The twentieth edition of the FIFA World Cup was held in Brazil from 12th June to 13th July 2014. It was the second time Brazil staged the FIFA World Cup, having previously hosted the competition in 1950. For the first time in the World Cup, goal-line technology and vanishing foam were used in the 2014 edition.
Germany emerged as the world cup 2014 winner after defeating Argentina in the final, with Mario Götze scoring the winning goal in the 113rd-minute. This was the fourth time Germany lifted the trophy, previously winning the tournament as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Brazil earned a direct qualification as the host country with 31 other teams were decided by a qualification process started from September 2012. Among the allotted 13 places for the European nations, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, England, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Switzerland qualified directly to the World Cup. Croatia, France, Greece and Portugal made it to the finals through play-offs.
From South America, Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador directly qualified to the World Cup while Uruguay had to come through play-offs defeating fifth-placed Asian team, Jordan. Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria made it to the World Cup from Africa. From the CONCACAF, Costa Rica, Honduras, USA sealed a direct berth to the World Cup while Mexico piped Oceania champion New Zealand to secure its visit to Brazil. The rest four places were grabbed by the Asian representatives- Australia, Iran, Japan and Korea Republic.
Bosnia and Herzegovina was the only World Cup debutant in the 2014 edition.
|Arena De São Paulo||São Paulo||65,807|
|Arena Fonte Nova||Salvador||48,747|
|Estadio Beira-Rio||Porto Alegre ||48,849|
|Estadio Castelao ||Fortaleza ||58,000|
|Estadio Do Maracana ||Rio de Janeiro ||76,804|
|Estádio Da Baixada||Curitiba||41,456|
|Estádio Das Dunas||Natal||42,086|
|Estádio Mineirão ||Belo Horizonte ||57,400|
|Estadio Nacional ||Brasilia||68,009|
|Estadio Pantanal ||Cuiaba ||42,968|
|Ivory Coast ||3||1||0||2||4||5||-1||3|
|Costa Rica ||3||2||1||0||4||1||3||7|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina ||3||1||0||2||4||4||0||3|
Top two teams of each group qualified for the knockout stages.
Round of 16
In the first match of Round of 16, Brazil defeated Chile 3-2 on penalties after the match was tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes. David Luiz gave the hosts a lead in the 18th-minute while Alexis Sánchez equalised for Chile in the 32nd-minute.
James Rodríguez scored brace including a spectacular left-footed volley from outside the box to secure a convincing win over Uruguay.
Huntelaar converted a 94th-minute penalty as the Netherlands survived a scare against Mexico. Giovani dos Santos gave Mexico the lead in the 48th-minute before Sneijder made it 1-1 in the 88th-minute.
Costa Rica beat Greece 5-3 on penalties after the match was tied at 1-1 after 120 minutes. Costa Rican skipper Bryan Ruiz put them ahead in the 52th-minute before Sokratis's 91th-minute goal took the match to the extra time.
France went past Nigeria by 2-0 thanks to Paul Pogba's 79th-minute goal and Yobo's own goal.
Manuel Neuer's exceptional goalkeeping helped Germany to take the match to the extra time against Algeria. André Schürrle and Mesut Özil scored in the 92nd and 120th-minute respectively as Djabou's 121st-minute strike could not restrict Germany's 2-1 victory.
Ángel Di María scored the winner two minutes before 120 minutes as Argentina defeated Switzerland. Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku's goals in the first half of extra time helped Belgium to beat the USA by 2-1. Julian Green created a ray of hope pulling one back in the 107th-minute, but to no avail.
In the first quarter-final, Mats Hummels scored in the 13th-minute as Germany held on to a slim lead of 1-0 against France to book their place in the semi-final.
Brazil skipper Thiago Silva scored in the 7th-minute before David Luiz made it 2-0 with a stunning free-kick in the 69th-minute against Colombia. James Rodríguez's penalty conversion ten minutes before the time turned out to be a consolation. However, Brazil suffered a massive blow ahead of semi-final as Neymar got ruled out of the World Cup with a fractured vertebra. Also, Silva got suspended for the semi-final clash.
Argentina prevailed on Gonzalo Higuaín's 8th-minute strike against tournament dark-horse Belgium to progress to the semi-final. Coming as the 121st-minute substitute, Tim Krul turned out to be the saviour for the Netherlands as the Dutch defeated Costa Rica 4-3 on penalties. Neither team could hit the back of the net in 120 minutes.
Sixty-four years after Brazil’s loss in the World Cup final at Maracanã in 1950, Brazilians expected they would conquer the world this time. But to everyone’s surprise, the Selecao defence had fallen apart against Germany in the first semifinal and succumbed to humiliating 7-1 loss. After Miroslav Klose opened the account in the 11st-minute with a historic goal that made him World Cup’s all-time highest goal-scorer going past Brazilian Ronaldo, Germany scored four goals within the space of six minutes to lead by 5-0 in the first half. Schürrle scored a brace after the halftime break before Oscar got a consolation in the final minute of the regulation time.
In the second semi-final, Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after the match was tied at 0-0 at the end of extra time.
2014 World Cup Final
In a rematch of the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Final, Germany and Argentina again faced at the World Cup final with both the sides coming better off other on one occasion each.
In the 29th-minute, Higuain hit the back of the German net but the offside flag was up already. Schürrle struck well from edge of the penalty box forcing Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero to make a save. Three minutes later, German defence somehow restricted Lionel Messi from scoring inside the box. During the additional minutes of first half, Benedikt Höwedes’s powerful header hit the bar.
In the second half, both the teams created some good chances but failed to convert them into goals. Within 30 seconds of extra time play started, Schürrle again hit straight to Romero from eight yards distance.
Six minutes later, Rodrigo Palacio missed a golden opportunity after failing to chest the ball down at the edge of the penalty box. As Neuer was charging towards the Argentine, he tried to chip the uncontrolled ball over the German custodian but it went wide.
In the 113rd-minute, Schürrle made a fantastic run from the left hand side and gave a cross to Mario Götze. Unmarked Götze, inside the box, chested the ball down and volleyed it past the goalkeeper’s left hand to score the winning goal. Coming as an 88th-minute substitute, Götze’s magic helped Germany to lift the FIFA World Cup after a gap of 24 years. He was expectedly awarded the Man of the Match trophy.
James Rodríguez bagged the Golden Boot award by scoring six goals in the tournament while Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball award for being the best player of the tournament. Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove for revolutionizing performance under the German goal post and France's Paul Pogba won the Best Young Player award. Colombia won the FIFA Fair Play Award.