World Cup 2014

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Every FIFA World Cup™ goal by cleat, brand, team and league

Three days after Mario Götze scored the game-winning goal in extra time that saw Germany lift the FIFA World Cup™…

Germany v Argentina: 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final
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Top 10 big boot moments in Brazil

With last night’s exciting conclusion to one of the most free scoring and exciting world tournaments in history, the cleat geeks here at SOCCER.COM thought it would be a great time to discuss some of the most memorable moments of the tournament and, of course, what cleats helped our superstars to perform such acts of…

Germany v Ghana: Group G - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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SOCCER.COM’s Best XI of Brazil

The last adidas Brazuca has been kicked at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, but the time for reflection on the terrific tournament to which we all have born witness is just beginning. To kick off discussion, if you pardon the unintended pun, we offer our Team of the Tournament. Tempted as we were to simply…

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Glory for Germany via Götze’s goal in extra time

Germany grabbed glory on the game’s greatest stage Sunday as Mario Götze scored a world-class volley in extra-time to give Die Nationalmannschaft their fourth FIFA World Cup™ crown. Götze’s goal was well worthy of winning the final, as he chested André Schürrle’s pintpoint cross in the box and hit it samurai style with his Nike Magista Obra…

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Neuer, Messi and James win gold for terrific tournaments

Standout players of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ were recognized today as Manuel Neuer, Lionel Messi, James Rodríguez, won the adidas Golden Gloves, adidas Golden Ball and adidas Golden Boot titles, respectively. Neuer, whose confidence in goal was key to Germany winning the event, was named the adidas Golden Gloves winner as the best goalkeeper…

Netherlands v Argentina: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Argentina defeats Holland, advance to final

Happy 198th birthday Argentina! In a fierce and competitive match and the icing on the cake of their independence day celebrations, Argentina defeated Holland 4-2 in penalty kicks to advance to their first World Cup final since 1990. It was one of the most intense and hard-fought matches we’ve seen in this tournament, and adidas’ tweet…

Brazil v Germany: Semi Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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German engineering dismantles Brazil

Goals on goals on goals. In perhaps one of the most surprising results of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ (and the biggest-ever win in the semifinals), Germany thrashed the host country 7-1. GOAL! Müller for #GER! — SOCCER.COM (@soccerdotcom) July 8, 2014 GOAL! Klose makes it 2 for #GER! — SOCCER.COM (@soccerdotcom) July 8, 2014 With…

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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SOCCER.COM’s Starting XI of the Quarterfinal Round

As we get closer and closer to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ final on July 13, the teams are getting fewer but the performances are getting more prolific, refined and historic. From Friday and Saturday’s Quarterfinals, we were treated to world-class goalkeeping, defenders popping up with massive goals and showing how to hold a line…

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Holland back in the semis amid Krul defeat for Costa Rica

Holland returned to the semifinals today, defeating Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties in an instant classic. The Oranje and Los Ticos battled to an epic 0-0 draw through 120 minutes with the Dutch hitting all four of their penalty kicks home and getting two saves from substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul to move on to face…

Argentina v Belgium: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Argentina reaches semis for first time since 1990

For the first time all tournament, Argentina looked like the South American superpower that pundits were expecting at 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, beating Belgium 1-0 to seize a semifinals place for the first time in 24 years. Just as Germany and Brazil did a day earlier, La Albicelste got an early goal and never…

Brazil v Colombia: Quarter Final - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Seleção survives Colombia test, sambas to semis

For all of the hype surrounding Neymar’s gold, it was Silva who made the difference for hosts Brazil on Friday as they bested Colombia 2-1 to stake a place in the semifinals. Inspirational captain Thiago Silva raced onto Neymar’s corner kick unmarked as the backpost and used his knee to knock the adidas Brazuca home just…

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Germany heads to fourth-straight semifinal

Germany’s workmanlike journey through 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ continued today as Joachim Low’s men downed France 1-0 to take a place in the semifinals. The result, earned via defender Mats Hummels first-half header, marks Die Nationalmannschaft’s incredible 10th trip to the final four in the last 13 FIFA World Cups™, a stunning achievement. Hummels…