The history books will show that Germany won the 2014 World Cup 1-0 in extra time over Argentina, becoming the first European team to win the trophy on South American soil and denying Argentine star Lionel Messi the one achievement that is missing from his incredible résumé.
But there were plenty of other winners and losers at this monthlong tournament, starting with host Brazil.
Brazil the host was a winner, defying naysayers who predicted this country might love soccer more than any other, but it did not have the infrastructure or public support to pull off a sporting event of this magnitude. They were wrong. Brazil’s World Cup worked and will go down in history as one of the most exciting in recent memory.
Brazil the team, however, ended the tournament in shame. The Jogo Bonito was officially laid to rest in Belo Horizonte last Tuesday, after an embarrassing 7-1 loss to Germany, and the 3-0 loss to Netherlands in the third-place game confirmed that something is very wrong with Brazilian soccer.
Even before poster boy Neymar went out with a back injury, the team was struggling. Its dream was to finally win a World Cup at Maracana. Instead, it had to watch rival Argentina and Germany steal its stage.
Here are some other winners and losers from Brazil 2014:Winner: Costa Rica. Loser: Spain. Winner: Brazilian pineapple, mango, papaya, bananas and hearts of palm ( palmitas). Moqueqa