After their dramatic victory over Argentina brought Germany their
fourth World Cup win, Joachim Löw and his national team’s joy knew no
bounds. DFB.de recorded the mood after Die Mannschaft’s triumph in Rio de Janeiro.
Manuel Neuer has been named best goalkeeper at the World Cup in
Brazil. The 28-year-old beat off rivals Sergio Romero of Argentina and
Costa Rica number one Keylor Navas for the prestigious individual award.
Germany predecessors Oliver Kahn and Jens Lehmann had previously hailed Neuer as the best goalkeeper at the global showdown in Brazil, and that opinion was confirmed after Sunday's final in Rio de Janeiro. World football's governing body FIFA awarded the Bayern Munich keeper the adidas Golden Glove, effectively proclaiming him the best goalkeeper in world football.
"Manuel Neuer can become the best German goalkeeper of all time," Lehmann declared in the build-up to the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. The former Arsenal keeper even believes the Bayern man has yet to peak: "That's what's so fantastic about Manuel: his best years are still to come."
Oliver ‘Titan’ Kahn, the last German keeper to appear in a World Cup final, the 2–0 defeat to Brazil in 2002, agreed with his former rival: "Manuel is the best keeper in the world at the moment." Neuer had proved that six times in the matches running up to the final, ZDF co-commentator Kahn emphasised: "Everyone knows he's a wonderfully skilled player who can hold his own outfield. But the decisive factor is that he's there in the critical situations and salvages victory for his team."
Mario Götze scored a superb extra-time winner as Germany beat
Argentina 1-0 to become the first European team to win a World Cup held
in South America on Sunday. Bayern Munich star Götze struck in the 113th
minute to finally break Argentina's resistance as Lionel Messi's dream
of emulating Diego Maradona ended in defeat.
The decisive moment of a World Cup brimming with wonderful goals came with penalties looming in front of 74,738 fans at Rio de Janeiro's famous Maracana Stadium. Andre Schürrle burst clear down the left flank and crossed for Götze.
The 22-year-old took the ball on his chest and then volleyed past Sergio Romero to spark delirium amongst the largely pro-German crowd. Argentina and Messi were left squandering a handful of gilt-edged chances, including one that fell to Messi in the second half.
Messi was largely anonymous for most of the evening and his miserable evening was summed up when a late free-kick to equalise sailed over the bar. An absorbing first half saw Germany forced into a reshuffle moments before kick-off with inexperienced Christoph Kramer replacing Sami Khedira after the Real Madrid star injured a calf in the warm up.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger running midfield the Germans laid siege to Argentinian territory, passing smoothly and denying Messi a route into the game. Yet for all Germany's early dominance they created little in the way of clear chances.
Brazil's World Cup dream was smashed into oblivion as majestic
Germany ran riot to win an extraordinary semi-final 7-1 and send the
South American hosts crashing to their worst ever defeat in their
100-year footballing history.
Sixty-four years after Brazil was plunged into national mourning after their loss in the 1950 final, the hosts were torn apart in a defeat likely to be every bit as traumatic as the fabled "Maracanazo."
Germany advanced to Sunday's final in the Maracana after a brilliant first-half blitz which included a burst of four goals in six devastating minutes. Thomas Müller opened the scoring on 11 minutes, punishing poor Brazilian marking at a corner to make it 1-0.
Brazil, badly missing suspended captain Thiago Silva, tried to regroup but there was no respite. Miroslav Klose's cool finish on 23 minutes -- which made him the World Cup's all-time top-scorer with 16 goals -- was the cue for the floodgates to open.
Mats Hummels headed the winner as Germany beat old rivals France 1-0
to advance to the World Cup semi-finals for a record fourth straight
time on Friday. Borussia Dortmund defender Hummels rose to head home
Toni Kroos's free-kick on 13 minutes to settle a cagey encounter at Rio
de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium.
Extra-time goals by substitute Andre Schuerrle and Mesut Ozil sealed
Germany's 2-1 win over Algeria in Monday's last 16 clash and put the
three-time winners into the World Cup quarter-finals. The victory at
Porto Alegre's Beira-Rio Stadium was Germany's first over Algeria at the
third attempt, but this was a far from impressive display by the
Germans over 120 minutes.
Thomas Müller fired an unstoppable 20 metre shot to give Germany a
1-0 victory over the United States on Thursday and top spot in World Cup
The United States, coached by former German boss Jurgen Klinsmann, also went through to the last 16 despite the 1-0 defeat in rain-sodden Recife.