Germany crowned the World’s best. 172 nations started to qualify, 32 qualified, Germany were the last team standing. 4 Billion of Earth’s 7 Billion watched live on TV. After destroying hosts Brazil 7-1 in Tuesday’s semi-final in Belo Horizonte, this was a game that required different qualities such as resilience and concentration – but Germany were never found wanting and their ecstatic celebrations at the end were in contrast to the tears of the Argentines.
Finals are very difficult games, and very strange games. I have been involved in about 12 or so and every time form goes out the window, they are unlike ANY other game of football you will play. They are either the best feeling in the world or the hell, there is no in-between. The goal that won is was a cracker from young German wonder kid Mario Götze who plays club football for Bayern Munich, he win the biggest prize last season when Bayern won the UEFA Champions League and tonight he scored a wonder goal.
Cross, chest, volley, goal, 1-0 and there and then I knew Germany would hold on. I predicted Germany would win it, not at the start though, when Holland beat Spain 5-1 I said ‘Germany will win this’ a few Holland fans I know didn’t want to hear it (LOL) But Germany are a solid, hard, battling, tactically brilliant side. This is the first time a unified Germany has won the World Cup. West Germany won it in 1990 beating Argentina, Germany, unified lost in the final in 2002 to Brazil. Germany, West and as a unified Germany have won the World Cup 4 times now 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014. They deserved this 100%
Many teams had better players, Portugal with Ronaldo, Argentina with Messi, Holland with Robben, Brazil with Naymar. Germany don’t have that ‘Prize Player’ They have a team of brilliant team players, my time in football taught me team spirit gets you further than relying on 1 or 2 players. This Germany team’s average age is 24! The youngest average aged team to win the World Cup.
Winner: Mario Gotze scores the World Cup winner.
The German squad gather in a huddle at the front of the stage as Philipp Lahm waits to receive the famous trophy.
This has been the best World Cup I have seen in my 40 years on this Earth. A European team winning the World Cup in the Americas for the first time ever. Germany’s organisation and tactics were just brilliant. To the untrained eye you won’t see it, me a coach 15 years winning 19 trophies I can see the tactics and the way the teams are set-up. Germany were just superb all the way through. The team that win’s any final of any tournament deserves it.
Well back to Glasgow Celtic for me, we start on Tuesday for real. Can’t wait
Again, well done Germany, unlucky Argentina, Holland and Brazil were awful!
What a goal by this kid on the biggest sporting stage on the planet
More than 250,000 German fans are estimated to have watched their country’s win at Berlin’s famous Brandenburg Gate
Germany’s Mario Gotze became the first substitute to score the winner in a World Cup final
Bastian Schweinsteiger shows what it means
Football is the World’s number 1 sport, it brings people together
Fifa president Sepp Blatter is flanked in the Maracana stands by Russia President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Brazil’s three-time World Cup winner Pele is always a target for the cameras – as are compatriot Kaka and ex-England skipper David Beckham.