup to complete his opponent biting trifecta, it turns out they really meant all football-related activity. Suarez completed a £75 million ($128 million) transfer from Liverpool to Barca on Friday, but his new club will not be able to hold their usual public unveiling of their big money signing because of his ban.
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Robin van Persie gave his captain's armband to the Netherlands' most recognizable fan after Brazil winBrooks Peck at Dirty Tackle20 hrs ago
Following the Netherlands' 3-0 win over Brazil to win the World Cup's third-place playoff, Robin van Persie made a point to gift his captain's armband to his country's most devoted supporter.
For more than 25 years, Winfried Witjes has traveled the world to attend the vast majority of the Netherlands' matches dressed as The Oranje General. Like Brazil's Gaucho da Copa, The General has become an immediately recognizable part of major international tournaments. But due to financial trouble, he wasn't going to be able to travel to Brazil for this World Cup.
Before the World Cup, Dirk Kuyt announced that he would retire from international play at the end of the tournament after a decade of representing the Netherlands. As the Dutch put together an impressive run to the semifinals, Kuyt won his 100th cap and converted penalties in the team's successful quarterfinal shootout against Costa Rica and unsuccessful semifinal shootout against Argentina.
Though Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal said that the third-place match "should never be played," it had special meaning for Kuyt as it would be his last with the team. He started the match and his send-off began brilliantly when the Dutch claimed a 2-0 lead in just the 16th minute. Shortly before halftime, Kuyt suffered a gash on his head after taking an elbow that dyed his hair red above the ear. Some players would have packed it in at that point, especially since this was only a match to determine the answer to a trivia question, but Dirk Kuyt doesn't play that way.
The former Liverpool man had the Netherlands' physio staple his oozing head shut and finished out the game.
The Netherlands beat the zombified corpse of Brazil's national team 3-0 in the ultimately meaningless World Cup third-place match Saturday, finally bringing an end to the host nation's drawn-out nightmare after one last bit of torture. Combined with Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany in the semifinals, this marks the first time the nation with more World Cup titles than any other has lost two consecutive World Cup matches since 1974.
A parody of a North Korean state news broadcast claiming that the isolated nation's team won the World Cup group stage (despite not qualifying for the tournament) has some people convinced it's real and everyone giggling at its claims.
According to the video, North Korea sailed through the group stage with a 7-0 win over Japan, 4-0 win over the U.S. and 2-0 win over China, putting them in a playoff against Portugal. It also shows images of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un superimposed on the big screen at Rio's World Cup fan fest.
FIFA has come out in defense of ticket partner Match Services following the arrest of executive Ray Whelan, who is suspected of running a major World Cup ticket scalping operation. Whelan was arrested by Brazilian police on Monday and released on bail. He was labeled a fugitive when police tried to re-arrest him on Thursday, only to find that he had fled his hotel through a service door with his lawyer, who is reportedly negotiating terms of Whelan's next contact with police.
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- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 days ago
With just two matches left to be played in the 2014 World Cup, the time has come to look back on an excellent and often insane month of football. And, as Lionel Messi will tell you, there is no better way to do that than to recreate many of the tournament's standout moments with Lego pieces.
The Guardian has been producing Lego highlights of World Cup matches throughout the tournament and now they have put together a compilation that serves as a delightful recap for anyone who might be joining late or blacked out sometime around Luis Suarez's bite on Giorgio Chiellini.
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Be sure to watch for Pepe's headbutt on Thomas Muller, David Luiz's free kick against Colombia and the assortment of celebrating Lego men that will make you wish the final would be carried out entirely in Lego form. Enjoy.
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