30th August 2014
28th August 2014
Group A: Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiacos FC, Malmö FF
Group B: Real Madrid CF, FC Basel, Liverpool FC, PFC Ludogorets
Group C: SL Benfica, Football Club Zenit, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, AS Monaco FC
Group D: Arsenal FC, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, RSC Anderlecht
Group E: FC Bayern München, Manchester City FC, CSKA Moskva, AS Roma
Group F: FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AFC Ajax, Apoel FC
Group G: Chelsea FC, FC Schalke 04, Sporting CP, NK Maribor
Group H: FC Porto, FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Club, FC Bate Borisov
24th August 2014
21st August 2014
11th August 2014
15th July 2014
15th July 2014
When we posted right after the group stage about Germany’s route to the final, there was of course a great deal of hope and belief that the Germans could lift the trophy at the end. Even with some worrying performances and injury concerns early, still a feeling lingered that this tournament was there for the taking, and that Germany was undoubtedly going to be one of the teams to step up to claim it.
What we didn’t expect was the matches that followed. It started with an extremely tough match against an impressive Algeria. Next came the rather blah affair versus France that didn’t make either team look like world beaters. Because of those results, Germany weren’t given much hope going into the semifinals … but it seems no one told the Germans that. They gave us the match of the tournament: a 7-1 drubbing of the home nation, a defeat that will be remembered in the history of this sport for its sheer improbability.
That match changed everything. Suddenly it became obvious that Germany were more than a bunch of great players—they were one team who all believed in each other. That showed in the final, when Schürrle crossed to Götze without even looking for him. He knew Mario would be there and that he would do something great. And he did.
So, without further ado, Kaiser Sweeper’s top 5 moments of the World Cup:
- Japanese fans cleaning up after themselves before leaving the stadium. YOU ARE AWESOME AND WE LOVE YOU.
- The giant cricket that landed on James Rodriguez’s arm. I will literally never forget that, nor will I stop imagining the bug is his friend and helps him score goals. Thanks, Pixar.
- Everything involving Fabian Johnson. The handsomeness cannot be contained.
- Neuer finally getting over his prudishness and appearing shirtless.
- Klose becoming the all-time leading World Cup goal scorer … and all he cares about is his team won, because that’s the kind of amazing dude he is.
I think that wraps it up. Oh, wait a minute, let me just include a little something:
DEUTSCHLAND, 2014 WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS!!!!!