52 in 52: watch the World Cup final

“52 in 52″ is a list of things that I would like to complete throughout 2014. Click here to the whole list.

And the winner is, ZE GERMANS!

I can't help but look at that logo and imagine someone face palming themselves. I guess if it was blue and yellow you could almost say it was Brazil, disappointed over their 7-1 loss. Or all of the South American's for finally letting a European team win for the first time in South American territory.

What a great tournament.

I have to admit, I found this morning's final quite boring. The goal, when finally scored, was incredible though. Amazing control.

If you haven't seen it, this replay will help you:

(I'm actually really disappointed I didn't discover those videos earlier)

So now the withdrawls set in, where I realise I have no more matches to look forward to. I have no reason to get up and get out of bed at stupid o'clock. There's no more living through my phone playing games on my desk at work, or interrupting a meeting to announce that someone had scored.

I have months before the beautiful game comes to my telly again with the start of the A-League season…that's forever away!

I missed a chunk of the tournament due to being overseas and not having easy access to a television, but in the limited amount my favourite memories of the 2014 tournament would be:

  • That Timmy Cahill goal
  • Looking away from the scoreboard for 5mins and Germany scoring an insane number of goals against Brazil
  • The controversy around Suarez – I'm a Liverpool supporter so that hurt!
  • Supporting a team going into the competition with a country that struggled to believe in them, and having them exceed beyond all expectation
  • Accordingly, feeling very excited for the future
  • Seeing how many more people talk about soccer/football now
  • Watching the World Cup take the headlines of the local news site – soccer never gets that attention
  • Netherlands v Costa Rica penalties – strategy and skill, wow
  • Going out at midnight while on holidays in Lombok to find somewhere playing the Australian match, finding somewhere, meeting friends, trying not to fall asleep on the bar, being surrounded by about 20 others doing the same

It's been great to watch, and I'm sad it's over.

Did anyone else watch the World Cup? What's your favourite memories from the tournament?