Jul 13 2014, 6:35pm CDT | by Jessica Hannan
In a hard fought game against Argentina, the German team managed to score the winning goal in the second half of overtime. The team has now won in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014-making it one of a few nations to reach such an honor.
Munich's Mario Götze scored the lone goal 113 minutes into the game after many failed or aborted opportunities for both teams. The goal post should be best goalie award, really.
36-year-old Klose earned a standing ovation while walking off the field since it's possibly his last World Cup ever. Or he could pull a David Beckham and continue in the game after retiring. Never know.
Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel could be seen smiling. Berlin lit the sky with fireworks with fans gathered around the Brandenburg Gate to watch the game on large screens.
For those not in Berlin or around a television, German media had the sport covered.
German international broadcaster Deutsche Welle's live blog offered great feedback on the sporting event, including some snark quality you'd find on the Los Angeles Kings Twitter. 52 minutes into the game and the blogger offers a deadpan observation about the quality of play that's been missing. "Well, Germany have found themselves but haven't found Argentina's goal yet."
News (World) (@BBCWorld) July 13, 2014
"World Cup final live --- Germany vs. Argentina" not only gives snark, but helpful explanations, too. For non-fans, that's an awesome way to understand the cheers and jeers ricocheting off the stadium. Or explaining whom Klose is. Or the rules of the game. Or what these movements mean.
At 80 minutes, DW provides a pretty accurate statement of the all over the field game play in general. "'Beni' has popped up in the box but he is surprised as the ball is." Even a non-soccer fan could see the inconsistent moments involving seemingly uncoordinated bodies, bleeding or not.
Berlin. More than 250.000 people watch the final at Brandenburg Gate Public viewing org. pic.twitter.com/GBXshjJU3B— Alper Üçok (@AlperUcok) July 13, 2014
And the writer isn't just skewering one team or another.
"Shirley you can't be serious?" How can you hate a person that uses an Airplane! joke about soccer? Blogger Person does a good job of filling in for Leslie Nielsen. "Sadly, Andre Schürrle is."
And it wasn't just Deutsche Welle that offered some commentary and perspective. Many sites used the format, especially the #WorldCup, #WorldCup2014, and #WorldCupFinal hashtags on Twitter. Right now, Facebook's trending Germany as well.
According to BBC's Richard Taylor, 700 million people watched the game worldwide. That's…quite a number. But the action-packed game offered a wild ride as the ball bounced and skittered throughout the field but always just missing the inside of the net.
And on air, Alexi Lalas, a commentator for ABC's coverage, said 2014 was the best Cup finale he's watched or seen. Not bad coming from a former player in the 1994 and 1998 games. Chocked up at the end of the broadcast, he expressed appreciation this team has the opportunity to earn something they worked hard for.
Seated a couple seats down from Lalas, Michael Ballack, a retired German soccer player, seemed happy for his national team. As a top goal scorer for Germany, Pelé selected him as one FIFA's 125 Greatest Living Players in 2004. He also admitted it was a decade-long development for Germany. His opinion holds just a little weight. Being selected by a living legend and all.
And to be fair, Argentina didn't lose everything. CBS Sports's Mike Singer reports Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball, making him a the tournament's top player, in "World Cup awards: Messi Golden Ball, Rodriguez Golden Boot, Neur Golden Glove." Meanwhile Colombia's James Rodriguez scored the Golden Boot after scoring 6 goals—one more than German Thomas Müller. But top keeper had to go to Germany's Manuel Neuer seeing as his team won and still managed to keep Messi from scoring.
Celebrations at Brandenburg Gate. View from Hotel Adlon Kempinski, Berlin. Congratulations Germany. Well deserved. pic.twitter.com/NBh1zAsLHv— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) July 13, 2014
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