Monday, July 14, 2014

FIFA World Cup - Germany Reigns

After a tight 113 minutes during which Germany had most possession and seemed most likely to break the Argentinian defence, a beautifully controlled goal by substitute Goetze pushed the deserving Germans ahead for the lone one goal margin they needed. There was no shame in the way Argentina fought and defended throughout the game and even the one goal they let past them was so sublime that there was not much they could do.

Messi and his team stood disconsolate and in shock but it is a young team and they have done well. Most importantly they have lost to a better team and have gone out with their heads held high. It was a nice moment to see Philip Lahm lift the World Cup.

And so ends a month of late nights, groggy mornings. My love affair with the soccer World Cup that started in 1986 continues. As always a feeling of the party having come to an end washes over. Its time to pick up the pieces and get back to life again. Thanks Brazil, for the wonderful cup and spectators, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands and others for some fine soccer. Whatever it was, this was not a boring World Cup.

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