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FIFA World Cup Personal Award Winners Announced

Best Player of the Tournament

  • Golden Ball: Lionel Messi (Argentina)
  • Silver Ball: Thomas Muller (Germany)
  • Bronze Ball: Arjen Robben (Netherlands)
Top Scorer
  • Golden Boot: James Rodriguez (Colombia)
  • Silver Boot: Thomas Muller (Germany)
  • Bronze Boot: Neymar (Brazil)
Best Goalkeeper
  • Golden Glove: Manuel Neuer (Germany)
Best Young Player
  • Best Young Player Award: Paul Pogba (France)
Most Disciplined Team
  • FIFA Fair Play Trophy: Colombia

World Cup: Miroslav Klose Considering Retirement From International Stage

Taken from telegraph.co.uk

The 2014 FIFA World Cup has unfortunately drawn to a close and Germany have been crowned champions.

Looking back at Die Mannschaft's run at glory, the Germans set a couple of records. The most prominent coming in Miroslav Klose passing Ronaldo of Brazil for most goals scored in the FIFA World Cup with 16 in total.

Klose has 137 caps to his name for Germany and 71 goals to add to his stature.

"It is outstanding. This crowns everything. We were second once, third twice - its world class, I still cannot comprehend it," Klose told reporters.

"The team performance was important, we wanted to stay calm also because we knew that we have the better quality.

Klose is yet to reveal if his 36-year-old self can handle any more international football, surely not for the next World Cup though.

"I do not know yet if I go on for the national team. I'll have a couple of nights to sleep on it and then make the right decision."

The Lazio forward had also taken credit for motivating Mario Gotze to perform well when he came on as a substitute.

"Before Mario came in to play for me, I told him: 'You can make it happen'."

And did he make it happen.

Mario Gotze scored the winning goal off an Andre Schurrle cross in the 113th minute of play. The goal seemingly came out of nowhere and shocked us all. A beautiful touch from the youngster Gotze, who silenced his critics with a goal that won Germany the most precious prize of all.

Chin Up; The Future Is Bright

The United States suffered perhaps their most tragic defeat in their nations history in the round of 16 tie with Belgium. 

Keeper Tim Howard stood on his head for 120 minutes, and played the game of his life. As commentator Ian Darke put it, Howard played "One of the best games of even his distinguished career." In the end, his efforts were not enough, despite Howard's 16 saves against the Belgians, the United States fell 2-1. 

The Belgian onslaught proved to be too much for the American defense, as they finally beat Howard in the 93rd minute, and again in the 105th minute of the first period of overtime. The Belgians were deserving of the win, but the future does look bright for the United States. 

They had moments where they could've easily made the game theirs, none better then the 2nd minute of extra time, when Chris Wondolowski nearly slotted home what appeared to be a sitter. Wondo will have nightmares of that miss for years to come. As will many United States soccer fans. But despite the loss, the Americans have showed that the sport is clearly growing. 

The youth which was present in this team, will serve in the 2018 World Cup, and the 2016 olympic games, and may be able to challenge for glory. Julian Green, the 19 year old German American prodigy, slotted home the United States only goal of the game with a brilliantly stroke volley. 

Deandre Yedlin looked brilliant all tournament, at just 20 years of age. Expect Jozy Altidore to come back from his hamstring injury stronger, and hungry to challenge for glory. 

The list of players goes on, and on, and their will be an important part of the 2014 nucleus who will surely return for one final run, Michael Bradley will be 31 in 2018, Clint Dempsey 35, and perhaps least realistic Tim Howard will be 39. All may be able to play in 2018, though Howard will be unlikely, but the goalkeeping future looks bright even without Howard, as Brad Guzan looks an excellent understudy and has been brilliant for Aston Villa in the Premier League. 

The loss does sting, and will continue to sting for a long time. But Americans must keep their heads up and look forward to the future, because the future is bright. 

Better days are on the horizon, and World Cup glory may not be far off. The game of soccer has been growing in the United States for years, and will continue to grow. 

If the level of play in the MLS continues to grow, and Americans continue to support the game, we are capable of achieving anything. Take the pain that comes with the loss, and try to look at the bright side that comes with it, the sun will come out tomorrow, and that sun will be brighter then it ever has.

By Antonio Lynch

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