Germany won the final of the World Cup last night in dramatic fashion with a second half extra time goal from super sub 22-year-old Bayern Munich player Mario Götze!
With an assist by fellow sub 23-year-old (And my fellow 1990s’ person! Always love to see a 1990s’ person doing well!) Chelsea’s André Schürrle, Götze volleyed home one of the goals of the tournament this year with amazing skill and great composure under all that pressure and looked positively dazed by the fact that he was Germany’s hero ensuring their win of the title against Argentina, their first win as Germany as opposed to West Germany and the first win by a European team of the World Cup in South America.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. You score the goal and you don’t really know what’s happening. It hasn’t been a simple tournament, or year, for me and I owe a lot to my family and my girlfriend who always believed in me. But a dream became reality here.”
German coach Joachim Löw said,
“I said to Götze: ‘OK, show the world you are better than Messi and can decide the World Cup,’” said Löw. “I told him that. I always had a good feeling about Götze. Argentina were becoming more and more tired, but we had players who could make a difference. Götze is a miracle boy, a boy wonder. He can play any position up front. I know he’s always able to decide a match, and it was a great winner he scored. But in extra time we had the energy to move forward. We didn’t want to go to penalties. We wanted the game decided before then, and we put them under more pressure.”
Götze played for the under-16’s German team when they took on their Republic of Ireland counterparts in Listowel when he was 15 and gave the cross in that day for the German goal as they drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland that day.
Captain Philipp Lahm hoisted the trophy up for Germany following their win while goalkeeper Manuel Neuer got the best goalkeeper of the tournament but Thomas Müller missed out on the top goal scorer to Colombia’s James Rodriguez and on the best player of the tournament to Lionel Messi.
Well done Germany! Well-deserved! 🙂