2014 FIFA World Cup
Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday.
Joachim Loew has shaped a talented German generation into an entertaining and successful team with a history of near misses. Germany needs to beat Argentina in Sunday’s World Cup decider to finally make Loew a winner.
Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella is looking for perfection against Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final.
Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal is trying to motivate his players for the third-place match against Brazil by giving them the mission of becoming the only Dutch squad to finish a World Cup unbeaten in regular play.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final is now set, with its two participants earning their way into the match in very different ways. First it was Germany absolutely demolishing host nation Brazil by the score of 7-1. Brazil fell behind 5-0 before the 30th minute was over, a result as shocking to the worldwide audience as it was to all the Brazilians both in attendance in Belo Horizonte and across the country.
It won’t be what Brazil’s fans will remember, but the first World Cup semifinal is the most tweeted-about sports event in Twitter history.
Dutch captain and all-time top scorer Robin van Persie is in doubt for the World Cup semifinal against Argentina after succumbing to a stomach problem.
The World Cup’s best dribblers – Lionel Messi and Arjen Robben – face off when Argentina and Netherlands meet in the semifinals.
Even without Neymar, Brazil’s show must go on. The World Cup hosts, now forced to play without their injured superstar, will face Germany on Tuesday for a spot in next weekend’s final.
FIFA says all samples have tested clean in its World Cup anti-doping program, though no unannounced controls have been made in Brazil.