Fifa World Cup: Winners And LosersBy: Toni Matthews-El - July 13, 2014
Well, that’s all she wrote for the 2014 World Cup. It has been a crazy one, hasn’t it? I don’t think it played out one bit like ANYONE predicted.
Did you predict an Argentina vs Germany final?
Did you predict Brazil’s humiliating crash and burn?
Did you predict Luis Suarez taking a bite out of someone?
Well…maybe we should have seen that last one coming. After all, Suarez is a repeat offender. But the Uruguayan troublemaker aside, this has been one heck of a roller coaster ride.
The winners and losers aren’t just decided by who makes it to the final and wins it all. In a way, more than a few people will walk away “winners” and “losers”.
Germany becomes 3rd country to win 4 World Cups (Brazil 5, Italy 4). The fans in Brazil were pretty excited. pic.twitter.com/yTMPowbY0l
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 13, 2014
By defeating Argentina in extra time in the World Cup final, they have the distinction of being the first and only European nation to win on American soil.
They were denied by Spain four years ago, a team that went on to defeat the Netherlands in the 2010 World Cup final. The Germans had to wait four years for vindication and sweet success.
Brazil lost consecutive home games for the first time since 1940 by a score of 10-1 pic.twitter.com/IR2NZCJPER
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) July 12, 2014
This is Brazil’s second World Cup; the South American nation hosted the event back in 1950. That year, they had to stand aside and watch Uruguay collect the big prize.
Sixty-four years later it seemed the nation was destined to rise to the summit and correct the mistakes of the past. Instead the Brazil national team broke the record for most goals allowed during a World Cup. Yikes.
Winner: James Rodriguez
Forget about Messi, the player of the moment is this dancing, adorable Colombian sensation. He’s not egotistical and he’s inarguably talented. What’s not to love?
As buzz grows for the young athlete, it’s likely a move to a big football club just might be in the cards.
Loser: Luis Suarez (?)
Hmm, did he? Did he really?
On the surface, being booted from the World Cup and all football-related activities may seem like losing. However Suarez garnered international attention, spawned a massive meme and wound up sold to FC Barcelona, one of the top football clubs in the world.
AND he remains Uruguay’s favorite son.
Hard to call that losing.
Who Are The Winners And Losers Of This World Cup In YOUR Opinion? Comment Below!
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