Germany

Monday 14 July 2014

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The midfielder says Germany have taken a step up after missing out at the semi-final stage in the last two tournaments, but claims he knew they would come good

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The Germany coach hailed his side's World Cup triumph as the culmination of 10 years' work after they beat Argentina 1-0 in Sunday's final at the Maracana

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The 27-year-old was frustrated by his side's inability to finish their chances, while also pointing to the fact they had a day less to recover for the final

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The Germany goalkeeper was awarded the Golden Glove for his displays in the World Cup and the former USA shot stopper believes he's the best in the world in his position

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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

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The experienced defender was delighted to lift the World Cup after beating Argentina and hailed his side's collective strength

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COMMENT: The Germany boss has been heavily criticised over the last two years but every decision he has made during the World Cup has been vindicated

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The 59-year-old was pleased with his side's performances at the World Cup irrespective of Sunday's loss and felt things could easily have gone their way

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COMMENT: Germany won their 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

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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

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The Bayern Munich star has been voted the best goalkeeper at this summer's World Cup, beating off competition from Keylor Navas and Sergio Romero

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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 recognised for his individual excellence in Brazil

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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

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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

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The Bayern Munich star'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

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The 23-year-old was thrust into the limelight after being handed a shock start in the World Cup final following an injury to Sami Khedira

Sunday 13 July 2014

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Neither player will start because of their respective thigh problems, meaning Ezequiel Lavezzi will once again start alongside Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain up front