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2014 World Cup Closing Ceremony in Pictures

Germany became World Cup champion for the fourth time on Sunday night, and the first European team in history to lift football's greatest prize on South American soil after a 1-0 extra time win over Argentina. It did so courtesy of a winner deep into extra time from substitute Mario Gotze, who displayed a brilliant piece of skill to decide a contest of outstanding quality.

Gotze took a pass from the left from Andre Schurrle in the 113th minute of action, trapped it on his chest and swiveled it past Sergio Romero and into the Argentine net. The goal proved to be enough to give Germany a 1-0 victory.

The game between Argentina and Germany was going to be intense. Both teams were not going to give up a win easily. That’s why it wasn’t surprising when the game went 90 minutes without either team scoring!

The teams would play for 30 additional minutes and then engage in a shootout if no one scored. However, it wasn’t until 113 minutes that Germany would make a move. Mario Götze stunned Argentina with an unbelievable goal that sailed right past Argentina’s goalkeeper.

That goal marked Mario’s 11th goal in this year’s World Cup, but this one is the one he’ll always be remembered for.

Germany has now won the World Cup four times. The last time they won was in 1990. However, this is the first time that any European country has won in the Americas.

Argentina had some great chances at the goal, but nothing came of them. Lionel Messi had one last kick, but to no avail. Gonzalo Higuaín thought he had made a terrific goal, but was offsides. Gonzalo was called for a foul after he collided with Germany’s Manuel Neuer.

After an incredible month of football, its sad to see the World Cup end. It had so many memorable moments — Messi’s strikes, Team USA’s run, Enyeama's saves, that German beatdown over Brazeol — and it hurts to think that we have to wait another four years until this happens again.

Travelling in style: Former Spanish international Carles Puyol (right) and model Gisele Bundchen (left) walk in the tunnel to present the World Cup in a special Louis Vuitton travel case

Travelling in style: Former Spanish international Carles Puyol (right) and model Gisele Bundchen (left) walk in the tunnel to present the World Cup in a special Louis Vuitton travel case


In place: Puyol and model Gisele Bundchen present the World Cup trophy prior to the match

Former Spanish international Carles Puyol (L) and model Gisele Bundchen present the World Cup

Bringing glamour to the proceedings: Columbian singer Shakira wowed fans as she joined forces with Carlinhos Brown (left)

Bringing glamour to the proceedings: Columbian singer Shakira wowed fans as she joined forces with Carlinhos Brown (left)


Repeat performance: This is the third World Cup in which Shakira has performed. She met her partner, Spain's Gerard Pique, during the 2010 tournament in South Africa

Putting on a show: Keepy uppy experts in Germany and Argentina kits show off their skills as Shakira performs

Group effort: Musicians Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, singers Shakira, Alexandre Pires, Ivete Sangalo and Carlinhos Brown perform during the closing ceremony

Musicians Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, singers Shakira, Alexandre Pires, Ivete Sangalo and Carlinhos Brown perform during the closing ceremony

Germany became World Cup champion for the fourth time on Sunday night, and the first European team in history to clinch soccer's greatest prize on South American soil.

It did so courtesy of a winner deep into extra time from substitute Mario Gotze, who displayed a brilliant piece of skill to decide a contest of outstanding quality.

Gotze took a pass from the left from Andre Schurrle in the 113th minute of action, trapped it on his chest and swiveled it past Sergio Romero and into the Argentina net. The goal proved to be enough to give Germany a 1-0 victory.

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0 #1 Dr. Boniface Chizea 2014-07-14 07:25
We congratulate the German machine for this victory. It did not come as a surprise. Nigeria should get its house in order to make a better impression at the next edition of the World cup for which Russia will be the host. We must quickly move to resolve the problem with FIFA which has meant that Nigeria is currently under suspension.
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