Lionel Messi should not have won the Golden Ball

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Germany set the benchmark on multiple levels with World Cup win over Argentina

Date: 14th July 2014 at 3:21pm
Written by Thomas Hallett

Germany’s World Cup win should have been much more obvious from the off. Logical thinking was clouded by the setting: no European nation had ever won a World Cup on South American soil. We were also led to believe that host nation Brazil would use that factor, as well as familiar surroundings and a partisan crowd, to their advantage, even with an uninspiring and ultimately poor squad. We should have learnt from the previous winners. Spain, irrespective of their surprise collapse and early exit in Brazil, were an international dynasty built not through luck, but meticulous planning. It hasn’t taken the football world too long. Germany, after their 1-0 win in the Maracana against Argentina, are already being talked up as the next team to dominate international football. The beginning of a new cycle. They were not always totally convincing. Germany should have put a gutsy Ghana to the sword in the group stage, such was the ... Read More


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