By Angel L. Quiles Jr.
Germany’s soccer prowess was re-solidified last night when they became the first European country in history, to win a World Cup hosted by a country in the Americas. Germany’s Mario Gotze scored against a stout Argentinian defense in the 113th minute of extra-time. For the Argentines it was the first goal to reach the back of the net in 455 minutes in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Moreover, the only time they trailed in the tournament was during the seven minutes after Mario Gotze’s game winning goal. Argentinian superstar and Golden Ball (best player in tournament) winner Lionel Messi had a chance to put the game in the hands of his country. However, his only good attempt on goal whisked right past the goal post, and the German defense never let him sniff another good chance.
This was Germany’s first World Cup title under the reunification of the country, and their first title since 1990. It’s the fourth title for Germany drawing them even with the Italians, and leaving them one shy of the leaders Brazil.
Germany’s run started in the “group of death” where they were able to take care of business by crushing an injury plagued Portuguese squad, getting a tie against a strong and desperate Ghana team, and beating a U.S.A. team in a very methodical manner. In their first game of the knockout stage they needed extra time to beat Algeria 2-0. Next up in the quarterfinals was a strong French team. They were able to get a win 1-0 and showed the world how suffocating their defense can be. Then came the debacle, and the biggest story of the World Cup. The Germans against the host team and five-time world champions Brazil, managed to embarrass and destroy them 7-1. Shocking the host’s, and sending their fans into a river a tears.
Germany was the class team of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and richly deserved to win the tournament. They played against former champions France, Brazil and Argentina, and beat them all. They allowed only three goals all tournament while managing to score 18. German legend and goal scoring assassin Miroslav Klose was able to score his 16th all-time World Cup goal, and break the record for best scorer ever. Ironically he was substituted for in the 88th minute of the final game, and his replacement super Mario Gotze showed the world the profound talent of the Germans, by scoring the the game winner.
Congratulations to a sports machine who showed the entire world what can be done when every player is on the same page. Have fun rocking it out in Berlin.