Germany Proved in 2014 World Cup Final Why They are the Best
As all good things must surely end, the 2014 World Cup also came to a close yesterday. While it provided numerous memories and exciting, dramatic matches, Germany dispatched Argentina 1-0 on the final match, and earned their trophy declaring them to have the planet’s best soccer team. If you think closely about their team (and the way it’s been for nearly a decade), they do have the most talented squad around. Without a single weak spot, they were finally able to come together as a unit and claim their title. Here’s how they did it:
It starts at the back with the goalkeeper position and they have a great one in Manuel Neuer. He has everything you want in a keeper, highlighted by his ability to read situations and steal the ball like a sweeper defender. His confidence and strength in this area is brilliant at stopping counter attack opportunities, which is extremely important for his German side that usually plays with the ball in the opponent’s half.
In defense, they have world-class professionals in Mats Hummels and Philipp Lahm. They also have exceptional height with Per Mertesacker, who came on late in the final and made an immediate impact, heading a ball away from the danger area. Further up the field, Bastian Schweinsteiger is a tremendous force. While he was battered and bruised throughout the game (to the point where blood streamed down his face!), he was countlessly breaking up the Argentinean play and keeping Lionel Messi from creating too many chances.
But the real quality in the German team was with their advanced midfield players, an area of the squad where they are particularly young. Mario Gotze (the final’s goalscorer), Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, and Andre Schurrle all represent incredible players who will be around for years and are already among the world’s best. Each can create and score goals from any situation.
Additionally, the team held one of the cup’s greatest ever goal scorers, Miroslav Klose, who broke the all time goals scored at a World Cup record, surpassing Brazilian legend Ronaldo. Such a knowledgeable and proven veteran is key for any World Cup team, and his know-how certainly aided the cause, as did his goals.
Where as all the other 31 teams had at least one glaring deficiency in the team, Germany had none. They had a flawless squad and finally got the reward they so deserved.
But that is not enough for a World Cup winning side. In the end you need a bit of luck. In past tournaments Germany had fallen at later stages by general misfortune, but on this occasion the balls bounced their way. Messi simply wasn’t able to create a piece of magic, and it would be Germany lifting the cup. Looking ahead, this team has the chance to become the next soccer dynasty like Spain with so many talented and young star players. But that is a question for tomorrow. Right now the Germans can celebrate the achievement of a lifetime in winning their 4th ever World Cup trophy!