- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle45 mins ago
A fourth-place finish at the World Cup is usually worthy of a commendation, but when you're the manager of Brazil and the campaign ends with two consecutive losses and 10 goals conceded on home turf, it's an unspeakable disaster. Despite losing the third-place match 3-0 to the Netherlands and getting booed off the pitch, Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said that he would leave his fate up to the federation. Yet hours after Germany, the team that beat Brazil 7-1 to begin this horror, edged out Argentina to win the World Cup, Scolari hastened the inevitable and resigned, according to Globo.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 hr ago
Before the first half of the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany was even over, Lionel Messi was vomiting. This, unfortunately, is nothing new for Messi, nor is it something that seems to bother him very much. It also was not the low point of his night.
He gave Germany a few scares in the first 45 minutes and he had one last chance to change the result with a free kick in the final seconds of extra time after Germany made it 1-0. But it just wasn't meant to be for Leo Messi as Germany won their fourth World Cup title and beat Argentina in the final rounds for the third straight tournament.
To the surprise of many, Messi was awarded the Golden Ball after carrying Argentina through the group stage with four goals. Yet even this high honor couldn't cheer him up as that crowning achievement — a World Cup title — remains the one thing missing from his overflowing trophy room.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle3 hrs ago
No one celebrated Germany's 1-0 extra-time win over Argentina in the World Cup final better than striker Lukas Podolski. Though he didn't play in the match and only made two appearances during the tournament, he did all he could to savor the scene at the Maracana Stadium. After the final whistle, he wasted no time in posting a selfie with Bastian Schweinsteiger on the pitch to Twitter.
And then he one-upped himself by posting one with German chancellor Angela Merkel.
Selfie 2…:-) pic.twitter.com/RJh7RnXXUw
But he didn't just spend the whole night taking pictures of himself with increasingly important people. Once the majority of fans had left and the clean-up had begun, Podolski took his son Louis on the pitch and they took turns firing penalty kicks at each other. At one of the most famous stadiums in the world. After winning the World Cup final.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
Argentina only trailed its 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 its 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 Tackle6 hrs 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 its fourth World Cup title and first as a unified nation.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle8 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 Tackle11 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.
From the PA:
Robin van Persie gave his captain's armband to the Netherlands' most recognizable fan after Brazil winBrooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day 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.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle1 day ago
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.