- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle2 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 Tackle3 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.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
Join the Yahoo Studios sports team for World Soccer Live, a postgame show for the World Cup final. The show is hosted by Melanie Collins, who is joined by an exciting array of expert analysts on the program including Yahoo Futbol Global Ambassador Jose Mourinho via satellite from London and the 2010 U.S. Men’s National Team captain Carlos Bocanegra in studio.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
Amid the tension of the World Cup final, a fan managed to make his way onto the pitch in the match's 82nd minute. That's not news; idiots are everywhere. What is news is the fact that despite all the security in place, this fan was able to get close enough to try to land a kiss on the cheek of Germany's Benedikt Hoewedes. Not only that, but a rather well-known spectator with a camera posted video of the incident for all the world to see:
Yes, that video is courtesy of LeBron James, in attendance after signing with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. James was curiously amused by the invader. But then again, he's had some experience with that sort of thing himself:
Apparently the fan who ran onto the Maracana Stadium pitch is a well-known YouTube prankster who made his intentions known early on:
See you guys tomorrow on Tv Germany vs Argentina
Today is a very big day for me
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle4 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.
- Graham Watson at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
To the victors go the spoils and 1 percent of FIFA's 2014 World Cup revenue.
After Germany defeated Argentina in extra time of the final of the World Cup, not only did it get to hoist an 18-carat trophy, but it also hauled off a cool $35 million.
It’s fitting that the largest prize in World Cup history was distributed in the most expensive World Cup in history. Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup, received $30 million.
That money is the only thing Germany gets to keep (except for bragging rights) since the expensive trophy stays with FIFA and teams are given a cheaper replica.
- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle5 hrs ago
The 2014 World Cup has been marked by several controversies regarding head injuries to players and the inability of virtually everyone – the players themselves, coaches, doctors, officials, etc. – to make sure they receive the proper medical care.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle6 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.
- Danielle Elliot at Dirty Tackle7 hrs ago
Fans looking to relive the glorious victories and heartbreaking defeats of the past month could spend hours reading through articles. For those short on time, it might be more fun to just flip through this slideshow for the cartoon tale of the highs and lows.
BREAKING: Brazil's Christ the Redeemer statue right now. pic.twitter.com/fvZ0YPJ5Wz
The memes kicked off with Robin van Persie's amazing header, for which he'll always been known as The Flying Dutchman. Over the next four weeks fans put Mexican goalkeeper's Guillermo Ochoa's face on Christ the Redeemer as he saved Mexico throughout the group stage; enormous cartoon gloves on Tim Howard's hands after his historic 16-save performance, and Christ the Redeemer's head in his hands after Brazil's historic 7-1 semi-final loss.
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle7 hrs ago
“I expected the U.S. to go even further because they were playing so well and they looked really strong,” said Beckham, speaking to the Guardian.
The USA managed to progress beyond a difficult group that also included Ghana, Portugal and eventual finalists, Germany, before falling to a talented Belgium side in the round of 16.