- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle3 hrs 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. And hours after Germany, the team that beat Brazil 7-1 to begin this horror, edged out Argentina to win the World Cup, it was agreed that Scolari's contract would not be renewed, according to Globo.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 hrs 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, through no fault of his own, it just wasn't meant to be for Leo Messi as the better team won their fourth World Cup title and beat Argentina in the final rounds of the tournament for the third straight time.
- Danielle Elliot at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
On the pitch, Germany clearly beat the U.S. It beat everyone. But in one of the World Cup's other big battles – sponsorship – an American company is giving its German rival a run for its money. (Or, more accurately, everyone else's money.)
Sponsoring 10 teams, Nike outfitted more teams than perennial soccer equipment and apparel designer Adidas, which had nine this year. It's the first time a company sponsored more teams than Adidas. Puma has eight teams; other sponsors included Mizuno, Marathon and Joma.
The two powerhouses, though, control 70 percent of the soccer market, according to Forbes.
- Sean Leahy at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
Colombia’s James Rodriguez was the breakout star of the 2014 World Cup. His six goals, including the goal of the tournament, helped lead Los Cafeteros to the quarterfinals for the first time the country’s history. That production earned him the Golden Boot award as the top scorer of the competition.
Rodriguez’s hold on the award wasn’t definitive until the last whistle in the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Thomas Muller led the Germans with five goals and was aiming for his second consecutive Golden Boot with an offensive outburst on Sunday.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle6 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.
- Xoel Cardenas at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
The World Cup has ended, and it was one of the greatest of all time. The final was a battle, as Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 in extra time. Two of the German protagonists in the game displayed more than just solid performances in the final.
Bastian Schweinsteiger displayed confidence, some would say arrogance, in what was written on his boots for the World Cup final. What was written on his shoes?
"The Chosen One"
A bit arrogant? Perhaps. But hey, it's his boots.
Schweinsteiger had a tough World Cup final, as he was fouled several times which included one foul that saw him get a nasty cut on his face, thanks to a Sergio Aguero foul. Bastian ran 15km and took a beating in the game, but I'm sure he'd tell you it was all worth it.
Schweinsteiger may have had "The Chose One" on his boots, but the "chosen one" of the game was without a doubt Mario Gotze. The Bayern Munich man came on as a substitue in the 88th minute and grabbed the title-winning goal in the 113th minute, making it the second latest World Cup-winning goal ever (Andres Iniesta, Spain, 116th minute against Netherlands, 2010).
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
Though supremely talented, Mario Gotze was not the star of a German team packed with talent until he made himself the hero by scoring the World Cup final's only goal deep into extra time. Gotze did not play at all in Germany's 7-1 domination of Brazil in the semifinals and only made a seven-minute cameo at the end of their quarterfinal win over France. He was once again out of the starting lineup for the final, and wasn't brought on until the 88th minute, but that ended up suiting him just fine. Here's everything you need to know about the man who sealed Germany's fourth World Cup title...
-Still just 22 years old, Gotze made a contentious €37 million ($50 million) move from boyhood club Borussia Dortmund to rival Bayern Munich last summer. This was seen as an unforgivable betrayal by Dortmund fans and since the deal was announced two months before the end of the season, they had ample time to let him know it. One banner read: "The pursuit of money shows how much heart you really have. F*** off Gotze!"
- Graham Watson at Dirty Tackle7 hrs ago
As German players posed with, kissed and hoisted one of the most coveted trophies in all of sports, it’s a fair assumption that many of the players had no idea their time with the historic 18-carat gem was running short.
After the celebration ends and the Germans board their plane, the trophy they worked so hard to achieve will be locked away and a gold-plated replica would be headed back to German soil.
It seems like one of the biggest teases in sports.
- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle8 hrs ago
Argentina star Lionel Messi did not have the World Cup final that would have ended any arguments against his status as one of the best soccer players ever. It's not surprising, then, that a prestigious award did little to lift his spirits after the match.
Minutes after the final whistle of Germany's 1-0 victory in extra time, Messi was named as the winner of the Golden Ball, the award given to the World Cup's top player. He did not seem particularly enthused to take the trophy:
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle8 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.