Germany won the World Cup on Sunday in Brazil after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time. The goal during extra time was off a superb shot by Mario Goetze, the baby-faced hero. The win was the first World Cup title for Germany in 24 years.
The win was the fourth World Cup title for Germany and their first since 1990 when they defeated Argentina as well.
The goal by Goetze came in minute 113. The win by Germany is the first since the competition began in 1930 by a European country in a final played in the Americas.
Joachim Loew the coach of Germany said this group of players had been together for the past 55 days, but work to win this Cup started 10 years ago with Jurgen Klinsmann the former national coach and the current national coach for the United States.
Argentina played well, had a few chances during the match and was humble in their defeat. The club enjoyed a very good run until the final and with a bit of luck might have won sports’ greatest prize.
The match was end to end throughout and both clubs squandered chances during the 90 minutes of regulation and the first 15-minutes extra time period.
Alejandro Sabella the coach for Argentina said he was proud the way his players did not give up and played during the entire World Cup.
Brazil, the host of the tournament, did not reach the final. The Brazilians has to settle for fourth place after losing in the semifinals to eventual champion Germany 7-1 and in the third place match 3-0 to the Netherlands.
Many doubted that Brazil could present a great World Cup due to problems with stadiums and the unrest that had resulted in numerous streets protests leading up to the month long event.
The complaints over a price tag of $11 billion for the tournament were put off and the country embraced the event welcoming thousands to their home.
In the end, Germany proved behind its formidable defense and powerful front line that it was the world’s number one team.
The next World Cup will be in 2018 hosted by Russia.