- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle37 mins 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.
- Graham Watson at Dirty Tackle38 mins 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 give a cheaper replica.
Argentina received $25 million as the runner-up, which is up from $24 million in 2010. Netherlands earned $20 million for finishing third and Brazil earned $18 million for fourth place.
The United States earned $9 million for making it to the Round of 16. That money will go to each country’s soccer federation and it is at the discretion of each nation how to dole out the winnings.
- Eric Freeman at Dirty Tackle2 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. In Uruguay's group stage match vs. England, defender Alvaro Pereira was knocked unconscious, only to finish the match against apparent medical advice. In Argentina's semifinal match against the Netherlands, midfielder Javier Mascherano took a shot, fell to the ground, received a cursory exam, and played the full 120 minutes despite outcry from various observers on site and watching on TV. Both cases have compelled some serious questions as to FIFA's approach to treating head injuries on the pitch, with many analysts and former players asking for strict guidelines and requirements.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle2 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.
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle3 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.
- Jay Busbee at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
LeBron James. Shakira. Vladimir Putin. Daniel Craig. Adriana Lima. What do they have in common? Besides being the cast of the greatest reality show never made, they're all in attendance for Sunday afternoon's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
A list of FIFA's "VVIPs" (not to be confused with those pedestrian Very Important People") has made its way to Twitter, and the list is every bit as eclectic as you'd expect. Leading the way, naturally, are the FIFA execs, topped by the very Dr. Seuss-sounding "FIFA President Blatter." Then come the supermodels (Gisele Bundchen, Lima), the president of the International Olympic Committee, musicians (Placido Domingo, Wyclef Jean, Shakira), actors (Craig, Ashton Kutcher), and athletes (James; Olivier Dacourt; Marco Materazzi, who had a memorable World Cup final a few years back when he took a Zinedine Zidane forehead to the chest). Finally, the heads of state make the list, with the leaders of Brazil, Germany, Russia, South Africa and many more expected to be present.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Dirty Tackle4 hrs ago
Join the Yahoo Sports live blog of the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.
- Brooks Peck at Dirty Tackle5 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:
- Alex Baker at Dirty Tackle6 hrs ago
The 2014 FIFA World Cupfinal takes place Sunday at Brazil’s legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, pitting three-time World Cup winner, Germany against Argentina, a country that’s also hoisted the trophy twice previously.
What you need to know
TV: The 2014 FIFA World Cup final airs at 3pm EST today on ABC and Univision
Who: Three-time winners Germany face two-time winners Argentina
Where: Match takes place at legendary Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Led by coach Joachim Low, Germany were drawn into Group G, with the Portugal, Ghana and the USA. After winning their first match with a 4-0 drubbing of Portugal, they here held to a 2-2 draw in their second match against Ghana, before beating the U.S. 1-0 to top the group and advance to the round of 16.
Robin van Persie gave his captain's armband to the Netherlands' most recognizable fan after Brazil winBrooks Peck at Dirty Tackle18 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.