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The 2014 winners

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I RECEIVED this "condolence" message from colleague Dawn after the 2014 FIFA World Cup final yesterday.

"It was a good game, no doubt, they all played their hearts out! Don't go throwing yourself off a building or anything eh? LOL.

"I know it was made even more bitter when Messi missed the free goal (should be free kick), but let us be happy for the winners!"

It's amazing for someone like Dawn who hardly follows football to watch an entire match and even more amazing for her to string an "analysis" of the game.

That's the impact of this World Cup. It's so good to easily forget.

There are many out there who just knew Neymar and the other hotshots prior to the tournament but now know why they call it a beautiful game.

This has been a World Cup full of surprises. For a tournament that presented the world a month of brilliant games, heroic performances and moments we will never forget, Germany versus Argentina was a fitting finale.

Germany deserved the win more than any team. They were excellent from the start, probably only favourites that were known for its "team" more than the players.

They had the best 11 on the field and those who came in as replacements were equally good.

Super sub Mario Gotze's winner in the 113th minute was a masterpiece, an absolutely brilliant goal beautifully set up by another replacement Andre Schurrle.

It's hard to beat that. Even world's best footballer Lionel Messi tried but couldn't.

This has been truly a World Cup for the ages.

Bring on 2018, let's see what Russia has in store for us!

For those who missed this World Cup, though I feel hardly anyone would have, here are some of the best moments from UK tabloid The Independent.

Suarez bite

Why not start here? It can only go up from this embarrassing moment. He tried to deny it, but ultimately the video doesn't lie. Luis Suarez bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, earning him a 4-month ban from all competition.

It was memorable only in the sense that it rocked the soccer world (along with the internet), as it's inconceivable he would do this a third time in his career, after the first two caused such a splash.

Louis van Gaal calls Tim Krul for penalty shootout and he comes up big

Call it genius, call it lucky, or call it stupidity that came through, but Louis van Gaal produced a memorable moment when he switched goalkeepers just before the Netherlands penalty shootout against Costa Rica. The Netherlands had one more amazingly memorable moment in their semi-final run, but we'll get to that in a bit.

Miroslav Klose breaks the all-time World Cup scoring record

It was slightly (ok, heavily) overshadowed by the drubbing that Brazil took in the match, but it's hard to forget that Miroslav Klose passed Ronaldo as the all-time leading goalscorer in the World Cup.

The 36-year-old has had a stellar international career, scoring 71 goals for Die Mannschaft, but one of the biggest came with the game already at 1-0 against Brazil, the 16th in his World Cup career.

Germany annihilates Brazil 7-1

A game that reverberated around not only the soccer world but an entire nation, Brazil had hoped to win the World Cup on their home soil, but they were sent packing with a disastrous performance that crushed the entire country.

Germany, with four goals in a 27-minute span and five in the first half, torched the hosts and threw the country into sudden soccer turmoil. The effects of the match could be seen in the third-place game, when Brazil had absolutely nothing to give their fans against a dangerous Netherlands team who made it look all too easy.

James Rodriguez is amazing

The world fell in love with James Rodriguez in the 2014 World Cup, and for good reason. He ended up winning the Golden Boot, and because every moment was just as fun as the last, and for that, we're just going to lump them all into one.

The Colombian international scored six goals, including at least one in every single match he played in the tournament. He braved the host country and massive bugs, and passed every test he faced.

Other moments we can't forget: Tim Howard's record 16 saves, Miguel Herrera's sideline antics, German national team's pants ridiculousness during training and Spain's shocking exit.

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