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Is Bayern set for a poor post World Cup season?

Bayern has historically not played a good season after a World Cup. Will they be able to march to a third consecutive Bundesliga title in the 2014-15 season?
World Cups are not kind to Bayern; the stars of the club after all make up the spine of the German national side. Bayern players have a history of struggling following international tournaments (the exception being Euro 2012). Following the 2006 World Cup, Bayern suffered in the 2006-07 season. They finished fourth, outside the UEFA Champions League spots (the Bundesliga did not...

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Is Mario Götze's future set to change at Bayern?

Despite his success at Dortmund, Mario Götze found it very difficult to break into Bayern's starting line up last season. Will he do so this season, especially following Toni Kroos' departure?
Mario Götze is undoubtedly a brilliant player. He is after all a man who scored the winning goal in a World Cup Final. Yet, at club level, young Mario has seemingly stalled. He found the net quite often last season but his performances for Bayern led Pep Guardiola to bench him. He seemed to drift in and out of matches. There were many games in which Götze's presence was...

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Germany's Captaincy Debate

Philipp Lahm has officially stepped down; Germany needs a new captain but a natural replacement might not be easy to find.
Philipp Lahm's departure from the German national setup has caused another problem aside from the lack of a natural successor for the right back slot. Joachim Löw, much like what he had to do prior to the 2010 World Cup, must pick a captain. It was widely suspected that Miroslav Klose might take over, having captained the side unofficially in Ballack's absence many times. However, Löw...

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Diminutive, Quiet, Assured Captain Philipp Lahm Closes the Book on his International Career

Saturday July 19 2014,

Tags: Germany, Philipp Lahm, World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup 2014, Bayern,

Philipp Lahm has stepped down suddenly at the age of 30. Captain Lahm has not always been the most popular person in his country; however, he clearly makes the difference.
In late 2009, Philipp Lahm was fined 25,000 Euros by Bayern. The reason was one which divided the Bayern contingent. Lahm criticized his club.

He is obviously not the first player to do so. However, in an interview fuelled by his emotions and desire to win major silverware, he criticized Bayern's transfer policy. He also criticized the lack of a fixed philosophy, according to ESPN.


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Germany captain Philipp Lahm, aged 30, retires from international football

Less than a week after guiding die Mannschaft to World Cup glory, German national team captain Philipp Lahm has called an end to his international career
Die Mannschaft captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football, calling an end to his 10-year love affair with the German national team.

Initially reported by German news outlet BILD (per 101 Great Goals), the 30-year-old Bayern Munich defender wishes to end his international career on a high and has decided now is the best time to hang up his boots, a revelation confirmed...

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Christoph Kramer Forces the "Concussion Debate"

His team won the World Cup but he does not remember the first half. He watched the match in a dazed state. He played for the first half hour too. Kramer's problem has reignited an age old debate.
Nicola Rizzoli had a concerned expression etched across his face as he walked up to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He needed to deliver an important message. He felt Christoph Kramer's time was up. He had to leave the pitch.

Why did Rizzoli feel so? After all, Kramer was not the first player to return back to the pitch following a head injury. Alvaro Pereira of Uruguay and Javier...

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July 2014 Fifa rankings - World Cup champions Germany climb to No.1 spot

After clinching the trophy in Brazil, Germany top Fifa's latest world rankings, followed by Argentina, whilst Spain drop to eighth
The latest Fifa world rankings are out, and they come shortly after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil came to an end, a tournament which saw European giants Germany win a fourth trophy, their first since 1990. Die Mannschaft, the first European nation to win football's greatest prize on South American soil, see themselves reach the summit of the Fifa rankings after beating Argentina 1-0 in the final, making...

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Toni Kroos Proves His Worth To Bayern by Moving to Madrid

Toni Kroos' affair with Bayern was bound to end poorly; what started as a promising adventure is set to end after eight long years of expectation, love, pain and distrust.
Thus, yet another long drawn story is inevitably coming to its probable end. Kroos and Bayern have come to the point where they cannot accept each other with open arms. The two are parting ways. Kroos has shown everything ironically which Bayern had wanted him to show previously. He has shown grit, determination and courage to push a deal to Real Madrid through. Bayern, meanwhile, have only themselves...

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WIR SIND WELTMEISTER! Selfies and best celebrations after Germany's 2014 World Cup win

After 24 years, Germany finally have won their fourth World Cup, and the players were happy to put on a good show for their delighted fans in the nation's capital.
On July 13th, Germany finally achieved what they had been searching for for over two decades--their fourth World Cup trophy.

Die Mannschaft became the first European side to ever win the iconic prize in South America, and even more impressively easily dispatched hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals en route to defeating another South American powerhouse--Lionel Messi's Argentina--thanks to a...

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Scolari resigns after Brazil's disappointing World Cup campaign

After many called for his sacking, Luiz Felipe Scolari steps down as Brazil manager
The Brazilian Football Confederation (BFC) has confirmed that Luiz Felipe Scolari has tended his resignation as Brazil coach, a move widely supported by the Selecao fans after Brazil's humiliating crash out of the 2014 World Cup.

It is rumoured that Scolari resigned early Monday morning in the wake of Brazil's whopping 1-7 loss to Germany and a 0-3 thrashing by Netherlands in the semi-finals...

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Footballing world left in shock as Lionel Messi wins World Cup Golden Ball award

Many were left in shock at the sight of Argentine captain Lionel Messi clinching the 2014 World Cup Golden Ball award after losing 1-0 to Germany in the final
Lionel Messi was awarded the Golden Ball award for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Barcelona ace led his country throughout the competition, shaking off the disappointing 2010 campaign as he scored 4 goals in the three group stage matches.

