WORLD CUP 2014: LAND OF SAMBA ROLLED BY GERMAN TANK

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By Jason Sulligoi – Chief Sports Writer

 

 

There is nothing quite like the sight of Brazil in full flight, with their adoring fans partying in the stands. Sadly for them, the soccer Samba party was cut short by a ruthless German team that shocked the world with a 7-1 annihilation of the host nation, leaving a trail of Brazilian tears and broken hearts. Germany went on to defeat Argentina in the Final, 1-0 in the second period of extra time.

 

The German team were dubbed machine-like due to their military precision and discipline, with wave after wave of well-orchestrated attacks. Argentina on the other hand was dubbed naturally artistic, albeit with a heavy reliance on its superstar and eventual Golden Ball winner, Lionel Messi. Yet it was Germany that provided the artistic flair with a brilliant improvised run from Andre Schurrle and an equally brilliant cross to wonderboy Mario Gotze, who eased the ball down with his chest and noticing the Argentinian goalkeeper instinctively protecting the near post leaving a small gap on the far post, smashed a stunning left foot volley into the far net.

 

It was Germany that provided the artistic flair with a brilliant improvised run from Andre Schurrle and an equally brilliant cross to wonderboy Mario Gotze.”

 

Germany became the first European side to win the World Cup on South American soil and avoided what would’ve been a record five games decided by penalty shoot-out at a World Cup. They also saved Brazil the torment of fierce rival Argentina winning and getting bragging rights.

 

There were plenty of memorable moments – good and bad. There was the emergence of Colombia, which played with flair and dash, aided by Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez and followed by an army of partying fans in the stands. You couldn’t escape the name Neymar. The Brazilian star with boy band cute looks burst out of the blocks early and looked a constant threat before suffering a tournament ending injury (broken vertebrae) in the quarter finalagainst Colombia, which sparked scenes of panic as he lay in obvious agony.

 

There’s the whole Brazilian team, which loves to have cool one-name names such as Oscar, Marcelo, Hulk, Jo and – the party pooper being fuzzy haired David Luiz. Drop the David mate. Not cool. Italy got shown the door after the group stages – an insult of the highest order for the arrogant Italian fans that believe they have a god given right to win.

 

There’s the whole Brazilian team, which loves to have cool one-name names such as Oscar, Marcelo, Hulk, Jo and – the party pooper being fuzzy haired David Luiz. Drop the David mate. Not cool.”

 

There were some diving controversies with Netherlands striker Arjen Robben accused of taking two dives in a match against Mexico. One resulted in a penalty which sent Mexico out. There was the infamous Luis Suarez bite on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini, which resulted in Uruguay’s Suarez being suspended for four months.

 

There was the genius of Argentinian Lionel Messi. Some suggesting even the coach leaned on him for tactical advice. Then we had the sharply dressed German Coach Joachim Low prowling the sidelines…looking like an older man that hasn’t given nightclubs the arse yet. We got to see plenty of brilliant goals, with Australia’s Tim Cahill producing possibly the goal of the tournament. The stands were awash with vibrant colours, singing and partying.

 

The match of the tournament was Brazil v Chile, which went to a heart stopping penalty shoot-out. Finishing 1-1 after extra time, it was left to the goalkeepers to face the football equivalent of a firing squad. Brazil’s goalie, Julio Cesar (he’s allowed to have a full name) told Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari that he would save three shots. He saved two and it came down to the last shot from Chile’s Gonzalo Jara to determine the result. Jara had the weight of his nation on his shoulders. A goal meant extra penalties. A miss and Brazil win 3-2. Jara’s shot hit the upright and skittled across the face of goal, taking Chile’s luggage with it.

 

The 2014 World Cup was one to remember for everyone; that is except for the most football mad nation on earth, Brazil.

 

 

Jason Sulligoi is a multi-tasking chameleon; an experienced sports writer/ journalist, professional musician / composer, a respected drum teacher, and a mad Essendon supporter. 

 

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