Die Mannschaft it is then!!

After coming on as a substitute for Klose in the dying minutes of the game (~ 87th minute), Mario Goetze controlled a swirling cross from Schurrle on his chest and tapped it with beautiful precision past Sergio Romero in the 113th minute to shut the door on Argentina, who till then, unlike Brazil, fought valiantly against the marauding Germans.

Goetze’s shot reminded one of Iniesta’s goal that sealed victory for the Spaniards against the Dutch 4 years ago at Johannesburg. It won Germany their 4th world cup. This one came after a gap of 24 years. Although they came close last 3 times, closest being in 2002 when a rampaging Brazilian side (which had all the famous R’s) won the title in Korea-Japan. 

The bench strength of Germany is a tribute to the system put in place by the DFB in Germany. The players, most of them, enrol as young kids in the footballing academies and come through the competitive and gruelling system. The team spirit as described by their coach Loew was exceptional. 

James Rodriguez and Manuel Nuer’s Golden Boot and Golden gloves awards were deserving as both were simply outstanding. What was odd though was the Golden Ball given to Lionel Messi. He himself seemed surprised at the announcement and was reluctant to accept it. Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben certainly seemed more deserving. SMH has this . Maradona and Blatter openly expressed surprise at the decision. 

BBC has this on the German victory. In the end it seemed logical and almost inevitable that Germany win the cup. 

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