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Journey to the 2014 World Cup

Four years ago, I didn’t have a favourite team to support. But by the end of that journey, I had fallen in love with how a few teams played – 2 of them were Germany and Netherlands. Especially Germany. Did you remember how they did in South Africa? AWESOME! And they got third place.
So understandably, I came into this year’s Cup consciously supporting Germany.
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And they sure didn’t dissapoint did they?! πŸ˜€
They are now in the brink of winning the Cup in a few hours! Against Argentina.
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Regardless what happens in the Finals, they’re pretty much guaranteed my support for the next four years and beyond. πŸ™‚ #GoGermany #worldcup2014
But before that, let’s recap this amazingly-unpredictable journey this year!
It began on 13 June (exactly a month ago)…32 nations…
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GROUP STAGES
And the very first match was Brazil (host) vs Croatia.
The host won…
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But penalties and an own goal…I wasn’t convinced.
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And the first shocker this World Cup:
Spain (the champion 4 years ago in South Africa) lost. BADLY. 5-1!
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I expected a tight match between defending-title holders and a strong team like Netherlands but that was not the case.
 
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And then it was England & Italy’s turn…
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And Japan to play first representing Asia!
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And then Argentina & Bosnia-Herzegovina
 
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And then the match I was looking forward to – Germany’s first group match.
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Easy win againt Portugal (who supposedly had the world’s best player???) who were having an off-day.
Next Asian rep, Korea!
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Korea vs Russia…and Brazil still not convincing against Belgium. Hhmm…
Then came the next group match for Netherlands.
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Again, an impressive game by Oranje…and again, a shocking performance by Spain.
 
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Also an “ugly” sight in football – headbutting – especially against your own teammate. WTH?
But there were already pretty interesting things noted from the matches thus far:
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And a famous doppelganger!
Haaaaaave you met Ted?
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How I Met Your Mother’s Ted Mosby has a doppelganger – and his name is Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa!
And he’s an excellent goalkeeper too!
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Japan tied with Greece in their next group match…
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And Costa Rica makes it into the Knockout Stages! Against Italy.
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The Swiss vs France match was inspiring…
 
 
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And apart from doppelgangers, there were half-brothers too!
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Iran was impressive…
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Iran’s goalkeeper Amir Begovic
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But Argentina moves on to the Knockout Stages.
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Ghana was impressive too against Germany but of course, Germany won.
And Portugal…again, disappointing.
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And then, when you thought headbutts were ugly, there came a man named Luis Suarez (Uruguay)
 
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Yup. He totally clouded the achievement of Uruguay going into the Knockout Stages.
And whilst Germany & USA book their spot in the Knockout Stages, Portugal (obviously) & Ghana was heading home…
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And then there were 16…
 
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KNOCKOUT STAGES
It’s 1 chance or go home now and 16 remaining nations fought for their spot in the Semi-finals.
The host Brazil was the first in after beating Chile in a penalty shoot-out, joined by Colombia with Uruguay leaving to join their teammate Luis Suarez back home.
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I just really don’t like penalty shoot-outs!
And the Argentina vs Switzerland match was meme-convenient hehe:
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Mexico & Ochoa had to leave…after a last minute goal by Oranje.
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And Germany make it through against Algeria – albeit it took longer than expected.
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And then, there were 8…
THE LAST 8
 
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Germany again made it through against France. Woohoo!
 
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And something funny during that match too…
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(Find out later that somehow Mueller is related to Malaysia. I have no comment.)
Next, Brazil books the Semi against Germany…but without 2 important people:
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Neymar & Silva would not be playing…to catastrophic results against Germany! (But I’m getting slighted ahead of myself)
And Netherlands vs Costa Rica wasn’t as straight forward as most (including me) thought!
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But a Krul-fate befell the Costa Ricans and Netherlands live to fight another day!
And then, there were 4…
THE LAST 4
 
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When Netherlands defeated Spain 5-1 was shocking. Who ever thought there was a match that would be even more shocking?! And at a Semi-Final at that!
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Germany went on to defeat Brazil (host) 7-1!!!
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And Klose broke the world record too:
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Yup
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Germany impresses on and off the field.
And while the first semi-final was over by 20+mins…the second one between Netherlands and Argentina went completely the other extreme – to a penalty shoot-out!
Again, I JUST DON’T LIKE PENALTY SHOOT-OUTS!!!
And this time, Luck ran out for the Dutch… πŸ™
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So yup, it would be a Germany vs Argentina Final!!!
I had hoped it would be Germany vs Netherlands cos they’re my 2 favourite teams but I guess at least now I don’t have the dilemma of which team to support.
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Or do I???
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Say what now? LOL!
But actually no, there was never a doubt of which team I supported. Even if they had played against Netherlands, Germany is still #1 for me. πŸ˜€
Finals happening in a few hours!!! *excited*
Meanwhile earlier this morning…
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Netherlands secures 3rd place defeating Brazil…this time with Silva.
Not as shocking…but I do pity Brazil as host.
But yes, it all comes down to the Finals tonight/early tomorrow morning!!! #GoGermany
And signing off…This is me the whole month:
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But TOTALLY worth it. πŸ˜‰

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