The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil was certainly one to remember for a variety of reasons, those good and those bad. However, we will all recall the actions of one team, a team who were destined for pure greatness from the very start and it proved to be that way by the end of the tournament as Germany reigned supreme in a final that was watched and admired by millions of football fans around the world. I am now going to take you on Germany’s World Cup journey, from start to finish, taking you through the phases of how Germany’s tournament unfolded and how they would go on to winning the biggest prize in football. So sit back and brace yourselves for a beautiful tale.
The Germans started their World Cup journey with a tough encounter against European giants Portugal on June 16th and although they are best known for having Cristiano Ronaldo leading their line, Germany made easy work of their opposition by rustling up an emphatic 4-0 win with powerhouse Thomas Müller grabbing himself a hat-trick with defender Mats Hummels claiming the other goal. With the Germans going into their second group stage encounter against Ghana, they were still wounded after losing their very own Marco Reus who would miss the entire tournament due to injury. However, Germany fought on but were held to a 2-2 stalemate against Ghana in their second group stage match at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza. The Germans went ahead with an effort from Mario Gotze but headed for a scare as Andre Ayew and Asamoah Gyan hit the net for the opposition, but later on in the game, veteran forward Miroslav Klose claimed the fourth goal of the game which ended 2-2. Their final group game came against The United States, the only goal of the game came just after half time when forward Thomas Müller scored and tallied his four tournament total up to four goals which saw the Germans finish top of their group undefeated after sealing victory in Recife. It was just the beginning for them to be precise.
The team headed into the knockout stages with a far easier test than most, as they played Algeria in the Round of 16. In the 92nd minute, then Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle struck the first goal of the tie, before Arsenal’s midfield magician Mesut Ozil made it 2-0. However, in the dying embers of extra time, Algerian midfielder Abdelmoumene Djabou did get a consolation goal for the trailing side. The game finished 2-1 in Germany’s favour and Joachim Low’s side powered through to the quarter finals looking as confident as ever.
On July 4th, Germany came up against European rivals France at the Estadio de Maracana in Rio de Janeiro and again another tough tie for the Germans. Yet, in the 13th minute it was Mats Hummels who scored the first and most decisive goal of the tie which would prove to be also the last of the game as they finished one goal to the good in favour of the Germans. After two fairly unconvincing games for the Germans, ultimately they went into the Semi Final with arguably the biggest clash of the tournament so far; hosts Brazil. And the rest was history for the whole of footballing world to enjoy.
At the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, under the eyes of 58,000 present fans not forgetting the millions watching around the world, Germany made a complete mockery of the hosts Brazil by producing a magnificent performance to win by 7 (seven) goals to 1. Germany’s first from Thomas Müller came in the eleventh minute, Miroslav Klose added the second twelve minutes later before Toni Kroos followed up this with two goals in as many minutes. And after twenty-six minutes, Brazil were already four down before half time, Real Madrid powerhouse Sami Khedira then made it five just three minutes after Toni Kroos had already rubbed more salt into the wound. Germany’s next goals came sometime later on in the game as Andre Schurrle’s double in both the 69th and 79th minute capped a wonderful and historic team effort from Germany. Yet, it wasn’t all over though as Chelsea midfielder Oscar scored a consolation goal in the dying moments. But the main talking point was the manner in which Brazil collapsed and the power of Germany in such a collapse. The entire world sat in utter shock as Germany brushed past Brazil and strolled into the final with a clash that was set to be a big one – Germany vs Argentina.
July 13th 2014, Estadio de Maracana, Rio. The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final was to take place in front of a sold out crowd in a packed out stadium, with millions of fans sat behind TV screens watching the crucial fixture from their homes. Fans of each respective nation gathered in designated areas in their capital cities and the world stopped and watched two giants battle it out. And after ninety minutes soon passed with the game going into extra time, Germany called for Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Mario Gotze to come to the rescue. With seven minutes left on the clock in the second half of extra-time, the former Borussia Dortmund hotshot scored a spectacular goal to end Argentina’s hopes of winning the biggest competition in the world and thus, Germany were World Champions.
A brilliant effort, not just from the players, but also head coach Joachim Löw who lead the European giants through every battle in Brazil and made Germany much deserved world champions once again. The stars of Germany – Thomas Müller, Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, and every other active member of that squad played their part in every fixture, right from the opening game to the final, it was Germany who would end up winning the coveted trophy in front of the entirety of World football.
And even since winning the World Cup, Germany have maintained great form by losing only one of their four qualifying matches for the 2016 European Championships in France. Is this another step for Germany to go on and win Euro 2016? Or will they be stopped in their tracks? We’ll have to wait and see as all will unravel throughout the next year as France’s take turn to host the competition.
With one eye on the future, considering the number of German youngsters such as Julian Draxler, Max Meyer and Kevin Volland all stepping up to the plate for their clubs and Germany themselves, it is clear to see that the world champions are heading into the competition and many years to come with a huge amount of talent that surely has the capability to go on to great things. All in all, with the next World Cup being hosted in Russia just three years from now in 2018, can the world’s best team retain their crown? Or will it be another twist in the tale for us to witness. It is football isn’t it, anything can happen?
Article written by: @KailemSims3