Discussion in 'Sports and Fitness' started by Jax, May 8, 2014.
Great game by Germany and Argentina, but finally the 4th star for Germany! *wohoo*
(I fucking called it.)
It's pretty much impossible to say anything other than the best two teams contested the final, that the better team throughout the tournament won, and won via one of the half-dozen or so best goals of the event. Congrats to Germany. It was a much more enjoyable game than it could have been, and both sides deserve credit for that.
As much as I enjoy Messi's work as a footballer, how on earth he was named player of the tournament is beyond me. It's unfortunate that he now gets another several years of negative and odious comparisons to the deified cheat, but he really looked like he had nothing left. There's only so much one bloke can do.
Crap, now it's four years until the next one. Russia has a lot to live up to after this event.
Was so glad when Germany scored (I didn't want it dragging on any more!) was increasingly worried that Argentina would sneak a goal (and they had their chances).
Better team won, but it really would be great to see England at least get to a final in my lifetime (I'm giving them thirty seven years or so, not asking for instant results or anything...)
"An Tagen wie diesen..." here at the BBS (still don't understand what I possibly posted in this thread that earned me the wrath of some individuals in other BBS threads where I'd never seen you post before) I felt like Bastian Schweinsteiger - and it feels great!!!
Fantastic and beautiful goal by Mario Götze (one of the best I've ever seen), 4th star for Germany (Yeah!) and tomorrow a big welcome party aboard the USS Berlin for the German team.
SPCTRE, I'm just wondering why you haven't added the fourth star in your avatar, yet. Don't tell me you didn't see that coming ...
Same here. As much as I love the drama surrounding penalty shootouts, a WC Final getting decided that way just feels wrong.
I mean Germany most likely would have won (because we always do), but I would not have been able to enjoy our victory as much as I did.
I don't know, Romero seems like a v good goalkepper (but then so does Neuer!)
Messi being named player of the tournament was a gesture of good will and felt a bit like LotR: Return of the King's best Film Oscar.
They honored his general capabilities as a player, not necessarily just for this World Cup event.
At least, that's my interpretation.
Though he looked like he had to do the walk of shame twice because of that.
Very much so.
He got 4 Ballons d'Or for that already. That was a bad decision.
I can't believe it finally happened. During the game I had a rather bad feeling and thought that Argentina would win. It was very unfortunate that Khedira injured himself during warm-up and that Kramer had to leave injured so early. Indeed, the Argentines had at least 2 must-score opportunities but we were lucky.
Just when I had resigned myself to a penalty shoot-out, Götze scored. That was such a relief not only because my nerves wouldn't have survived a penalty shoot-out. Where I watched we cheered so loudly from then on through the end of the game that we didn't hear the commentary anymore. (Thankfully, as Bartels apparently talked himself into a nonsensical pathos-laden delirium.)
I'm especially glad for Löw who I've always liked since his days at VfB Stuttgart and who had to contend with a lot of (partially unwarranted) harsh criticism for never winning any title. Finally, his view on the way the team should play has been vindicated.
And let's leave it all in whichever other threads of which you speak and just worry about the football in this one, OK?
So you can actually check where the World Champions currently are.
Flight LH2014 (World Champions onboard).
That's pretty cool.
What's funny is that that flighthttp://http://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/lh2014/ number is usually associated with a daily Munich-Dusseldorf flight operated by an Airbus.
LH did this for the trip down as well, using this flight number.
Pretty much how i saw the game with friends. Everybody on edge and very nervous as soon as the Argentinians passed the middle line and slightly panicked as soon as Messi had the ball (damn.. that little fella is FAST!). Argentina had some 100% chances to score (one by a monumental mistake by Kroos who's regarded as one of the best players in the german team and some put him on track as one of the best players of the world) but Germany also had its own chances to lock down the game.
As everybody said these were two teams on the same level and neither gave up but i still say Germany was the more well rounded team without depending extremely on one player which i always say is the better way to build a team.
I've rarely shouted and yelled this much and my throat was sore for the next few hours but that goal by Götze was jus so much relief, the few remaining minutes were still so nerve wrecking.
I'm just so happy for the german team.. they had rebuilt the team from the ground up since the early 00s where it was just crap and went through many failures and disappointments over the last 10-12 years (chief among them the World Cup in Germany.. they had the talent but lacked experience and confidence) but each time they have learned from the mistakes and improved so this win is the final result of dedicated work on all levels - the german football association, the german league teams and especially the professional organization for the young talents where people like Müller and Kroos were spotted and received special attention.
As anyone can see this pays off in the end and barring a few tense games like Algeria and Ghana the german team played the best games and won deservedly (and i say this not because i live in Germany).
Special mention to Schweinsteiger who has impressed me in a massive way. He was attacked many times and some of these fouls were very nasty but he kept going even when he got a fist to the face and a resulting cut under the eye and he still returned to the game to lead his team. If that is not the most absolute badass moment of the game i don't know what is.
Also i'd like to mention Sami Khedira who had the courage and the strength to drop out before the game when he had problems with his lower leg and had to be replaced. That also took balls to curb your ego and sit down for the benefit of the team. In this vein i was also impressed by his replacement - Krämer, who played his first game for the german national team and it's the final game of the World Cup but he didn't fold under the pressure and played a very good game until he took an argentinian shoulder full on to the face yet still managed to play on for 10 more minutes before he had to be switched out.. poor guy looked horrible when he left the field (some say he's got a concussion but he seemed fine enough after the game).
The beauty of the german team right now is that they have such a large pool of very talented players to choose from who are still very young but already top players like Reus who was injured in the last game before the World Cup or Gündogan who had some long term medical issues. Most other teams would have sharply dropped in quality if they had to replace a key player moments before the game and then have to replace his replacement after a mere 25 minutes into the game but Germany did it. Props also for Löw for thinking on his feet and re-arranging the team on the spot to compensate.
Congratulations to the team, party hard and see you in 2 years in France!
That had to be one of the hardest decisions of his life. Of course, people who have been following his career already knew he was a team player, but this? This makes him a true champion.
Colombian lawyer says he’s suing FIFA for $1.3 billion for bad refereeing
What's he smoking?
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