And even though his contribution dipped afterwards, the 27-year-old still played an integral part in La Albiceleste's road to the final, grabbing...

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Messi wins Golden Ball, Neuer collects Golden Gloves, as Germany clinch the trophy

Lionel Messi didn't leave the 2014 World Cup in Brazil empty-handed as the Argentine clinched the tournament's Golden Ball award
The 2014 World Cup in Brazil has reached it's climax.

A European giants Germany won the fourth trophy in their history, their first since 1990, after 24 years of failures and frustrations.

A 113 minute goal from Mario Gotze secured the trophy for Die MAnnschaft as their 22-year-old ace doomed Argentina to a 1-0 loss, walkng away in vain as La Albiceleste's World Cup trophy drought.


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LIVE stream: Germany vs Argentina team sheets - World Cup 2014 Final

We take a quick look at the two finalists of the FIFA World Cup one last time before the teams kick off at the Maracana.
For the third time in the history of the most illustrious competition in football, if not World Sport, Germany and Argentina will meet in the Final. These two teams are meeting each other for the third time in a row as well, with Germany having won on penalties in the quarterfinal in 2006 and 4-0 in the quarterfinal of 2010.

As far as the Finals are concerned, Argentina won the one...

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World Cup Final: Daring Neuer or heroic Romero - which keeper will save the day?

Manuel Neuer has been nothing short of a rock at the back for Germany in this World Cup. Sergio Romero has also quietly done well. Both of these keepers will have to be at their best to help their team win the World Cup at the Maracana.
Sergio Romero had seen very little action at club level coming into the World Cup. Manuel Neuer had also not seen much action. The reasons though are very different. Romero spent much of the past season sitting on the bench. 

Neuer stood in goal for almost all of Bayern's matches; yet due to the Bavarians' dominance in most matches, he had very little to do. Neuer had to endure...

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World Cup Final TV listings: Germany vs Argentina LIVE stream – watch on July 13, 2014

Here’s where to stream Germany vs Argentina live on July 13, 2014. Brace yourself for what could be the best ever FIFA World Cup Final match as Lionel Messi faces the monstrous German machine!
Having not found the net in the knockout stages of the competition, La Pulga remains behind Colombia’s James Rodriguez and Germany’s Thomas Mueller in the World Cup Golden Boot chart. However, a hat-trick could see him claim the prize at the delight of his supporters who can’t wait to witness signature moves from their idol.

Sunday’s encounter will not be enormous for...

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LIVE stream: World Cup 2014 Closing Ceremony with Shakira – Where to watch on July 13

Watch the World Cup 2014 Closing Ceremony on July 13th. Live stream links are available here. Shakira will lead a host of international artists ahead of the Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final.
World Cup 2014 Closing Ceremony: Date, Time, Performers & TV Listings

Alexandre Pires, Carlos Santana and Wyclef Jean will perform the Official Anthem of the 2014 FIFA World Cup entitled ‘Dar Um Jeito’. Pires will also join Brazilian superstar Ivete Sangalo to sing a medley of popular local songs.

Alongside Carlinhos Brown, Shakira will perform the much loved song, ‘La...

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World Cup 2014 Final: Will 'full of themselves' Germany finish off Argentina or be shocked?

Sunday July 13 2014,

Tags: World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup, Germany, Argentina

Germany will have a chance to bring the coveted crown back home after 24 long years but will have to overcome a major hurdle in the form of Argentina.
Germany produced the performance of a life time as they condemned hosts Brazil to a crushing 7-1 defeat in the semifinal of the competition. The atmosphere in the German camp is expected to be buoyant but it is important Joachim Löw’s men do not get ahead of themselves since the job has not been completed as yet.

The German national team has often been nicknamed as the “bridesmaids&rdquo...

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Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014 Final: How Sabella must use Messi

Sunday July 13 2014,

Tags: World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup, Germany, Argentina, Messi

In Lionel Messi Argentina have a real match winner who can produce a moment of brilliance to help his team clinch the World Cup crown. However it is important that Sabella uses his star man wisely to get the best out of him.
Just like the whole of Argentina relied on Maradona to deliver when La Albiceleste faced West Germany in the World Cup final back in 1986, the entire nation will now be looking for Lionel Messi to make the difference in arguably the biggest game of his footbaling career.

The Barcelona star has often been criticized for failing to replicate his club form for his national team however this time...

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Five reasons why Messi's Argentina deserve to lift the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Sunday July 13 2014,

Tags: World Cup 2014, FIFA World Cup, Germany, Argentina

Messi will lead Argentina to their fourth ever World Cup final as they go up against the tournament’s favorites Germany on Sunday the 13th of July.
The two nations have twice competed with one another in a World Cup final once in 1986 and then again four years later in Italy. Maradona’s Argentina won the first clash whereas it was Germany who were successful when the two sides met at Rome in the World Cup Final in 1990.

La Albiceleste now have the chance to clinch the coveted crown for a third time but victory will not come easy since...

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World Cup 2014 Final: Germany-Argentina head-to-head & 10 records that could be set

We take a look at the head to head between the two finalists of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the records they can set when they face each other.
Head to Head Record:

Played: 20

Wins: Germany 6; Argentina 9


1) Germany will add to their tally of final appearances:

Germany will be walking out to contest an eighth World Cup final at the Maracana on Sunday, more than any other nation. They were previously tied with Brazil on seven final appearance.

2) Thomas Müller can become the...

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