It had to be, didn’t it?
Bastian Schweinsteiger holds aloft the FIFA World Cup won by Germany for the fourth time and the first since the unification of the country.
It took extra-time to split the two nations but Germany probably deserved it in the end having pressed for most of the game and dominating possession. Was it a classic final? Not really but it was pretty engrossing stuff. Was it a classic tournament? Absolutely.
Brazil can be proud of themselves in hosting one of the best World Cups ever and providing people with a colourful and positive tournament, despite many of the worries beforehand.
Germany look set to ‘do a Spain’ and dominate international football for a few years. Their team is still young enough and they have the infrastructure in place to push on from this victory.
As for Argentina and Messi? Well it is harsh to say that Messi cannot achieve greatness without winning the World Cup. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented footballers in history and it is unfortunate that he plays for Argentina during a time when the national squad is missing that extra edge they need.
I am not done yet, and there are still a few things to be said about the World Cup. So there might be a few posts later about many of the things that have happened over the past month…