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Archives: World Cup

Zinedine Zidane Reveals His Thoughts On Headbutts And Penalties

Posted on by Peter Quinn
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Earlier today, Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane presided over his first training session as the new coach of Real Madrid Castilla, otherwise known as the club’s ‘B’ team. Zidane was most recently part of Carlo Ancelotti’s coaching staff that won … Continue reading

WATCH World Cup 2014 Closing Montages From ESPN, BBC, ITV, CBC and RTE [VIDEO]

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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After the final whistle was blown and Germany was declared World Cup Champions, the major sports networks started to wrap up their coverage of the 2014 World Cup, and many of them closed their broadcasts with a montage of some … Continue reading

Why Germany Won the World Cup And Why They May Not Be Perfect

Posted on by Søren Frank
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Ten years. That’s how long the German team, their head coach, and the entire backroom staff have worked – worked hard and determined, that is – to reach the ultimate goal: World Champions. We have seen it before. In the … Continue reading

Rebuilding Brazil Won’t Be Easy For Scolari’s Successor

Posted on by Derek Morriss
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The World Cup is over, and whilst the Germans are probably still celebrating their thoroughly deserved victory, as a Brazilian, I am more concerned about the mess that the national team is now in. Over the course of 180 minutes … Continue reading

World Soccer Talk’s Best Starting XI Of The 2014 World Cup

Posted on by Andrew Jones
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In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded. Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world … Continue reading

Lionel Messi Didn’t Deserve to Win the Golden Ball Award at the World Cup

Posted on by Juan Arango
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The free-kick in the dying moments of extra time saw Lionel Messi in a position where he could etch himself into immortality. He was not going to win the match at that point, but if he had scored, Argentina could … Continue reading

Mesut Özil’s Touches and Movement Key to German Success

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Mesut Özil was heavily criticized during this World Cup from just about every corner of the soccer world. Arsenal’s record signing endured a stop-start campaign at the Emirates and his indifferent form spilled over into the German side. In the … Continue reading

An American In Germany: Watching Die Mannschaft Win Their Fourth World Cup

Posted on by Andrew Puopolo
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When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, my father took me, then aged ten, to the Little Italy section of Manhattan to witness the celebrations. I thought it was the most electrifying experience, as I had never been to … Continue reading

André Schürrle Was Germany’s Gamechanger In World Cup Triumph

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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André Schürrle proved to be the most critical player in this World Cup that virtually nobody is talking about. His pace and high-energy play helped change the trajectory of Germany’s matches against Algeria and Argentina. The Chelsea midfielder, who spent … Continue reading

Messi’s Lack of Respect to Alejandro Sabella Ends Sour Night For Argentina

Posted on by Caitlin O'Connell
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The inevitable question of Leo Messi’s greatness will surely start after Argentina’s 1-0 loss in extra time to Germany. Despite a few flashes of greatness during the final game in the 2014 World Cup, Messi was a shadow of himself … Continue reading

Dave O’Brien Says He’s Envious Of What FOX is Doing For Gus Johnson

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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Dave O’Brien, ESPN’s lead soccer commentator for World Cup 2006, says that the USA games in the 2014 World Cup should have been announced by an American voice, and that he’s envious of what FOX Sports is doing with Gus … Continue reading

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

Posted on by Julian Delicata
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And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends. …and what a tense 120 … Continue reading

Highs and Lows of ESPN’s World Cup 2014 Coverage

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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In 2005, ABC/ESPN paid just $100 million for the English-language rights to the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups (as well as 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cups). That fee was dwarfed in 2011 when FOX paid $425 million to win … Continue reading

Player Ratings For Germany 1-0 Argentina in 2014 World Cup Final

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Germany won the World Cup late in extra time with a wonderful goal from Mario Gotze to deny Argentina. Here are the player ratings for both teams from the final. Germany   Manuel Neuer, 8: Neuer didn’t have too much … Continue reading

WATCH Germany Wins 2014 World Cup; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Congratulations to Germany on winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time. After the first 90 minutes ended 0-0, the match went to extra time. In the second half of extra time, Mario Götze’s goal … Continue reading

WATCH Mario Götze’s Goal For Germany Against Argentina [VIDEO]

Posted on by Alex Muller
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Mario Götze scored a sensational goal for Germany deep in the second half of extra time, to give Germany a 1-0 lead against Argentina in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. “That looked like golddust to the Germans” exclaimed ESPN commentator … Continue reading

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

Posted on by Alex Muller
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This is it. The game we wait every four years for, and it’ll be over in 90 minutes or more. Savor every moment. And share your observations, rants and raves in the comments section below with fellow World Soccer Talk … Continue reading

WATCH Argentina 0-0 Germany World Cup Final: 1st Half Highlights [VIDEO]

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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World Cup finals are often cagey events, with teams too nervous to make mistakes in case it costs them the game. But in the first half between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana, this was a joy to watch with … Continue reading