Category Archives: World Cup 2014

World Cup 2014: Final Rankings

Here’s my rankings of the teams, based along a fairly straightforward stat model, that I used for South Africa and Euro 2012. 32-17 are the teams that failed to get beyond the group stage, ranked in the order of points … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Five (Final)

Germany 1 – 0 Argentina AET Argentina started marginally better, attacking with purpose down the left, with Higuain planting a shot across the face of goal in the opening minutes. Messi, Higuain and Zabaleta would combine down that flank a … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Four (Third/Fourth Place Play Off)

Brazil 0 – 3 Netherlands A poor contest, far different to the last four editions. This time around neither side really looked that interested. The Brazilians are the footballing equivalent of a person who just wants to pull the blanket … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Three (Semi Finals)

Netherlands 0  – 0 Argentina AET (Argentina Win 4-2 In Penalty Shoot-Out) It took a while for the game to settle from the opening nerves. When it did, the Dutch were marginally the better side, a bit more composed on … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty Two (Semi-Finals)

Brazil 1 – 7 Germany In the opening minutes, Brazil seemed eager to have a go, pressing hard, retaining possession for a spell and seeking to make chances to test Neuer. Then Germany got on the ball. Their passes were … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty One (Quarter Finals)

Argentina 1 – 0 Belgium The game began at a fast pace, with Argentina being the faster. It only took a few minutes for the opening to come, created largely by Messi again, winning the ball in midfield, drawing defenders … Continue reading

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World Cup 2014: Matchday Twenty (Quarter Finals)

France 0 – 1 Germany The Germans controlled the tempo of the game at the start, stringing passing along, getting around the French flank defences and generally showing little sign of “flu-like” symptoms. That’s how they always do it of … Continue reading

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