World Cup 2014: When Germany humiliated Brazil at home | World Cup News

Matches were played in 12 stadiums across Brazil, with the final at the historic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

host: Brazil
team: 32
Format: Group stage, knockout stage
matches: 64
Target: 171
winner: Germany
runner up: Argentina
golden boot: James Rodriguez (Colombia)

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It took 64 years for the tournament to return to football’s most decorated country.

When football’s biggest party comes to Brazil, the country lives up to expectations and hosts one of its most memorable events.

Bosnia and Herzegovina made their only debut, while none of the Nordic countries advanced.

Matches were played in 12 stadiums across Brazil, with the final at the historic Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

FIFA has deployed new technology to assist referees with close calls on the goal line, as well as a vanishing spray used to mark free-kick spots.

Due to the hot and humid weather in Brazil, FIFA sanctioned cooling breaks for players and officials. After 30 minutes, it is up to the referee to decide whether to rest.

Defending champions Spain were knocked out of the group stage after a crushing defeat by arch-rivals Netherlands in the final of the last World Cup. The Netherlands won 5-1. Spain then went on to lose to Chile before consoling Australia.

In Group D, known as the “Group of Death”, Italy and England were eliminated, while Costa Rica and Uruguay advanced. Portugal’s early exit was also unexpected.

With the success of rising star Neymar, the hosts Brazil are one of the favorites to win the title. They beat Colombia in the quarter-finals but Neymar missed the remainder of the game with a back injury.

Their pain was compounded when Germany beat them 7-1 in the semi-final.

Led by one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi, Argentina reached the final. In the final, the two sides defended toughly, and no goals were scored in 90 minutes and they were dragged into overtime.

Mario Gotze, who came off the bench in the last two minutes of regulation, scored a superb 113th-minute goal to make Germany the first European nation to win the World Cup on South American soil.

High Point

Fans and analysts have dubbed this World Cup one of the best ever, filled with goals and festive spirit.

Robin van Persie scored one of the most memorable goals as he put the Netherlands ahead in their opening game against Spain.

low point

Ahead of the World Cup, protests took place across Brazil against the use of public funds ($11 billion) to build stadiums instead of housing, hospitals and schools.

Police use of force against protesters resulted in injuries and drew global condemnation.

Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in the group stage. He was shown a red card by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee and banned for nine matches.

Germany’s celebrations after their home win were heavily criticized for mocking Argentina’s gauchos by dancing in hunched over poses.

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