Germany vs Argentina: The Review of the Finals

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The atmosphere was euphoric and the noise was deafening as Argentina took on Germany, in order to be crowned World Champions. Germany started with young Kramer while Di Maria and Aguero started from the bench. The stadium that was being overlooked by Christ the Redeemer was covered in the Albiceleste’s white & blue stripes and Germany’s white and red. It was set to be a cracking game and we were in for a treat.

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Argentina vs Germany : The Preview of The Finals

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Muller vs Messi

THE GRAND FINALE.

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The World Cup So Far…

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Heroes, villains, upsets, heartbreaks, glories, controversies… Brazil 2014 has seen it all. We look back at the past month of footballing action, and more.

It started with Pitbull, but got better. It had been snowballing into one ‘big fiasco’ and the critics had sharpened their blades as the days grew near, but the moment Neymar pushed the ball forward to get the tournament underway the cynics were forced into retreating. Their swords were returned to the scabbards and nothing but football made headlines. Continue reading

Brazil vs Netherlands

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A game nobody wanted to play. The 3rd-4th playoff.

Brazil have faced Netherlands 11 times, with 5 draws and 3 win apiece.

Louis van Gaal said this game has nothing to do with sports and he has been campaigning against it for a while now. That being said, it is a football game and he will try his best to win it.

Luis Felipe Scolari on the other hand, was trying to recover from the demolition and would try to give his nation something to cheer. Continue reading

Semi-final Wrap-Up

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Results

Brazil 1 – 7 Germany

Netherlands 0 – 0 Argentina (2-4 Pens)

Star Performers: Javier Mascherano, Sergio Romero, Ron Vlaar, Oscar, Toni Kroos. and Manuel Neuer.

Flops: Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben, Fred, Fernandinho, Maicon and Bruno Martins Indi. Continue reading

Netherlands vs Argentina: Our Match Review

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The second semi final was thought to be one of the most evenly matched tie seen in the World Cup since a long time. Louis van Gaal’s overachieving Netherlands versus Alejandro Sabella’s gritty and superb Argentina. After Germany humiliated Brazil, this match had a lot of expectations. Netherlands welcomed back Nigel De Jong, whose return couldn’t have been timelier. They also continued with Janmaat on the bench and Mr. Versatile Dirk Kuyt started at right wing back. Argentina continued with with their firing front line and welcomed Enzo Perez to the side. This match would be won in midfield and the tactical nous of both managers would be instrumental. Who would join the Germans at the Maracana?

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Netherlands vs Argentina

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The Netherlands have played 8 matches against Argentina in total. The Dutch won 4 times and scored 13 goals. Argentina scored 6 and won just 1 match, although this was a important one: the final of the World Cup in 1978. A Messi inspired Argentina have won every game and have shut critics with their results. Although they have been far from convincing, they deserve to be here in the Last 4. The Albiceleste saw of Belgium in the Quarter Finals and will welcome back Sergio Aguero for this crucial game. The Netherlands have been the surprise packages, with not many expecting the Oranje to make it so far. They have been convincing in their displays, with the only falter being versus Costa Rica, when they couldn’t open up a very strict defence and had to win it with penalties, which they did, emphatically. They will welcome back defensive midfielder Nigel De Jong and will be relying on Arjen Robben to fire them to their second final in a row. Robin van Persie is a doubt for the Dutch, while Angel Di Maria is set to miss out too. This battle will need to live up to the hype and will the teams will look to emulate Germany who ruthlessly wrecked Brazil at Belo Horizonte.

Aaron Johnson’s views:

Prediction: Argentina 1 – 3 Netherlands

Argentina’s Man To Watch Out For: Rejuvenated striker, Gonzalo Higuain

Netherland’s Man To Watch Out For: Dutch Speedster, Arjen Robben

Argentina’s Weak Link: Absence of Di Maria piles the pressure on Messi even more

Netherland’s Weak Link: Lack of a world class defender to deal with the likes of Messi and Higuain

Dr. Joe N.H.’s views:

Prediction: Argentina 3 – 1 Netherlands

Argentina’s Man To Watch Out For: Lionel Messi

Netherlands’ Man To Watch Out For: Arjen Robben

Argentina’s Weak Link: Over reliance on Messi and the disability to compete with the pace of Robben.

Netherlands’ Weak Link: Messi’s form.