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In 2014, it was a group of 23 German footballers who lay siege to Brazil over a period of a month, finally seizing victory and the World Cup dismissing all opposition especially the two Latin American colossi, Brazil and Argentina.
At last, reunified Germany had its hands on the coveted trophy and the celebrations continue.
Mario Gotze scored the winning goal against Argentina in the 113th minute in spectacular fashion. It was but fitting that the goal that sealed the final was a classic beauty. The exhilarating goal-fest of a tourney ended in stellar style.
The best team triumphed. Lionel Messi, arguably the best player in the world, was disconsolate despite the Golden Ball award.
Messi could not carry his early form into the knockout rounds and his strike partners were much too wayward.
Jubilation for Germany and its fans; a tragedy for Brazil and Argentina.
The world awaits the next edition of the World Cup in Russia.