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OK, trying to answer the initial thread question:

I think the final was a metaphore for the whole thing, from preparations til last night. It was exhausting and tense, with some rough or even foul play, and it needed to get into extra time and almost to the last minute until everything was done. But then a great party could start.

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There were calls for a verdict thread, as it has become tradition on this board, so here it comes - since I can't sleep anyway. I know this is a difficult situation for the host country Brazil - but

The execution of the tournament was faultless. The play on the field exhilarating. It was a great month of football. Brazil should take pride in its accomplishment and now be able to focus on Rio 2016

So here we go: Brazil did a fantastic job! All stadiums look very nice, some better (Salvador,Brasilia,Natal) some a bit "boring" (Cuiabá,Curitiba). The atmosphere was amazing! Specially when Americ

he watched all 2,500 games on youtube, duh.

i mean, hasn't everyone?

:D

LOL.

...of course, what wasn't I thinking!

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Interested to see how the "worlds biggest sporting event" and especially the final somehow managed to get a streaker. Like security what the hell? And also read about the protests outside the stadium and rioting throughout the tournament which was a shame to hear. But completely understand where they were coming from, Brazilians can't get basic healthcare and millions are in poverty and they spent the money on a world cup.

Other than that, they were prepared in time, the matches were great and yeah, well done Brazil.

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What worries? Brazil World Cup scores high

By GERALD IMRAY

Published: Today

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Brazil's World Cup organizers can say it now: "Esta tudo bem" - it's all OK. What was everyone so worried about?

After being plagued by doubts over whether the stadiums would be ready and stay standing, and if Brazil's people would join in the fun or try to spoil it, their tournament is a winner. Even if the Brazilian team fell disastrously short.

Memorable games, fantastic goals and, overall, one joyous monthlong party from Copacabana beach to the Amazon jungle will be the story of Brazil 2014. The Associated Press takes a look back at the World Cup, rated as one of the best in years despite pre-event worries it could be one of the most shambolic.

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THE GAMES:

They were great and the flavor of the football sweetened this World Cup. The goals flew in, giving the tournament a very healthy goal total and game average. The quality was high as well: Robin van Persie's diving header for the Netherlands, Lionel Messi's moments of magic for Argentina and James Rodriguez's audacious turn-and-volley for Colombia will be remembered for World Cups to come.

And what about some of the results? The Dutch beating defending champion Spain 5-1. Little Costa Rica making the quarterfinals. And, even if devastated Brazil fans are desperate to forget it, Germany's 7-1 dismantling of the home team in the semifinals - an awesome display of power and precision.

Apparently, the world was watching too: TV companies in the United States reported record viewing figures for a World Cup, some a 100 percent rise on previous tournaments. FIFA says there were more tweets from across the globe about the Brazil-Germany game than any sports event ever.

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THE STADIUMS:

One of the two biggest headaches for Brazil coming into the World Cup. Ultimately, the stadiums weren't perfect, but they worked out. Chronic delays, accidents and worker deaths marred the construction of some of the 12 venues used across the vast country and at some, like Sao Paulo's Itaquerao Stadium, temporary seating had to be brought in.

But that didn't detract from the football, and unlike South Africa last time, the stadiums were pretty much full to the brim. At FIFA's last count, Brazil's average attendance was set to be the second-highest in tournament history behind only the U.S. in 1994.

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SECURITY & ORGANIZATION:

FIFA and Brazilian organizers were given a rude awakening when nearly 100 Chile fans broke into Rio de Janeiro's Maracana Stadium - the showpiece arena - ahead of a group game and rampaged through a media room, breaking down walls and causing havoc. The incident was deeply embarrassing.

But widespread and violent street protests - the organizers' other main worry alongside the unfinished stadiums - never happened. Fears of a repeat of the outbursts of anger that overshadowed last year's Confederations Cup, when over 1 million people took to the streets on one day, were misplaced. There were small protests but they were marginal to the World Cup. More than 25,000 police and soldiers secured Sunday's final, the biggest security detail in Brazilian history. There was no messing around.

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TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE:

It should be remembered that Brazil broke many of its World Cup promises. When the country was awarded hosting rights in 2007, politicians vowed that $8 billion would be spent on 56 construction projects, including new airports, subway lines and other infrastructure. Fewer than 10 were completed in time for the tournament. Among those delayed was a road overpass in the host city of Belo Horizonte, which collapsed during the World Cup killing two people.

The sometimes rickety existing metro systems in the biggest cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro did hold up, however, carrying supporters to stadiums without any major problems. The roads all over were often clogged but that's an old Brazilian issue and fans just learned to give themselves more time to get to those games.

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THE FAN EXPERIENCE:

Unique. On those days when their team wasn't playing, football followers could explore the huge metropolis of Sao Paulo with its 20 million-plus inhabitants, the golden beaches of Rio de Janeiro or the jungles of the Amazon host city of Manaus in the far north. Many did all of them over the four weeks and still had the energy for the late-night bars and restaurants and their delicious but lethal Caipirinha sugar cane cocktails. Visitors did complain about muggings and credit card fraud, though. Some tourists may have also been surprised by the prices. A great experience, but not always a cheap one.

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JUST ONE THING: WHERE WAS PELE?

You can't say football, World Cup or Brazil without also saying Pele, the greatest player that's lived and the country's favorite son. And yet the three-time World Cup winner was a rare sight at the first showcase on his home soil in 64 years, the first since the great man was a nine-year-old kid dreaming of playing at football's main event.

