2014 FIFA World Cup
The 2014 FIFA World Cup is the 20th FIFA World Cup. The mega tournament is hosted by 12 cities in Brazil. It was the second time that Brazil has hosted the competition, the first being in 1950.It starts from 12 June, 2014 to 13th July, 2014. Germany wins the tournament after defeating Argentina by 1-0 in the final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. The third and fourth place was taken by Netherlands and Brazil respectively. It was Germany's fourth FIFA title. Last time they won in 1990 after defeating same opponent Argentina in the final. The winning goal of 2014 is scored by Mario Gotze.
The tournament is participated by 32 teams from 5
confederations. A total of 64 matches were played. In 2014 FIFA
World Cup two technology used for first time, goal-line
technology and vanishing foam for free kicks. Some of the
biggest disappointments in the tournaments are: the title holder
Spain, England and Italy eliminated from group stage. Also host
nation Brazil lost to Germany in the semi-final by the margin of
7-1. During the tournament, Luis Suarez of Uruguay suspended for
nine international matches and banned for four months after a
biting incident on Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Uruguay's
Maxi Pereira gets the first red card of the tournament.
Germany's Thomas Muller scores the first hat-trick of the
tournament in a match against Portugal. Also during the
tournament Germany's Miroslav Klose break the record of highest
number of goal score by Ronaldo (Brazil). By winning the final,
Germany became the first European football team to win a World
Cup in the South America. A total of 171 goals scored during the
tournament. James Rodriguez of Colombia scores the highest
number of goals with 6. He wins the golden boot of the
tournament. Lionel Messi of Argentina is selected as best player
of the tournaments while Manuel Neuer of Germany is selected as
best goalkeeper. FIFA Fair Play Trophy wins by Colombia team.