We have seen some great talent in Brazil, some of the world’s best showing us what they can do as well as the emergence of new young talent. Who was the best of the best? Check out my best XI of the 2014 World Cup.
Mario Gotze was the hero as Germany lifted the World Cup for a fourth time, after a 1-0 extra time victory over Argentina at the Maracana.
We started off with 32 teams and now we are down to two. Only one nation will leave the Maracana as world champions but will Germany walk away with their fourth World Cup or will Argentina reign over the world for the first time in 28 years?
The Netherlands take home the bronze medal after a 3-0 win over Brazil in the 3rd place play-off, while the hosts were booed off by the disappointed home nation.
It’s not the ideal situation for Brazil and The Netherlands but one of these nation’s will be crowned the world’s third best team. Will Louis Van Gaal sign off with a win or will Brazil bounce back from their German humiliation?
Germany and Argentina will contest the 2014 World Cup final, after Argentina dumped out The Netherlands on penalties while Germany broke records as they annihilated Brazil.
Tonight we see a repeat of the 1978 World Cup final, which was Argentina’s only ever win over The Netherlands. Can Messi and co. make it a second and reach their first final in 24 years or will Louis Van Gaal lead the Europeans to back-to-back finals?
It’s a repeat of the 2002 final when Brazil take on Germany, but the hosts will have to try to reach an eighth World Cup final without two of their star players.
We now know are four World Cup semi-finalists but they all pushed to the limit in their quarter-finals, where featured sold defensive displays, fouls, fouls and more fouls, and a strange tactical gamble which ultimately paid off.
We have one semi-final complete and on Day 20, we will find out the next two semi-finalists. Argentina look to book their place with a win over Belgium, while The Netherlands are favourites heading into their match with surprise package Costa Rica.