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# World Cup 2014

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# Analysis
A tactical breakdown of where the 2014 World Cup final was won and lost
A patient game from Germany eventually yielded its rewards, as they beat Argentina 1-0.
# Looking Back
Power ranking the 17 best moments of the 2014 World Cup
Featuring Christ the Redeemer, Lionel Messi, James Rodriguez and more.
# die struktur
How Germany went from Euro 2000 'disaster' to World Cup champions
This is not a golden generation for Die Nazionale Mannschaft, but the product of a well-laid plan.
# Young Guns
Analysis: The best young players at the 2014 World Cup
It’s a highly competitive field but who makes our special XI?
# adulation
Germany dance back into Berlin on massive open-top Merc truck
The centre of Berlin was thronged with fans celebrating the World Cup success.
# celebrations
Jubilant crowds welcome home German World Cup heroes
The German team have landed in Berlin, where expectant crowds are waiting.
# Analysis
5 things Martin O'Neill and Ireland can learn from the 2014 World Cup
Squad depth is more important than ever and other noteworthy points.
# the unlikely lads
5 cult heroes we loved at the 2014 World Cup
They may have flown under the radar but this bunch impressed us a lot.
# Stars
Here are the best and worst XIs of the 2014 World Cup
Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Lionel Messi and more players who stood out.
# monday
We’ll leave it there so: Contador out, Rihanna lifts the World Cup and all today's sport
There’s also a new Limerick manager and Manchester United’s record kit deal.
# Simulation
The Netherlands' Arjen Robben secures the 'Golden Dive' award
Marcelo, Fred and Georgios Samaras provided competition, but there was only ever going to be one winner.
# Golazos
What was your favourite goal of the 2014 World Cup?
We’ve whittled 171 down to 12…
# Class
Check out the BBC's brilliant, epic end-of-World-Cup montage
We can’t wait for the station’s next effort in four years’ time.
# Lucky
A young Irish football fan is now the proud owner of a piece of World Cup history
Kevin and Oisín Treanor recently attended Germany’s incredible 7-1 win over Brazil.
# Number One
Why Manuel Neuer was the best player at the 2014 World Cup
German goalkeeper displayed remarkable agility, awareness and intelligence.
# Happy Days
Here's how the German media reacted to their side's World Cup triumph
The top-selling Bild daily splashed “1:0″ and “World Champions!” across its front page.
# this is the end
Brazil fires national football coach Felipe Scolari - reports
Last Tuesday’s loss to Germany was the country’s worst defeat since losing the 1950 final game to Uruguay.
# acclaim
Lionel Messi already a great, says Sabella
The 27-year-old Barcelona superstar squandered a glorious chance early in the second half in last night’s World Cup final.
# Looking Back
55 of the most memorable pics from the 2014 World Cup
We look back on some of the images that defined the past month in Brazil.
# Okey doke
'I take my leave with so many great memories': Billo's tribute and farewell speech
Tonight’s World Cup final was Bill O’Herlihy’s last time in the RTÉ chair.
# playing on
Knocked out: Global players’ union want action after World Cup concussions
FIFPro say the decision needs to be taken out of the hands of team doctors.
# Passion
12 things that restored our faith in football at the 2014 World Cup
Crying during anthems, fan reactions, ‘why always me’ and more…
# Lahm of God
'Teamwork, not individuals, the reason Germany won' - Philipp Lahm
The Germany captain says individual players don’t matter.
# timeline
Timeline: How the 2014 World Cup final was won
Argentina will regret their host of missed chances.
# World Cup 2014
Messi wins Golden Ball, James wins Golden Boot, Neuer wins Golden Gloves
Argentina’s superstar picked as the World Cup’s best player despite a disappointing night in the Maracanã.
# Messi-ing in action
Don't cry for me Argentina - Lionel Messi is the loneliest man in the Maracanã
The Argentine playmaker had a last minute free-kick to send the game to penalties.
# Winning
Das ist Götze! Mario's goal wins the World Cup for Germany
The Munich midfielder popped up with seven minutes remaining to score.
# Schumacher II
Here's the incident that somehow resulted in a free kick to Manuel Neuer
Eh, what ref?
# spectacular
Snapshot: Christ the Redeemer holds the sun in his arms
The World Cup final cameraman captured a magnificent shot tonight.
# Injury
Late replacement Kramer forced out of World Cup final with suspected concussion
The Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder was substituted 32 minutes into his competitive international debut.
Germany v Argentina, 2014 World Cup final
The eyes of the world were on the Maracanã tonight. Relive the 2014 World Cup final in our minute-by-minute report.
# Support
Gerrard should remain as England captain, says Beckham
The Liverpool star donned the captain’s armband as England failed to progress from Group D in Brazil.
# Anthem
The defining song of the 2014 World Cup is...
Since Thursday morning, Rio has been humming with Argentinians.
# cats vs dogs
7 animals who really want to watch the World Cup final with you
They’d certainly win the World Cup in ADORABLE.
# Heroes
Goalkeepers shine brightest at 2014 World Cup
The single most impressive goalkeeping display of all, though, may have come from America’s Tim Howard.
Robin van Persie gave his World Cup medal away to a Dutch fan last night
The Man United striker also scored a penalty as Holland comfortably beat the tournament hosts.
# World Cup
No, North Korea didn't tell its citizens they're in the World Cup final
Lots of people were duped by a parody. Again.
# Interview
'Okey doke, we'll leave it there so' - Billo calls time on RTÉ career tonight
The vastly-experienced broadcaster is set to retire after the World Cup final.
# doubt
Brazil coach Scolari leaves decision on future to federation
Last night’s loss came on top of Tuesday’s 7-1 mauling by Germany in the semi-final.
# Analysis
5 talking points ahead of today's Germany-Argentina World Cup final
Can Messi deliver, will the respective stubborn defences be breached and more.