The Post-Mortem: World Cup 2014 Colombia is a post from: Just Football
The Post-Mortem concludes now on Just Football on a positive note. We've looked at the failures and flops, now what about one of the best? After a dazzling World Cup what does the future hold for Colombia, and is this the start of a new golden era?
In my opinion, the squad that Luis Felipe Scolari chose to representBrazilat their own World Cup was the worstBrazilsquad ever assembled. What was supposed to be a sixth World Cup championship on home soil ended in utter humiliation and exposed an assortment of flaws and frailties. Here, I'll take a look at those who made it, and those who will hopefully be called up in future.
James Rodriguez strike against Uruguay has been voted Goal of the Tournament by over four million FIFA.com users, beating out Robin van Persie's header and Tim Cahill's volley for the top honor in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Twenty-eight minutes into their Round of 16 match, Colombian midfielder Abel Aguilar looped a header towards Rodriguez, whose back was to the goal, and with just two touches the 23-year-old blasted a strike past Uruguayan goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
Germany may have triumphed on the pitch, but today we're concerned with crowning the champion of a more esoteric field. Which World Cup country wore the best crest? The criteria for ranking each nation's badge of honor is the quality of graphic design, uniqueness, suitability for sport, its rendering on the shirt, and how well it conveys an aspect of national identity.
It's been a few days now since Germany deservedly won their fourth World Cup title. The team is back in Germany, was celebrated live by over 500,000 fans in Berlin and is now off on vacation. So now that we've all calmed down a bit (it might take me a bit longer), it's time to reflect on this accomplishment, how the national team got to this point and what it all really means.
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.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over. A sad state of affairs for England, yes, but now that we're officially in post-tournament mode there is still loads to talk about. Most of it will center around how one country got things right while the other 31 still have much work to do, or how the competition is going to impact the sport in years to come.
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.
Good Player Guide #26 Charles Aranguiz is a post from: Just Football
by Blair Newman
Charles Aranguiz (Internacional / Chile) Twitter: charanguiz20
In a Chile team made up of extremely noticeable players; from Gary "Pitbull" Medel and Arturo "Warrior" Vidal through to Arsenal's new livewire Alexis Sanchez, the diligent contribution of Charles Aranguiz at this summer's World Cup could easily be brushed over.
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 of the special moments of the World Cup tournament.
The amount of attention to the World Cup in Brazil was unprecedented due to the large role social media played, where records for the most tweets per minute were broken during the final the game that also was most talked about event on Facebook ever.
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 in Belo Horizonte and then Brasilia over the last week, the current crop of Brazilian internationals destroyed nearly a century's worth of painstakingly gained football legacy.
Mario Goetze's 113th minute winner may not have broken the record for the latest goal scored in World Cup history, but Germany's 1-0 triumph over Argentina broke new ground in terms of viewership.
Sunday's World Cup final was the most watched Men's World Cup Final ever in terms of American viewership, as ABC's telecast averaged17,324,000 and maxed out at 20,781,000 viewers during the German victory.
Both keepers and backlines:Few of the mistakes were made by the two backlines and when they did occur the keepers were there to clean them up... or the Argentinean forwards were there to screw it up. Germany allowed /Argentina put 0 shots on goal.
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 championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.
When the final whistle blew on Sunday and Germany won the World Cup, Lukas Podolski celebrated the way many people would by taking a selfie on his cell phone and tweeting it to his Twitter followers. It was retweeted by more than 90,000 people.
It's perhaps a sign of the times when everything is an event to be played out on social media, but the World Cup final tops all others.
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.
Looking back at the end of the World Cup and D.C. United's last game, updates on the Loudoun NASL franchise and D.C. United alums, and boobs!
Well, a month full of soccer sees Germany beat Lionel Messi and Argentina 1-0 in extra time behind a Mario Gotze goal. The fine folks at the SB Nation mothership have got you coveredfrom all angles, whether it is Argentina's subs, Gotze's goal, how Germany got there and a look to Russia, and a celebrity flashing of sorts.
I guess after getting annoyed and writing a negative post on the bad things of the World Cup yesterday, I should write one of the best things of the World Cup, in my personal view. 10. Seeing friends and family during this World Cup: For me this World Cup was an excuse to travel and enjoy with friends and family, and I did so shamelessly.
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
The Soccer Yanks have teamed up withAcross the Pond(@atpradio) to form Eyes On Rio; a collaborative effort to analyze, preview and showcase the return of the greatest sporting spectacle The 2014 World Cup.This is it, the last Eyes On Rio, putting a bow on Brazil.
I had really wanted to go to this World Cup, but unable to get a ticket I did not go. Still, I enjoyed as much as I could, taking vacation for the entire tournament, traveling to seven countries and seeing matches in Liberia, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, England and Denmark. I spent time with great friends, met a lot of people, discussed football, cheered and celebrated no
Although Newcastle will not come out and say it officially, we are pretty sure the stretch goal for next season is a top six finish, much like we accomplished two years ago, when in the preceding summer we brought in players like Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon. Daryl Janmaat European football a [.
Newcastle seem to be having trouble in bringing in some top strikers this summer and even though that was our number one priority this summer we still haven't brought in one striker yet to replace the three who left us for different reasons in the summer Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and [...]
It seems that Remy Cabella has signed on at Newcastle for a lot less than the £12M fee that was widely reported over the weekend and PA Sport is reporting it was (only) £7M cash up front to Montpellier with no add-ons. Remy Cabella upbeat in interview will miss New Zealand trip [...]
Following Sunday's World Cup final loss to Germany, albeit in extra time, Lionel Messi's legacy took a sharp hit. If he never wins the game's most prestigious trophy, Messi will never be considered the greatest soccer player ever, and that's okay because he is already an iconic figure in the sport with a lot more to contribute.
In what was undoubtedly one of the greatest footballing feats of all time Germany won the World Championship in Brazil. It surely compares to the great victory of the Germans against Hungary in 1954 at "The Miracle of Bern", but this was less a miracle than a foreseen victory of what proved to be the result of outstanding preparation, hard work and skills.
The World Cup champions arrived home this morning to a heroes welcome in Berlin.
Hundreds of thousands of Germans lined the streets to witness the squad hoisting the World Cup trophy aloft, as Germany celebrates their fourth World Cup title. After landing at Berlin's Tegel airport, the squad and support staff boarded a double-decker bus to ride through the streets of Berlin towards the Brandenberg Gate.
That could totally work on the TTC It's over! We thought it was something special but you just got up and packed your bags. Well... it was a great month... we'll always have Rio. Yes, the FIFA travelling road show/circus of corruption that is the World Cup has torn down their gold and diamond-encrusted tents leaving us waiting for four long years and a reunion in Russia.