7 things we'll miss from SWC 2014

Cape Town - Brazil 2014 will go down in history as one of the best World Cups in history as a sensational month of soccer draws to a close.

The pre-tournament drama was quickly forgotten as soon as Brazil kicked off the 2014 edition of the Soccer World Cup as the off-field drama was replaced by some incredible action on the field.

Sport24 highlights the 7 things that will be hard to erase from the memory:

1. The Referee's spray can

A novel idea to keep intruding defenders away from a free-kick was a big hit amongst the fans as FIFA's latest innovation got a big thumbs up from the fans. 

Look out for the ref's and their white spray can as they will be back in action during the Champions League. 

2. The underdogs

Costa Rica, Chile and Colombia!

This trio provided many of the highlights as they swept aside many of the much more fancied sides. Everyone got behind these sides as they attempting to go the distance in Brazil.

3. Luis Suarez

First, he scored two goals against England to eliminate the country where he (used to!) plays domestically and then came his "nibble" on Giorgio Chillieni. 

He's a sensational player and a sensational headline maker.

Long live Luis Suarez.

4. Team USA

If a team could win a prize for filling a nation with hope and giving "110%" then Team USA would win the Gold, Silver and Bronze.

The American crowd was amazing from start to finish and we're hoping for even bigger things come Russia 2018. Jurgen Klinsmann's sick note was top quality.

5. GOALS! GOALS! GOALS!

As fans of the beautiful game, we loved the goals all 171 goals of the World Cup finals.

None more so than James Rodriguez's beautiful strike against Uruguay. Or was it Robin Van Persie's swallow diving header against Spain. Equaling the tally of France 1998, the 2014 edition will be remembered as World Cup of goals. 

6. Goalkeeper heroics!

Who was the best goalkeeper in Brazil? Tim Howard? Keylor Navas? Manuel Neuer?

Despite the insane amount of goals, Brazil was also a showpiece event for the shot stoppers. Don't forget Tim Krul being subbed on specifically for the shoot-out against Costa Rica and saving two penalties.

7. THAT game.

Our last and seventh reason why we won't forget Brazil 2014.

Germany 7 - 1 Brazil.

A game that was over by the 30th minute will go down as one of the all time classics. Pundits and fans alike failed to gather the words to correctly described the mayhem in Belo Horizonte as the hosts were positively crushed by a rampant Germany.

11' - Muller, 23' - Klose, 24'- Kroos, 26' Kroos, 29' Khedira, 69' Schurrle and 79' Schurrle. WOW!

Until Russia 2018...






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