Over 32 days there were 64 matches and 171 goals. That’s how you sum up the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but the reality is there was so much more to a tournament whose preparations were hurried and overshadowed by off-the-field concerns. In the end, we saw arguably one of the most memorable competitions of the modern era with an abundance of shocks, goals and controversies along the way.
Here is a comprehensive and sometimes sideways look back at 25 of the most memorable, and sometimes shocking, moments of the tournament and in this first part we look back at the opening night, some Russian goalkeeping and one of the goals of the tournament – if the final whistle hadn’t already blown.
Going into the World Cup semifinal match against Germany, it was expected that Brazil would face some difficulty – especially with both Neymar and Silva out, due to injury and suspension respectively.
Nobody was expecting what actually happened.
With 5 goals in the first 29 minutes, Germany absolutely dominated the semifinal match. Fans across the globe began to tweet about it, naturally – with a score like that before halftime, how could you not? A staggering 35.6 million tweets were sent about the game, making the 92-minute match between Brazil and Germany the most-tweeted single sports gameever. Well, at least on Twitter.
The world of football has been thrilled with brilliant play at the 2014 FIFA in Brazil. One player that I have enjoyed watching is Colombian wonder kid – James Rodriguez. In a competition dominated by the likes of Neymar and Van Persie – it was great to see such a young talent step up and carry his team on his back. Football fans will be entertained by this 22-year-old youngster for years to come. His skill level will mature in the next 2-3 years and we will see Rodriguez mature into one of the top footballers in the world. It is only a matter of time before MCFC or CFC reach into their pockets and pay the transfer fee needed to bring this hotshot to an English side. The kind of talent possessed by Rodriguez will grace highlight reels on a weekly basis once he hits English soil. If you would like to blog for us – please email us @ [email protected] or reach out to us on Twitter @ Getrealpremierc.