Goste-se ou não, a Alemanha foi uma justa vencedora do Mundial do Brasil. A selecção germânica foi uma verdadeira equipa na acepção da palavra. Teve jogadores que se exibiram em grande plano como Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller ou Bastian Schweinsteiger, mas foi, acima de tudo, o colectivo que sobressaiu.
ALEMANIA (Seleccionador: Joachim Löw) [Lista provisional de 30 jugadores, reducida a 27 con los descartes de Marcell Jansen, Leon Goretzka, Andre Hahn y Max Meyer, más la incorporación de Christoph Kramer] Porteros: Manuel Neuer (Bayern), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund) y Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover).
The 2014 World Cup might now be a thing of the past, but there were more than enough impressive performances throughout the tournament to keep fans talking for a while.
From Manuel Neuer's strong showings in goal for Germany to Arjen Robben's electric outings for the Netherlands to James Rodriguez's attention-grabbing games for Colombia, the recently-concluded World Cup had no shortage of stellar play from individuals looking to make an impact on soccer's grandest stage.
The 2014 World Cup final was not a classic but it would be hard to argue that the Germans were not deserving winners. They were the best collective unit, achieved the outstanding result in the World Cup demolishing the hosts, Brazil, 7-1 in the semifinals and were by far the most consistent team in the tournament.
Manuel Neuer's big hit on Gonzalo Higuain has been a major talking point with the non contact sports specialists calling for a red card and the hard as nails specialists calling for a badge of honour and I must agree it was a great hit and a fair one too he got the ball and done what I'd expect every great keeper to do knee's up and protect themselves when coming for a ball in the area!
I remember fondly a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen during the 2012-13 season. Bayern Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer runs up towards the Leverkusen goal. He dribbles and sets up a cross that drifts into the area, and in the end the ball skips off the crossbar. Bayern loses the game.
In a quarterfinal match that often lacked urgency, German center back Mats Hummels can claim the decisive moment, overpowering French defender Patrice Evra for the 13th-minute winner.
The 6-foot-4 Hummels was helped along by a well-placed free kick from Toni Kroos, but it was the Borussia Dortmund man who had the finishing touch, literally strong-arming Evra to free himself 10 yards out.
Employedas a roaming sweeper-keeper behind Germany's high defensive line, Manuel Neuer always covers a fair bit of ground, especially for a goalie but his heat map for the Algeria game is bloody incredible.
While most people are talking about James, Messi and Robben, yesterday Germany's ‘keeper, Manuel Neuer gave one of the performances of the World Cup.
However as the song goes, it wasn't what Neuer did, but the way that he did it. Making as many tackles against Algeria as he did saves, Neuer showed the watching world how vital a good ‘sweeper-keeper' can be.
Algeria gave Germany a massive World Cup scare tonight and had it not been for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer given a masterclass of keeping and filling in as a sweeper ze German's could easily have been winging it home rather than looking forward to a quarter-final clash with France courtesy of their 2-1 extra-time win against a gallant Algerian side who held one of the World Cup Favourite's to a 0-0 draw before eventually conceding just two minutes into extra-time!
With the scores at 2-2, this error by German glovesman Manuel Neuer could have proved costly against Ghana. However, luckily for the Bayern man he was able to recover the situation and boot the ball upfield. Shades of the Harlem Globetrotters there!
World Cup 2014: The Dream Team - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Soccer's ultimate event, the FIFA World Cup is now just around the corner. Some of the best players in the world will soon head over to Brazil to headline what promises to be a tournament to remember. Following the soccer frenzy, I was going through the teams and the groups a few days back which got me thinking about the World Cup Dream Team.
Germany has us all in awe. As a football fan they are impossible not to like. And I like them. Had it not been that they are playing Argentina, I would probably have been supporting them against anyone else. It has been a joy to watch Germany develop its football over the last 12 years. They threw away the tight discipline and hierarchies that had given them so much in the 20th century, and
Group G winner Germany became the first team ever to reach four straight World Cup semifinals after defeating France 1-0 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on Friday afternoon. Center back Mats Hummels headed in Toni Kroos' curling free kick in the 13th minute and France forced German keeper Manuel Neuer into five saves to preserve the shutout and the victory.
