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World Cup Daily Digest: July 14th

After 64 memorable games, the end of the tournament is here!

Matthias Hangst
Germany 1 - Argentina 0 (AET)

Mario Gotze scored the only goal as Germany become the first European team to win the World Cup in South American soil. Argentina failed to register an attempt on target throughout 120 minutes.

Brazil 0 - Netherlands 3

Back to back defeat for the host, as Netherlands secured the 3rd place thanks to goals from Robin van Persie, Daley Blind, and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Awards Galore

Several awards were handed out after the tournament:

Golden Ball: Lionel Messi. Despite falling at the last obstacle, Messi won the best player of the tournament award after helping his side to their first World Cup final in 24 years.

Golden Boot: James Rodriguez. Had his team went further, he probably would also won the Golden Ball, but with 6 goals in 5 games, Rodriguez is the top scorer of the 2014 World Cup.

Golden Glove: Manuel Neuer. Not only was he the best goalkeeper, he's arguably the best sweeper of the tournament with his commanding display in and out of the penalty box.

Best Young Player: Paul Pogba. The French midfielder was voted as the best young player in Brazil over fellow teammate Raphael Varane and Dutchman Memphis Depay.

"Joy will remain forever" - Low

Joachim Low said that his joy and happiness at winning the World Cup will remain forever, while also praising Jurgen Klinsmann for revitalizing the national team after their Euro 2004 misery.

Low also revealed what he told match-winner Mario Gotze before entering the field as a substitute in the 88th minute:

"OK, show the world you are better than Messi and can decide the World Cup,"

Sabella praises his "warriors"

Alejandro Sabella believes that his players can be proud of their effort as they have given everything in the field. He also declined to comment on his future citing that he "needs to rest".

Scolari resigns from Brazil post

After losing to Germany in the semifinal that equals Brazil's heaviest defeat, and then losing to Netherlands in the 3rd/4th place playoffs, Luiz Felipe Scolari has handed his resignation though his contract is set to expire after the tournament.

Fred retires from Brazil

After a disappointing World Cup campaign, Fred has decided to retire from international football. The 30-year old has 15 goals in 33 appearances.

Goalkeeper Julio Cesar has also signaled that he has played his last game for Brazil, in order to give a chance for other goalkeepers.