So after 31 days, 64 matches, goals, shocks, tears, tantrums and even a bite its Germany who win the best World Cup in my lifetime – they have certainly got their mojo back – www.biggishmouthblog.com/biggishmouth-world-cup-germans-lost-killer-instinct-mojo . The best team won the tournament, though if I was an Argentina supporter I would be absolutely gutted as despite limping to the final, more via stealth than quality, they had the best chances in the final, were the better team in the final, but they could not do the most important thing and score a goal, they did not even get a shot on target. This is what I tweeted after the German goal ‘#arg only have themselves to blame – that is how to finish #ger’ and ‘the difference between winning and losing especially between two well matched teams #MI #NUTE #GER’ for me that sums things up – apart from Brazil (who were shown up as the ‘skank semi finalist’) – the Germans showed weakness in the knockout stages. Algeria and Argentina were not clinical enough and the French did not believe in themselves, which when you are playing against the now four times champions, and their strong will, usually means you end up on the wrong end of the result. DEUTSCHLAND UBER ALLES!!!!!!!
So onto Russia in 2018, Europe are now 11 World Cups to South America’s 9, and you would imagine the challenge on the European continent will be even stronger with upcoming teams as Belgium and France let alone Germany thinking that they will have a great chance in conditions that may well suit them better, than in Brazil. That’s not even mentioning the hosts, who will be expected to challenge and progress well into the tournament, and lets not forget four times World Cup winners, Italy, Holland who overachieved in Brazil , the Spanish will come again, and even England (well you never know ;D). South America’s challenge will come from the usual suspects Argentina and Brazil, but watch out for Chile and especially Colombia who both were victims of the hosts and lets just say some generous officiating and could easily have surprised if they had had a level playing field. Outside of the main two continents, the CONCACAF teams of Costa Rica, Mexico and USA come out of the tournament with their reputations enhanced but will they be able to perform like that four years on. From Africa, Algeria were a breath of fresh air, but you cannot see them being able to play at that level again and maybe their chance to progress was lost when they were the better team against Germany before the extra time period. It will be interesting to find out come 2018 – but with all the teams I have mentioned, they need to qualify first – even the holders – only Russia have their passport stamped as we stand.
So we leave a fantastic tournament behind (though I still have issues in regards to how FIFA run things and the officiating which lets just say was not the greatest and far too lenient at times especially for the hosts) but on the whole we had a great footballing bonanza in Brazil and I will have fond memories of the tournament. Below is my squad of the tournament. I hope you have enjoyed my blog throughout the tournament – I will be having a short break before I return with more musings from the BIGGISHMOUTH – keep reading peeps and let me know your thoughts 🙂
My Squad of the 2014 World Cup (please note – NO BRAZILIANS and not even got the bloke who won the World Cup for Germany in there – lots of choice – just did not make the cut)
Goalkeeper – Keylor Navas, Manuel Neuer, Guillermo Ochoa
Defenders – Pablo Armero, Oscar Duarte, Ezequiel Garay, Mats Hummels, Fabian Johnson, Philipp Lahm, Michael Umana, Ron Vlaar, Mario Yepes
Midfielders – Juan Cuadrado, Toni Kroos, Dirk Kuyt, Javier Mascherano, Blaise Matuidi, Paul Pogba, James Rodriguez (my player of the tournament)
Forwards – Lionel Messi, Thomas Muller, Arjen Robben, Alexis Sanchez
What do you reckon – I’m sure there will be other names you would maybes put in but its all about opinions I suppose.
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