SportsNation Blog Archives World Cup Soccer
American soccer is getting a little English this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs making post-World Cup, preseason trips to the United States to take on MLS teams.
Coming this Saturday: 13-time English champion Arsenal, which will face former Gunner Thierry Henry and the New York Red Bulls at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN2/WatchESPN).
To celebrate the team's first-ever trip to Gotham, first-teamers Kieran Gibbs, Carl Jenkinson, Serge Gnabry and Mathieu Flamini tried their hands at Noo Yawk accents. The results ... well, you can guess. Englishmen Gibbs and Jenkinson aren't totally awful, nor is German Gnabry, but Frenchman Flamini might not want to give up his day job as midfield enforcer.
Now here's hoping manager Arsene Wenger breaks into a Travis Bickle when asked about transfers at his news conference.
Germany wins 2014 World Cup
They pummeled Portugal 4-0. They beat Brazil 7-1. And although they needed 30 extra minutes in the final against Argentina, Germany managed a wondrous goal from Mario Gotze to win 1-0 and claim the 2014 World Cup. This put a cap on a tournament filled with tremendous games, intriguing storylines (including a surprising U.S. run) and, occasionally, some major controversy. What's your take?
World Cup final -- Germany-Argentina
One semifinal brought an ocean of goals. The other featured precisely zero. But only one thing mattered in each: Germany and Argentina won, and now they will meet in the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Will the Germans, who routed the hosts 7-1, take the whole thing? Or will the Argentines, who won a penalty shootout against the Netherlands after 120 scoreless minutes, gut out another victory? Cast your votes!
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How do you react after a loss of that magnitude? Even a late goal couldn't save Brazil from experiencing their worst loss ever, a 7-1 drubbing at the hands of Germany that saw the home team give up five goals in one brutal 18-minute stretch in the first half. There were 36.5 million people who tweeted about the match, making it by far the most-discussed sporting event on Twitter. We're not going to subject you to all of them (don't doubt that we could -- we're very powerful), so here are the best reactions we found:
Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored against the U.S. in the knockout stages, posted this photo after Brazil scored their fourth goal:
Oooh myyyy goood pic.twitter.com/uYIFJ1Mpmm— R.Lukaku Bolingoli (@RomeluLukaku9) July 8, 2014
British comedian Russell Brand tried to see the bigger picture at 5-0:
I hope PSG kept their receipt for David Luiz.— Russell Brand (@rustyrockets) July 8, 2014
Dirk Nowitzki, obviously rooting for Germany, became less coherent with joy as the game went on:
Jaaaaaa— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Boooooyah— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Wow— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
Finaaaale— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) July 8, 2014
One fan repurposed the World Cup's logo to represent Brazil's stages of grief:
ESPN's own Michael Ballack celebrated in the studio once the scoring had stopped:
At least one fan decided to blame a familiar target, although for once we don't think it was his fault:
Fans in the stadium reacted in various ways, from anguished disbelief ...AP Photo/Bruno Magalhaes
... to clothes-rending frustration ...Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images
... to a kind of quiet resignation.Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
For our money, however, the match was best-summed up by this 13-second spot by a German radio station: