FIFA assigns no significant monetary value to its World Cup Trophy.
However, Germany just discovered how the incredibly precious it is.
Substitute Mario Gotze scored on a brilliant finish in the 113th minute of extra time and helped Germany win its fourth World Cup title. Continue reading
The spectacular Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janiero’s stunning beaches welcomes all visitors to Brazil.
In yesterday’s World Cup semi final contest, Germany took the statue’s metaphoric greeting quite literally.
A powerful, organized and talented German side immediately made itself at home on the favored host nation’s home pitch in Belo Horizonte and thoroughly dominated the match. Continue reading
In yesterday’s penalty kick shootout victory over Costa Rica, Netherlands star striker Robin Van Persie was held in check and failed to find the back of the net in 120 minutes of action.
Ironically, so were other celebrated scorers from the three other high powered teams whose recent victories enabled their countries to also advance to the 2014 World Cup Semi-finals.
Neither Thomas Muller of Germany, Lionel Messi of Argentina nor Neymar of Brazil were able to score in their sides’ respective wins. Like Van Persie, Muller, Messi and Neymar were heavily marked during their entire matches. Continue reading
Battered, bruised and bereft of energy, a hard scrapple Team USA survived the heat, humidity and heavyweight hitters in the highly competitive Group G , otherwise known as the Group of Death, in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
The Americans earned the opportunity to advance into the single elimination round of 16 against a very formidable Belgium side, winners of Group H. Continue reading
From his sweeper back position, this Kaiser ruled over the soccer pitch much like a monarch rules over his kingdom from his throne.
Franz Beckenbauer’s incredible strength and superb defensive skill on the football field dominated his opponents.
Whether in the German Bundesliga or on the international stage, Beckenbauer starred for his club team as well as his country’s national team.
Surprisingly, the Kaiser has been featured in the news of late, but not for his brilliant soccer exploits.
The Kaiser’s current media coverage stems from purportedly failing to cooperate in the FIFA 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid corruption investigation which earned him a 90 day suspension. Continue reading