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World Cup winners and losers | Updated: 2014-07-14 06:47
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The FIFA World Cup trophy goes to... Germany

The World Cup best player and best team go to...

Golden Ball - Lionel Messi (Argentina)

Award for the most outstanding player


Silver Ball: Thomas Muller (Germany)
Bronze Ball: Arjen Robben (Netherlands)

Golden Boot - James Rodriguez (Colombia)

Award for the leading goalscorer


Silver Boot: Thomas Muller (Germany)
Bronze Boot: Neymar (Brazil)

Golden Glove - Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Award for the best goalkeeper


Best Young Player - Paul Pogba (France)

Award for the best young footballer

FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Colombia

Award for the team with the tournament's best disciplinary record

FIFA Dream Team

A team of players among the best of the World Cup finals List

The World Cup winners and losers go to ...

Best performed players
Magic moments at a World Cup are not limited to spectacular goals. There are also some amazing saves made by goalkeepers. Among the eight matches of the round of 16, five went to extra time and two to penalties. Goalkeepers were also heroes then as they saved spot kicks to keep their team's hopes alive.
Special: Scintillating saves rival glorious goals

Most dedicated player
"I kept getting tripped up and kicked to pieces ...," said Neymar, "and the referee did nothing to protect me or my teammates from these rough-house tactics." Neymar, describing how he was battered at this World Cup and is now out after a Colombian opponent fractured his back?
Neymar cheering for Messi

Most humble hero
Miroslav Klose
Miroslav Klose became the World Cup's all-time record scorer with 16 goals - surpassing Brazil great Ronaldo's 15. Klose equaled Ronaldo's tally against Ghana in the group stage and netted his record-breaker in Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil.
Klose: Ronaldo still the best

Best dark horse
Costa Rica
The performance of Costa Rica reminds us of another unfancied team, Greece, who won Euro 2004. Just like the Greeks, Costa Rica arrived in Brazil as one of the dark horses. "Los Ticos" defeated former world champions Uruguay and Italy in the "group of death ", which took them back to the last 16.
Costa Rica provides example for China

Most inspirational team
Team USA
US President Barack Obama took a break from affairs of state to pop into a White House staff party to watch part of the World Cup soccer match between the US and Belgium in the round of 16. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann praised his team’s fighting spirit in spite of the second straight World Cup round of 16 knock-out.
Obama shares nation's Cup agony 

Most friendly rivals
Loew and Klinsmann
Joachim Loew and Jurgen Klinsmann shook hands, smiled and gave each other a hug, like the two good friends they are. The pair had every reason to be pleased having seen both teams advance to the knockout stage, kicking Portugal and Ghana out of the race.
Germany vs USA – Made in Germany

Most humiliating team
Host Brazil's crushing 7-1 defeat to Germany astonished fans around the world. Losing by such a margin was seen as an embarrassment and humiliation for a nation where soccer rules. Then the host failed to make the third place finish and thus missed the last chance to impress home fans.
Special: One-sided World Cup games


Most fascinating shoot-outs

Best last-minute goals

Best goals

Best saves


Best dental work
Luis Suarez
Uruguay's Luis Suarez who sunk his teeth into Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder in their final Group D game. His third biting offence, after incidents in 2010 and 2013, earned a suspension from all football-related activity for 4 months plus a 9 international match ban and a 100,000 Swiss francs fine.
Carrot and stick to change Suarez 

Most idiotic way to deal with a teammate
Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Cameroon's Benoit Assou-Ekotto's headbutt on teammate Benjamin Moukandjo towards the end of their 4-0 Group A humiliation at the hands of Croatia.
Match fixing fears raised



Most needless red card
Portugal's task to overcome a 0-2 deficit against Germany was made even harder by a needless 37th minute red card for Pepe. The defender, furious at what he felt was "simulation" by Germay's Thomas Mueller following a slight collision between the two, was sent off for pushing his head into the German's face as he sat on the ground.
Pepe gets 1-match bans for red cards

Most controversial referee
Yuichi Nishimura
Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura was the toast ofBraziland the curse ofCroatiaafter his contentious penalty award proved decisive in helping the home side to a 3-1 opener win in the World Cup.
Croatia furious with ref after defeat

Tidbits and gossips

Suarez craze

Soccer boys

Openning gala

Politicians root for soccer

Soccer dads

WAGs shine off pitch

National flags on fan's face
A bite of World Cup

Unlikely forecasters

Dogs in football team jerseys

 Brazil impression

Brazil - Country of sand, sun, samba and soccer


Daily life

Host city





 China and World Cup




Heating up for Chongqing fire fighters
Giants welcome to World Cup from HK

10 Chinese products scoring World Cup goal
Yiwu gears up for World Cup in Brazil

Drunk driving shows 65% increase
Crackdown on drunk driving

World Cup support goes sky-high
Fans' cup runneth over

Chinese tech firms big players
China finds way to play in Brazil

Restless fans die watching World Cup
Woman suffers miscarriage staying up

Turtles replace panda cubs to predict results
Young ladies quit job to watch game

Brazil to help China develop soccer
Milu: More Chinese people should play football

Gambling costs fans their lives
Guo Meimei arrested for gambling

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