One for the memories

Print edition : August 08, 2014

The victorious German team at the Maracana after defeating Argentina 1-0 in the final on July 13. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Germany's Mario Goetze (centre) scores the winning goal past Argentina's goalkeeper Sergio Romero. Photo: DAVID GRAY/REUTERS

Italy's Giorgio Chiellini complains after Uruguay's Luis Suarez (right) bit him during a Group D match on June 24. Photo: Ricardo Mazalan/AP

Mexico's goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa makes one of his famous saves, this time on a shot by Brazil's Neymar during a Group A match on June 17. Photo: KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS

A Brazil fan cries as he watches a live telecast of the semi-final between Brazil and Germany on July 08, which Brazil lost 1-7. Photo: Leo Correa/AP

James Rodriguez of Colombia controls the ball during the quarter-final match with Brazil on July 4. Rodriguez won the Golden Boot. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas punches the ball away in the quarter-final match with the Netherlands on July 5. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP

Germany's Miroslav Klose (centre) challenges Brazil's midfielder Luiz Gustavo in the semi-final. In this match Klose became the highest scorer in World Cup history with 16 goals and Brazil received its worst thrashing in World Cup matches. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP

The Netherlands' Robin van Persie scores a goal in the Group B match with Spain on June 13. The reigning champion was beaten 5-1. Photo: Bernat Armangue/AP

Brazil's Neymar being tackled by Juan Camilo Zuniga of Colombia in a quarter-final match. This tackle ended Neymar's World Cup campaign. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Argentina's Lionel Messi dribbles past the Netherlands' Dirk Kuyt (right) and Robin van Persie, in a semi-final on July 9. Photo: Themba Hadebe/AP

Colombian singer Shakira performs during the closing ceremony ahead of the final at the Maracana stadium. Photo: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP

It was all there: drama, glory and heartbreak, magical display of skills and biting brutality, the making of new heroes and the breaking of old reputations and, above all, sublime football. It was indeed a World Cup to remember.
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