Germany's World Cup final victory vs. Argentina capped a memorable World Cup that helped provide both a boost and a level to aspire to for American soccer.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The Albiceleste coach spoke of his pride in the Argentina players but refused to be drawn on his future following the defeat to Germany in Sunday's World Cup final at the Maracana
Germany won its fourth World Cup as Mario Gotze's strike in extra time sealed a 1-0 win over Argentina in the final at the Maracana on Sunday.
The Barcelona forward was brilliant against the lesser lights in this World Cup, but failed to inspire his side to victory like Maradona did when it mattered most.
The Barcelona star was distraught after Argentina lost the World Cup final to Germany in Rio and says the horror of losing the game will haunt the players forever
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The Barcelona ace finished on the losing side in Sunday's tournament decider in Rio de Janeiro but was nonetheless recognized for his individual excellence in Brazil.
The trophy couldn't find it's new owner during normal time, but a fantastic finish gave Germany the World Cup in the Maracana, as substitutes Schurrle and Gotze combined lethally.
The Monaco attacking midfielder scored six goals in Brazil, one more than Germany's Thomas Muller, who won the trophy in South Africa four years ago.
Mario Gotze's goal in the second half of extra time was enough to separate the two teams and give Joachim Low's men the world crown.
Neither player will start because of their respective thigh problems, meaning Ezequiel Lavezzi again gets the nod alongside Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain up front.
The Napoli boss believes Argentina boasts the tournament's most "explosive" forward line but says Germany has been the stronger side in Brazil.
Die Mannschaft enter the final on the back of a stunning 7-1 win over Brazil, but the Albiceleste legend says that "the favorite never wins."
The Argentina star has issued a rallying cry to his teammates, urging them to realize their dream of becoming world champions when they face Germany in Rio de Janeiro.
The Argentina goalkeeper barely featured on loan in France last season, but his two shootout saves Wednesday saw the Albiceleste reach their first final since 1990.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
The Albiceleste coach claimed his side will have to be at its very best to win Sunday's World Cup final and refused to reveal whether it will be his last game in charge.
The former England international acknowledged the strength of Germany's squad but believes the Argentina forward will be the only "star" on show at the Maracana
The Napoli forward insists that Alejandro Sabella's men are just as worthy of being in the biggest game in football as Brazil's conqueror.
The Barcelona ace is hoping that after successive quarterfinal eliminations at the hands of the Mannschaft, fate will finally smile on the Albiceleste
The two teams face each other in a World Cup final for the third time at the Maracana on Sunday, with the Barcelona star on the brink of joining the pantheon of all-time greats.