2014 FIFA World Cup: Top Five Teams
The 2014 FIFA World Cup might be considered as the best among the previous editions till date. The tournament kick started on June 6 and became history few hours ago with the Germans getting the better of Argentina in the finals. Among the 32 teams participated in the tournament, only a few teams stood out among others. Here is a list of the Top Five teams in the tournament.
Eventual World Champions Germany were by far the best team in the tournament. The Germans were on marauding form and thrashed each and every thing that came their way. They were at their brutal best in their tournament opener against Portugal and in their 7-1 win in the semi-finals against Brazil. They played as a team and stood out among the other teams in the tournament.
Even before the tournament started, Argentina were favourites to reach the finals. The started the tournament on a strong note by winning all their three matches in the group stages and looked threatening for the further matches in the knock outs. Argentina’s defence which was considered their weak link before the tournament had started turned out to be one of the talking points of the World Cup. They conceded only one goal in their knockout stages which proved to be very costly for the South Americans.
The eventual third place winners, Netherlands almost repeated their performances from South Africa four years ago where they reached the Finals. Courtesy their manager Louis Van Gaal and some brilliant performances from Arjen Robben. The Dutch managed to reach the semis, the tournament in which no one gave them a chance of getting past the quarters. They couldn’t get past the actual runners Argentina in the semis which halted their brilliant run in the tournament. They played as a unit throughout the tournament and were at their brutal best in their opener against Spain, the match they won 5-1.
Colombia might have got knocked out in the quarters by Brazil, but they impressed everyone with their attacking style of play. Inspite of the absence of their strikers Radamel Falcao and Luis Muriel, the young Colombian brigade stepped up and made their nation proud. The stars for them were James Rodriguez who won the golden boot by scoring six goals in the tournament along with his teammate Juan Cuadrado led the assists charts with 4 and the duo can be termed as the best attacking combination in the World Cup. The Colombians never looked out of sorts throughout the tournament including the quarter finals against Brazil.
Costa Rica might have scripted their own success story of the tournament. Pitted in the Group of Death alongside three football giants England, Italy and Uruguay, they transformed themselves into giant killers as they finished the group as winners with wins against Uruguay, Italy and a goalless draw against England. In the pre quarters, they gave everything they could have to score a winner against Greece in the extra time but won the match in Penalties. In the quarters against the Dutch, they fought hard till the end and took the game to the penalties where they lost the game and thus by bringing their spirited performances to an end.