Germany topped their group stage with an unbeaten record, confirming automatic qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ with nine victories from ten fixtures. Also, Coach Joachim Low’s players hit 36 goals along the way, the most of any side in European zone qualifying. The three-time world champions’ striking displays of attack have thrilled their fans and demonstrated why they were among the favourites all the way through the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ to take the title in Brazil.
However, there was always room for improvement for the perfectionist side. The 4-4 draw with Sweden in Berlin is a painful memory, especially after Germany had led a 4-0 lead. “We still have work to do before the World Cup,” commented Low. “I see two main areas to focus on: we need to stabilise both our defence and our play in the final third.
After qualifying like a title worthy team Germany only proved evermore who was going to win this phenomenal tournament with an unbeaten record all the way to the final! Not one loss in all 7 games!!
Runners Up: Argentina
After a 4-1 win against Chile to begin their FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign, Argentina then stumbled against Venezuela and drew 1-1 at home to Bolivia, which raised doubts as to whether coach Alejandro Sabella, who took over after Copa America 2011, was up to the task. La Albiceleste, however, got back on track with 2-1 win over Colombia in Barranquilla, which began Argentina’s 14-match unbeaten run through the remainder of qualifying, where they finished atop the South American table. Argentina scored 35 goals while only surrendering 15 on the way to winning the competition for the third time. The rest of South America could only chase Argentina throughout the final qualifying fixtures.
In the round of 16 playoff game Argentina stormed to victory against both Switzerland and followed with another win against Belgium in the quarter finals both games ending 1-0.
3rd Place Playoff:
Stationed at the Estadio Nacional Stadium Holland stormed to victory with a 3-0 win over hosting country Brazil! With goals from BLIND, VAN PERSIE and WIJNALDUM Holland put in a blinding performance against a side that seemed not to have turned up, although missing a significant player in NAYMAR.
Spain v Holland
With ROBBEN and VAN PERSIE smashing two goals each and another from DE VRIJ Holland triumphed against just one goal from Spain (ALONSO)
With VAN PERSIE given Budweiser Man Of The Match, after a brilliant header and another goal he defiantly deserved that title!!
Spain suffered the worst defeat of any defending champions, and perhaps the strangest thing about it is that for the first 44 minutes they looked pretty comfortable. A little too comfortable, Roy Keane might say. Had David Silva made it 2-0 just before half time it would have been game over. Instead, seconds later, VAN PERSIE levelled with a stunning header and the Dutch regrouped at half time ran riot in the second half.
Obviously you would want your home country to prosper in the world cup so for sure I wanted England to do well in the competition, however inside I knew the team wouldn’t be able to beat the rest of the world with their expertise and professionalism in the competition.