Soccer - some final thoughts

Mario Goetze watches his winning goal slide by the Argentinian keeper

Mario Goetze watches his winning goal slide by the Argentinian keeper

The World Cup was one of the best in recent memory. I'm glad it didn't end with penalty kicks and Germany was a deserving winner. So now we can get back to our kids games and the Chicago Fire. Unless you're one of those fans who watch the British Premier League every Sunday morning and still can't get enough.

I watched every game from the start of The Round of 16, through the quarter and semi-finals to last Sunday's final thriller when Germany topped Argentina with a goal by Mario Goetze in the 112th minute of extra time gave Germany it's fourth World  Cup Title. Penalty kicks would have been an awful way to decide a championship. I wish they'd go back to the "Golden Goal", in which the first team to score in overtime is the winner. And they ought to play until they drop. After all soccer players are the best conditioned athletes in the world

It was a great series for goal keepers. Early on, Guillermo Ochoa was outstanding in that scoreless match between Mexico and Brazil and then our own Tim Howard emerged as a hero even though we lost to Belgium. His 15 saves were the most ever made in a single World Cup game.

As far as goals scored, we saw a joint high of goals scored (171) and more goals scored by substitutes in this World Cup than in any previous edition (32). The memorable moments started with the U.S.A.'s Clint Dempsey's goal at :29 secs against Ghana. It was the 5th fastest in World Cups history. And then came that flying header by the Netherland's Robin van Persie against Spain. Messi had a great goal against Iran and the free kick that Brazil's David Luiz scored against Colombia was a beauty. From 25 yards out, he just lifted the ball in a swerving, unstoppable track into the net. A joy to see.

Of course the most memorable goal was Mario Goetze's tally to win the World Cup title for Germany. With only seven minutes left in in extra time, he took an Andre Schuerrie's pass on his chest and his finish flicked the ball past Argentine keeper Sergio Romero and that was it.

Messi didn't really deserve the Golden Ball as player of the tournament. I think it should have gone to German, midfielder Bastian Schweinsterger who was floored six times by the Argentinians and six times he got up. At games end, with a gash under his right which was stapled up on the sidelines. dried blood on his cheek, he sat on the turf with a smile on face. That's a soccer player!




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