The sun was shining in Paris, France, before their last-16 match against Nigeria. It was a city that nevertheless seemed to have more in itself; it was not draped in flags just as Belgium or Netherlands. Still, you could clearly see that the city would leave the cafes, restaurants and galleries at 6 PM.
The Ballon d'Or and Goalkeepers Will a keeper ever follow in Lev Yashin's footsteps? is a post from: Just Football
So that's it is it? It's finally over? On Monday morning/afternoon/evening depending on your location Cristiano Ronaldo was finally confirmed as the Ballon d'Or winner in yet another anticlimactic affair.
Rumours this morning suggest that Danny Welbeck is prepared to leave the club this summer. The lad from Longsight splits opinion amongst reds and whilst this is a concept I struggle with, given that he loves the club, has spent his life dreaming of playing for United and is still young enough to deserve patience, I too would like to see him score more goals.
The rumours linking Toni Kroos have gathering pace over the past few weeks, with the player's contract talks with club Bayern Munich hitting a stumbling block.
As it stands, Kroos is some way down the pecking order with his salary at the German champions. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben are reportedly the top earners on Â£165k-a-week, followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger on Â£135k, Philipp Lahm on Â£120k, then Mario GÃ¶tze on Â£115k.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has blown a chance to give his side an early lead against Bayern Munich. His weak penalty was saved by his old schoolfriend Manuel Neuer. Ozil had won the penalty himself, being brought down by Jerome Boateng after cutting inside from Jack Wilshere's through ball.
Quite simply, the goalkeeper position is the hardest position to rate when comparing players. Often times goalkeepers can be made or broken by their team's success; unfairly condemned or built up thanks to the players in front of them. There are an abundance of goalkeepers in the game today that are considered "great" players, who have been the product of the team in front of them, while at the same time there are goalkeepers who don't get enough credit because their team makes them look bad.
With Oktoberfest fast approaching and the Bavarians proving themselves as the overlords of European football, Adidas has gone perhaps a bit too traditional and modeled Bayern Munich's new away kit after lederhosen. The brown shorts were intended to look like leather pants to go with the white collared shirt and to complete the ensemble, Adidas even produced a special jacket and "jaunty hat" to go with it.
Chelsea lost last night's Uefa Super Cup to Bayern Munich in just about the most sickening circumstances. Fernando Torres gave the Blues an early lead, which was cancelled out by Franck Ribery. Ramires was sent off on 85 minutes, leaving Jose Mourinho's side heading into extra-time with 10 men. They had been expected to sit [.
If ever teams needed reminding how important it is to win their group in the Champions League consider that all four away teams, and group winners, win this week. Last night it was PSG and Barcelona, and tonight it was Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid that picked up the vital away goals and wins.
Manuel Neuer packt seine Koffer und ist doch schon in Brasilien [Sponsored Video]
Manuel Neuer packt seine Koffer. Jetzt? Nach dem ersten Gruppenspiel? Fragt jetzt bitte nicht, wo er denn hin will, denn diese Frage ist einfach nur unangebracht. Manuel Neuer bleibt natürlich in Brasilien und er bleibt auch weiterhin in unserer Nationalmannschaft im Tor stehen.
Was er macht, ist allererste Sahne. Das ist unbezahlbar. Wir spielen mit TorhÃ¼ter. Das vergessen einige. Und bald spielt er in der gegnerischen HÃ¤lfte. Dem kÃ¶nnen die Abwehrspieler immer den Ball zuspielen, und er gibt ihn mit rechts oder links perfekt zurÃ¼ck.
Uli HoeneÃŸ, PrÃ¤sident des FC Bayern MÃ¼nchen, lobt TorhÃ¼ter Manuel Neuer nach dem gewonnen Champions League Achtelfinale bei Arsenal London.