Clearly the big winner of World Cup 2014 was Germany; a source of great pride for the fans and the country. But there were a few other winners from the event that have earned more than a little recognition as well.
While in my heart I empathized with the feelings of the people from Brazil, a country I love and whose soccer I admire, I also felt joy in seeing the fruits of the Klinsmann/Low revolution in German soccer. The soccer they play today is a complete departure from the soccer German teams played prior to 2010 or 2006.
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Under the brightest of lights imaginable and with the eyes of the world square upon them, perennial juggernauts Germany and Argentina are set to square off in a mouthwatering World Cup Final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday.
All was back to normal in Brazil and thousands of Argentinian fans left the game in Sao Paulo and arrived in Rio in the early hours of Thursday morning to prepare for the big game on Sunday.
Clearly, the weight of national expectation had been too great for Brazil's players to bear without the presence on the field of their two leaders to inspire them and hold them together.
What are the problems with the penalty shootout? To begin with, it bears little relation with the rest of the soccer game. Another problem is that, as players themselves acknowledge, there is a certain amount of luck in the penalty shootout.
A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.
Brasil winning the World Cup could be a small moment of reconciliation for the nation's struggle, potentially helping to heal the wounds of what is lost.
The evening of July 2nd I headed to Rio with no team to root for. Italy, my soul team, didn't make it out of their group, all discussion of the matter since banned from my household. Now who?
They all illustrate how the human cognitive system is driven much more by subconscious emotions than by a conscious objective analysis of the facts alone.
Let's talk about futbol, or soccer, call it as you wish. It is the sport and not the name that brings people together.
The refusal by the IFA and government to stand up to the group's blatant racism reflects the ambiguity of a society that long yearned for peace, increasingly grown frustrated at how beyond grasp it seemed to be, and finally concluded that peace no longer was essential to its survival.
The male position is not the neutral position. It has a point of view, the male point of view, which not everyone shares, and which is not always superior. So please, stop announcing that Landon Donovan is the "all-time U.S. leading goal scorer."
"Goal-scoring salsa" is the new dance move created by the Colombian national soccer team.
Like the NBA's San Antonio Spurs revealed in the NBA finals, diversity in sports represents the welcome face of globalization. For World Cup fans, that diversity has been nowhere greater than in the composition of the Latin American teams.