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Messi didn’t deserve Golden Ball— Maradona

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ALL FOR EAGLETS — Diego Armando Maradona looks on during the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013 Semi Final match between Sweden and Nigeria at Al Rashid Stadium yesterday.

“I’d give Lio the sky, but when it’s not deserved and it’s just marketers who want to make him win something he didn’t win, it’s unfair,” Maradona said Sunday after Argentina lost the World Cup final to Germany 1-0.

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Pope Francis skipped World Cup final to stay ‘neutral’

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Newly elected Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

Pope Francis did not watch his native Argentina play Germany in the World Cup final as “a matter of neutrality,” the Vatican’s chief of ceremonies Guillermo Karcher said Monday.

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Germany basks in World Cup win as Goetze sinks Argentina

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Germany basked in the glory of their fourth World Cup title on Monday after a nail-biting 1-0 victory against Argentina crowned them the first European team to win football’s top tournament held in South America.

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World Cup final attendance exceeds 1bn

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2013 FIFA Confederations Cup champions  Brazil after  beating Spain  3-0

The just-ended Brazil 2014 has proven to be a social, mobile FIFA World Cup as more than a billion fans were able to join in across FIFA’s official digital platforms.

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Super Mario delighted to be Germany’s World Cup winner

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Germany’s Mario Goetze said scoring the winning goal in Sunday’s World Cup final win was the crowning glory on a difficult first season following his high-profile move to Bayern Munich.

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Mix of tears, cheers and violence in Argentina

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Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) looks dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by FIFA

Argentines reacted with tears, cheers and violence after the dream of a third World Cup title slipped through their fingers Sunday, as clashes between hooligans and police ended a massive street party.

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Teamwork key to German glory, says Lahm

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WORLD CUP—Germany's forward Andre Schuerrle (C) holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after his team's victory in the final football match between Germany and Argentina for the FIFA World Cup at The Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, .   AFP PHOTO.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm hailed his side’s collective ability as they downed Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup for fourth time in Rio de Janeriro on Sunday.

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Messi squanders chance to join the greats

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Lionel Messi of Argentina (R) looks dejected after a goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final match between Germany and Argentina at Maracana on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by FIFA

Argentina’s 1-0 defeat by Germany in Sunday’s World Cup final prevented Lionel Messi, who was named Player of the Tournament, from cementing his place in the pantheon of the truly great.

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Germany beat Argentina, win World cup 2014

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Mario Goetze’s superb 113th minute volley gave Germany their fourth World Cup title and their first since they became a unified country with a 1-0 win over Lionel Messi’s Argentina at the Maracana on Sunday.

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Germany Vs Argentina: Di Maria on bench

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Germany and Argentina named unchanged teams for Sunday’s World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, with midfielder Angel di Maria on the bench for Argentina.

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FIFA to film final World Cup match in pioneering 360° Ultra HD

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FIFA says the 2014 Brazil World Cup final match production will be relayed in a 360 degree viewing experience with Ultra HD OmniCam developed by scientists.

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Obrigado! Thank You! Goodbye!!!

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It’s time to say goodbye from Brazil. After 37 days of effective coverage of the World Cup, I am happy to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you, our dear readers, for staying with your favourite Vanguard Newspapers, the Most Read Newspaper in Nigeria and the best online in Africa. I say a big thank you, too, to our sponsors –NNPC for oiling our machines throughout the World Cup.

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Brazil press wants coach out after ‘knockout’

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Brazil's coach Luiz Felipe Scolari (L) reacts during the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has to be sacked the Brazilian media said on Sunday after the national team’s disastrous World Cup campaign ended in a “knock-out” and “new humiliation.”

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Germany, Argentina historical finals

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Argentina's players cheer each other after extra time of the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

Argentina and Germany have appeared collectively in nine previous World Cup finals and two against each other. The South Americans beat West Germany to win the 1986 World Cup before the Europeans gained revenge in the final four years later.

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Pope Francis: May the best team win

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Pope Francis and his predicessor

Pope Francis yesterday indicated that he was neutral ahead of the World Cup final between his native Argentina and Germany, saying the tournament in Brazil had shown the importance of dialogue between different cultures.

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Brazil 2014 memorable moments

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Germany skewering Brazil with five goals in 19 minutes in their semifinal was the football equivalent of the scene in “Bambi” when a hunter kills the fawn’s mother. Watching such a tragedy befall the five-time champion at its home World Cup became difficult even for some German fans, who later said they just wanted the torturing of Brazil to stop.

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Dutch beat Brazil 3-0 to claim third

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A combination of file pictures shows Netherlands' striker and captain Robin van Persie (R) controlling the ball in Durban on June 28, 2010 and Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva controlling the ball in Belo Horizonte on June 28, 2014. Brazil will try to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany as they face the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia on July 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO

The Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in Saturday’s World Cup third-place play-off in Brasilia to finish the tournament unbeaten in regulation time.

