The best and worst of the 2014 World Cup

Germany signal their arrival as a new world power in football, while a few traditional giants of the game must do some serious soul searching

Published Fri, Jul 18, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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SIXTY-FOUR games in 32 days with a record-equalling 171 goals in all, the 2014 edition of the Fifa World Cup in Brazil is already being hailed as one of the best, if not the most outstanding, in the tournament's 84-year history.

The group stages provided most of the action, as the goals flew in at breakneck pace and many of the world's top footballing countries - among them Spain, Italy, England and Portugal - bid an early goodbye.

The knockout rounds also delivered their fair share of drama and upsets. There were perhaps more goalless draws than fans would have liked to see, but then again we were also treated to a rare display of football perfection when Germany tore up the history books by beating hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals.

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