All good things - The AFR Voice World Cup Final Special
All good things must come to an end, even heart-stopping endlessly entertaining World Cups. It's time for the pod to sign-off for the summer too. We've recorded over 45 shows this season and few will be sweeter than this – the chance to reflect on a tense, emotionally draining but ultimately fulfilling World Cup final.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Napoleon Hill
This will be tough, even for a person like Lionel Messi - who to his credit keeps his emotions under check at most of the situation. After losing the final it was clear that he never wanted to spend anymore minute on the pitch.
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil was something special, not just in the amount of goals that were scored, but the quality of soccer from almost every one of the 32 teams. To make sure we don't forget any of the memorable moments, We assembled several of our favorite GIFS from the World Cup below.
One of the most sensational goals scored in the World Cup was from Robin van Persie, who scored from an amazing header.
World Cup Team of the Tournament: Who is in the best XI of Brazil 2014? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
In the wake of the fantastically entertaining World Cup finals in Brazil, the BBC have released a team picked by their pundits as the Team of the Tournament. Former England trio; Alan Shearer, Chris Waddle and Rio Ferdinand put their heads together with on-location Brazil correspondent, Tim Vickery, to select the best XI from the stunning competition.
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 have flirted with victory at least. The problem was Messi blasted the ball over Manuel Neuer's net, not even forcing him to make a proper save.
Even poor old Lionel Messi looked a little sheepish when collecting the Golden Ball award last night after Argentina's final defeat against Germany.
Out of a pool of nominated players including Germany's Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Philipp Lahm, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Angel Di Maria as well as Neymar, Arjen Robben and James Rodriguez, FIFA's technical team (along with members of the media) somehow decided that the Albiceleste captain had been the most consistently good player of the tournament.
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 in the second half, and was caught on camera showing a lack of respect for Argentina Head Coach Alejandro Sabella as he walked away from team huddles while the manager was talking.
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 minutes it turned out to be as a total of 36 fouls were made.
The comparisons between Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona can be a little tiresome, but they're understandably natural. Both supreme masters of their craft, both Argentinean No.10's, both left-footed, both deistic figures for their compatriots. And on the cusp of the 2014 World Cup final, both potentially winning captains on the biggest stage of all.
I got to have a really cool chat the other day with George Vecsey, the longtime "Sports of The Times" columnist and author of "Eight World Cups." He explained the Germany pick he made months ago and really delved into the flaws of the Messi-Maradona succession narrative in addition to giving some other neat insight.
Messi 90 minutes from true legendary status - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Up high in the sky, towering above the heavens next to Mount Olympus, lies the Mount Rushmore of football. So far, only two faces have been carved into the mountain, that of Argentina's Diego Maradona and Brazil's Pele.
Sunday night signals the end of perhaps one of the more entertaining World Cup Finals in a long time. Both Germany and Argentina were considered pre-tournament favourites. The stereotypically efficient Germans and the flair of Argentina, right? Not quite, in an apparent role reversal Germany have been arguably the most entertaining side so far, their opening 4-0 victory against Portugal and 7-1 demolition of Brazil the notable highlights.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams
This has to be Lionel Messi's moment of reckoning - the chance to permanently etch his name among the pantheon of the greatest in football. Frankly he don't have to win the World Cup to be considered as one of the greatest of all time; but then some people just wouldn't shut up.
The possible recipients for the 2014 FIFA Golden Ball award, Golden Glove and Best Young Player have been announced, four Argentinians have been nominated and their German opponents in the final have five total nominees. Players are evaluated by FIFA's technical group and selected by the committees of the technical group.
Sunday night in the Maracana, Andre Schurrle and his German team mates take on Argentina in the World Cup Final and for me, I can only see a German victory, the first European win on South American soil.
Alot as always, is said about Lionel Messi but he will need the rest of his team mates to perform to the levels we have seen Germany reach in this competition in order to match the Germans and make a real game of the final.
Battle of the Victorious: Can Messi still make the difference without his main outlet? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Argentina's game is based around Messi, much like Brazil's was around Neymar and we all know how that worked out for them yesterday with him injured. Argentinahaven't suffered the same curse of being without their main man, but they do have asimilarity in that they are without another key player, Angel Di Maria, much like Brazil were also without Thiago Silva.
I am back to my dull and boring life. Without anything useful to do besides changing a flat tire on my car, I have reflected on the top ten worst things of this world cup. There was a lot of shit to consider, from the social problems in Brazil that perhaps became more prominent during the World Cup. But more directly related to the tournament these are the ten worst (and believe me, it was not
I am a bit hungover right now. But just want to say that Germany are the right champions, the best team in the world, the greatest fans in the world, and I am delighted they won, if only a bit disappointed Argetina lost.But losing to a great team is never a shame.The only shame was that Lionel Messi got the golden ball.
I support Argentina and I am wearing my Argentina shirt today. It will be a long-held dream to see them again lift the trophy, as I still remember their last triumph with nostalgia. 1986; when football became my passion. That said, I have been very critical of their play in this tournament. They are not that offensive side that many expected with the players they have.
Wait, I thought Uruguay was out? (huffingtonpost.com)
Surprisingly, FIFA hasn't stopped the tournament and declared Germany the World champions. So there'll be a few more games. Austin Fido previews Argentina vs. Netherlands, the second semifinal...
The tournament rules demand someone step forward to play Germany at the weekend, so we're going to have to see things through despite the temptation (too strong to resist in some cases) to cast the Germans as the most perfect incarnation of football since.
Luke Shaw cost Manchester United £30m Is he worth it? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Is Luke Shaw, Manchester United's new recruit at left-back, realistically worth the £30 million price tag the club paid for him? We're about to assess just that. Tipped as the best teenage left-back in the world, Shaw has certainly amassed a large fan base over the last year or two.
UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14: Top 10 shortlist revealed! - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
The shortlist for the UEFA Best Player in Europe 2013/14 award has been revealed, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi all nominated in the ten-strong list from the top Europeanleagues.
Jetzt sind schon 2 Tage vergangen seit die WM in Brasilien vorbei ist. Der Rausch nach der Titelfeier sollte bei den Deutschen Spielern und Fans inzwischen überstanden sein, Gelegenheit nochmal ein paar schöne Szenen des Turniers zu genießen und was eignet sich da besser als Tore.
Du gewinnst oder du verlierst! Um haaresbreite. Denk an all die wichtigen Dinge in deinem Leben und dann feier den WM-Titel! Das war knapp gestern, aber am Ende waren unsere Jungs um Thomas Müller einen kleinen Ticken besser und genau das hat es am Ende auch ausgemacht.
In 2008, Spain triumphed at the European championships with a core of players, nearly all of them from domestic clubs, who were rounding into their prime. Spain were widely viewed as the best team at Euro 2008 and won the tournament with a clean slate, sweeping their three group stage matches...
We've waited four years for this weekend - AFR Voice
And then there were two. With two equally compelling semi-finals from the opposite ends of the footballing spectrum now complete, we now know that it'll be either Germany or Argentina taking a 6.1kg, 36.8cm high World Cup souvenir back home with them.
July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany midfielder Mario Gotze (19) celebrates scoring a goal in extra time against the Argentina in the championship match of the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports
RIO DE JANEIRO — At a World Cup where substitutes have made more impact than ever, it was fitting that Mario Götze came off the bench to win it, and another replacement supplied the inch-perfect cross.
We had the best of times, we had the worst of times.
While at Liverpool, Luis Suarez scored 69 league goals and tallied 23 league assists in three and a half seasons. In all competitions, his total jumps to 82 goals.
While at Liverpool, Luis Suarez was suspended eight games for racial abuse, one game for giving the finger to Fulham fans, two games for yellow card accumulation, 10 games for biting, and has a four-month ban for another bite looming.