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Argentina prays for Messi goals

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Argentina's forward and captain Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal during a Group F football match between Argentina and Iran at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil on June 21, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PEDRO UGARTE

Everyone in Rosario has a tale to tell about Lionel Messi, the Argentinian city’s most famous son who rivals Pope Francis as a national icon.

Messi’s link to the city has made the people of the port city doubly nervous about Sunday’s World Cup final when their country take on Germany in Rio de Janeiro. The Barcelona striker has only scored four goals in the tournament so far.

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Germany’s history boys prepare to wreck Messi dream

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A Germany side chasing a place in history will attempt to wreck Lionel Messi’s dream of a World Cup coronation with Argentina on Sunday as the month-long football carnival hits a climax at the Maracana Stadium.

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Neymar returns to watch Brazil fight for World Cup honour

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Injured Brazil star Neymar departed his team's training base in Terespolis in a helicopter on Saturday and headed home to Sao Paulo, after his World Cup ended in agony on Friday night. AFP PHOTO

Brazil striker Neymar returns to World Cup duty on Saturday when he goes to watch his humiliated teammates take on the Netherlands for third place in the tournament.

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Brazil, Netherlands seek to ease bruised pride

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Brazil's defender David Luiz (R) is consoled by Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva after losing the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

A humiliated Brazil and downhearted Netherlands challenge for third place at the World Cup on Saturday in a match that will be quickly forgotten by teams already busy looking to the future.

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Germany, Argentina plot World Cup final tactics

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A combination of file pictures shows Netherlands' striker and captain Robin van Persie (R) controlling the ball in Durban on June 28, 2010 and Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva controlling the ball in Belo Horizonte on June 28, 2014. Brazil will try to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semi-final defeat to Germany as they face the Netherlands in the third-place play-off in Brasilia on July 12, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Germany and Argentina plotted battle tactics for the World Cup final Friday as Brazil prepared for an unwanted third place play-off with the Netherlands

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‘Nothing will be the same again’, admits Scolari

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Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted on Friday that a traumatic last six weeks both on and off the field will mark him for the rest of his life.

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Ghanaian fans ask for Brazil asylum

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Some 200 Ghanaians in Brazil for the World Cup have applied to stay permanently citing religious violence back home, police confirmed Friday, as Accra dismissed the bid as baseless.

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Neymar on World Cup best player shortlist

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Brazil’s injured star Neymar is on a shortlist for the World Cup’s best player which also includes seven names from Sunday’s World Cup final between Germany and Argentina.

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Van Gaal gunning for Brazil in Brasilia

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After deep initial scepticism, Dutch coach Louis van Gaal goes into Saturday’s third place play-off determined to down hosts Brazil and end the World Cup on a high note.

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Vatican calls for global ceasefire during World Cup final

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Newly elected Pope Francis I, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The Vatican on Friday called for a truce in wars around the globe during Sunday’s World Cup final, taking to social media with the hashtag #pauseforpeace as a conflict in the Gaza Strip escalates and killings continue in Ukraine.

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FIFA fines Argentina £196,380 for breaches of World Cup regulation

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Argentina's players cheer each other after extra time of the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014.  AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee on Friday imposed a fine of 300,000 Swiss Francs (about £196,380) on the Argentina Football Association (AFA) and also pronounced a reprimand against it.

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Algerian referee to handle Brazil/Netherlands third-place match

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Brazil's defender David Luiz (R) is consoled by Brazil's defender and captain Thiago Silva after losing the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on July 8, 2014, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.     AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS

Algeria’s Djamel Haimoudi has been confirmed as the referee for the third-place match of the ongoing 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and The Netherlands on Saturday.

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Germany v Argentina: It’s Pope against Pope

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Pope Francis and his predicessor

WILL the World Cup final become a “Holy War”?
At the very least, Sunday’s match could put millions of Catholics – not to mention Vatican employees – in a bit of a bind.

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Brazil: The morning after the rout

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A Brazilian fan watches a live screening of her team's match against Croatia at the Fans Fest in Cuiaba on June 12, 2014, as play of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group A football match between Brazil and Croatia takes place at the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI

How are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, Publish it not in the streets of Ashekelon lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice…”. This Biblical quotation of David when Jonathan died somehow describes the agony, pain, national loss of a nation to Germany on Tuesday.

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Germany’s secret plan to stop Messi

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BRAZIL, Pôrto Alegre : Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (R) and Nigeria's goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama smile during a Group F football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 25, 2014. AFP PHOTO

Germany have a secret plan to shut Argentina superstar Lionel Messi out of Sunday’s World Cup final at Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium.

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