World Cup 2014: Top 10 Moments (Coldplay, Shakira)
Some have described the 2014 World Cup as the greatest of them all. Record scoring, huge crowds, superstars, set in Brazil, the home of futbol. One week ago, today, FIFA’s 2014 World Cup concluded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Congratulations to Germany for winning their 4th World Cup, as they became the first European nation to win the coveted trophy on North or South American soil. As we look back on the 32 day tournament, what were the 10 most memorable (good and bad) moments of the 2014 World Cup? Note: Two of these are music related as this is Mike’s Daily JUKEBOX
COLDPLAY “Sky Full Of Stars”
2014 FIFA Closing Montage
10. Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliance, yet early exit. Ronaldo, not only, has the most perfect set-up assist at the last second to force a tie vs the USA, he alsoscores in the 80th minute against Ghana to put the U.S. into the Quarterfinals as Portugal is eliminated. No tears for Ronaldo though, he and his supermodel girlfriend, Irina Shayk, on the cover of this month’s Maxim Magazine, earned an extended vacation together.
9. Miroslav Klose of Germany at the age of 36 becomes the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer. Playing in his 4th World Cup, Klose tacked on two more goals, running his career total to 16 passing Ronaldo.
8. Lionel Messi earns the Golden Ball? What? The world’s “greatest soccer player” fails to score in the Quarterfinals, Semi-Finals, or the Finals, yet wins the trophy for best player in the tournament. The look in his eyes as he accepted the award showed his disdain for the moment.
7. Tim Howard and James Rodriguez become the new break-out stars of FIFA. Tim Howard’s record breaking saves against the Netherlands earned him internet fame as the new American hero of soccer. The new superstar of soccer could very well be Colombia’s James Rodriguez. Six goals in six games, Maradona and LeBron James both proclaimed their respect for James. He won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s leading scorer.
6. Shakira’s closing performance! So many all-star performances hyped the World Cup. Wyclef with Santana, Jennifer Lopez with Pitbull, but nothing compared to Shakira’s amazing performance of “La La La” that highlighted the closing ceremony.
BEST MOMENTS OF THE 2014 WORLD CUP
set to Shakira’s “La La La”
5. Brazil’s back is LITERALLY broken after Neymar’s injury. After cracking vertebrae in his back, Neymar missed the last two matches for Brazil. What followed was their worst defeat in Brazil’s illustrious history. No one will forget Germany’s “7 Minutes Of Hell” when they destroyed Brazil.
4. Underdogs surprise us all. Who would guessed the United States surviving the Group of Death? Costa Rica, Algeria, Switzerland, and Greece all qualify for the 2nd Stage and defending champs, Spain, Italy, and England bow out early.
3. Luis Suarez wanted some Italian Food – unfortunately he had to settle for an Italian opponent. For the THIRD time, Uruguay’s Luis Suarez bit an opponent during a match. His resulting four month suspension eliminated any hope for Uruguay in the 2nd Round.
2. Brazil proved to be the ultimate host country for this event. Vibrant energy, the huge crowds gathered on the beach to watch the event live, the huge volume of the Brazilians during their National Anthem all took our breath away. Who can forget the fireworks above the Christ The Redeemer Statue after the final goal!
Brazil National Anthem: Players and Fans crying
1. Mario Gotze scores the latest goal in the history of the World Cup to clinch Germany’s FOURTH World Cup. Mario was one of Germany’s super subs that provided that extra energy needed to lock up the victory. Gotze is a product of Germany’s new training system, an innovation approach that truly worked miracles.