The star of the show for the closing ceremony should have been an obvious choice. Instead, organizers chose Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen to accompany former Spain international Carles Puyol in bringing the gold trophy out onto the field at the Maracana for the final. It should have been Pele, who has lifted the World Cup more times than anyone else and is probably the biggest reason why Brazil is the spiritual home of football.

AP

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Look Danny, I thought that Me and You sorted our issues? I'm simply giving my perspective like everybody else is on how the Fifa World Cup was. You don't need to keep picking out bad points on Me about England or bad points out about LDOG about Argentina. It's silly to be honest. I never laughed or made fun out of You after Brazil's 7-1 loss. They might of, but I didn't. Just accept that Germany Won and don't keep picking out on people. I hope we are still ok.

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Look Danny, I thought that Me and You sorted our issues? I'm simply giving my perspective like everybody else is on how the Fifa World Cup was. You don't need to keep picking out bad points on Me about England or bad points out about LDOG about Argentina. It's silly to be honest. I never laughed or made fun out of You after Brazil's 7-1 loss. They might of, but I didn't. Just accept that Germany Won and don't keep picking out on people. I hope we are still ok.

Yes, I wasn't even talkning to you lately.

You can give your perspective about whatever you want, but, as many here already said. Think twice before posting, re-read your comment before press the button send. It'll be good to you.

I'm not picking out any points about England. There is nothing to talk about England for weeks already.

LDOG provoked a lot and I'm sure you are not his lawyer, so, please, don't join a fight that is not yours.

To be defeated by 7-1 is always sad, but life goes on, buddy. It's now two sad episodes to Brazil against 5 World Cup titles. We have more to celebrate than to be sad, I guess.

About Germany, I couldn't be happier with their victory.

Of course, one of the reason is: they defeated Argentina, but apart of it, they came to Brazil and made a lot of events with local people, donate money for an indigenous tribe, not to mention all those messages in Portuguese during all World Cup saying "Obrigado" to us Brazilians. As we said last week: "It's impossible to not get along with so nice people like the German team".

PS: Not to metion, they even changed their away kit to something very similar to Flamengo club from Rio. I lived in Flamengo during my childhood, Germans would get my support only because of it.

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Yes, I wasn't even talkning to you lately.

You can give your perspective about whatever you want, but, as many here already said. Think twice before posting, re-read your comment before press the button send. It'll be good to you.

I'm not picking out any points about England. There is nothing to talk about England for weeks already.

LDOG provoked a lot and I'm sure you are not his lawyer, so, please, don't join a fight that is not yours.

To be defeated by 7-1 is always sad, but life goes on, buddy. It's now two sad episodes to Brazil against 5 World Cup titles. We have more to celebrate than to be sad, I guess.

About Germany, I couldn't be happier with their victory.

Of course, one of the reason is: they defeated Argentina, but apart of it, they came to Brazil and made a lot of events with local people, donate money for an indigenous tribe, not to mention all those messages in Portuguese during all World Cup saying "Obrigado" to us Brazilians. As we said last week: "It's impossible to not get along with so nice people like the German team".

PS: Not to metion, they even changed their away kit to something very similar to Flamengo club from Rio. I lived in Flamengo during my childhood, Germans would get my support only because of it.

Ok fair enough. Your argument with LDOG is between You and LDOG. Glad we don't have any issues. :)

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So here we go:

Brazil did a fantastic job! All stadiums look very nice, some better (Salvador,Brasilia,Natal) some a bit "boring" (Cuiabá,Curitiba).

The atmosphere was amazing! Specially when American teams played. Not a single f****** Vuvuzela! Make noise with your hands and mouth!

It all looked very nice on TV.

The game itself developed to a beautiful offensive play, not like the last 3 WC.

The referees......well let´s not talk about that. ;)

What surprised me:

The unexpected rise of the CONCACAF Teams.

The unexpected fail of some big European teams like England,Spain,Portugal and even Bosnia. (I expected they surely reach the R16)

The unexpected massive fail of the Asian teams! All out on rank 4 in their group, with only Australia in a strong group.

What not surprised me:

-The expected rise of the South American teams, specially Colombia.

-The expected fail of the African teams. As long as there are players like Eto´o who have more power than the coach and as long as there are problems with bonus payments, African teams will never win anything on world stage.

-The performance of Brazil. I think the pressure was just too high and Scolari relied too much on Neymar. What had happened if Neymar got a second yellow card before the game against Chile? But I also think that they will make the right choices now.

-The performance of my own team. Never expected them to win this title. But during the France game I really calmed down. I had the feeling that they won´t lose this match. I don´t know why, may be because they played a lot more physical than in the recent past. (But that means not that I had a calm final :lol: )

Until Götze scored the goal I was complaining and thought they will screw this again.

My knees still hurt from falling on them after the goal, I was dancing with my 8 year old son (his feet didn´t touch the ground), we blow up some fireworks before some fireworks nearly blow us up (one of this cake fireworks exploded just a few meters above the ground filling our garden with stars)

AND FINALLY me and my friends sung David Hasselhoffs "Looking for freedom"

All will never be forgotten and I really looking forward to Rio 2016.

Obrigado Brasil!

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It´s only because of that meme with the Pope on the upper side ("So the Pope is on your side" written on it)

and David Hasselhoff with a football in black-red-gold below ("Bitch please! written on it)

Can´t find it now but that´s the reason for "Looking for freedom" :lol:

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