FIFA WORLDCUP 2014

In the other Semi-final, the Netherlands will beat Uruguay in a bruising contest. The cruelty shown by the Dutch team in the final should have resulted in two red cards.

It looked morally deserved when Andrés Iniesta scored the game’s only goal in extra time for Spain. Spain, the eventual European champions, went on to win the World Cup the following year, a feat only West Germany had previously accomplished.

Background

Protests and delays in the design and rebuilding of stadiums followed the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

The massive amounts spent on building and rebuilding football stadiums for the game sparked the riots, which turned into wild street demonstrations. The cost of restoring the Maracana Stadium has been estimated at €335 million. Additional conditions fueled the debate, such as construction workers dying in crashes and people being forced to abandon their homes near the stadium and other World Cup-related structures.

The claims that police death patrols were used prior to the tournament to clean the streets of poor people and other unwanted factors were the most shocking of all.

Format

The previous tournament’s format was used for this one. In other words, a first round of a group stage composed of eight four-team groups will advance to a knockout round in the second round.

Cities and arenas

The previous tournament’s format was used for this one. In other words, a first round of a group stage composed of eight four-team groups will advance to a knockout round in the second round.

Tournament

Brazil, as the host country, had high expectations of winning another title, and they were considered a favourite because South American teams are historically successful when competing on their own continent – no European team had ever won a World Cup held on the American continent. Brazil performed admirably, with Neymar in particular dazzling and threatening for the opposing teams. However, Neymar was injured in the quarter-final against Colombia after a brutal tackling. This was most likely the main cause for the home team’s crushing 1-7 loss to Germany in the following match.

In the final, Germany, who seemed unbreakable, pressured Argentina to play defensively. Argentina was well-organized, but Mario Götze’s goal in the second half of extra time gave Germany a 1-0 advantage that proved decisive.

Results

After extra time, Germany will defeat Argentina 1-0 in the final.

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