What a World Cup it’s been. The tournament has kept giving and giving, like a new step-father who just wants you not to hate him. Here at Paddy Power Blog HQ we detest ‘rest days’ to our very core but they have given us the chance to catch our breath and look back on some of the highlights of Brazil 2014
Miguel Herrera’s celebrations
We’ll always have June 2014. This was the month when the man with the biggest neck football has ever seen made himself a star with some seriously passionate touchline antics.
The Americans going all Soccer Ball crazy
It’s taken a long time for the American nation to fall in love with the beautiful game but 2014 may have been the year. Could the average American fan explain the offside rule, or what exactly a ‘false nine’ is? Maybe not but my god do these folks know how to celebrate a goal.
Spray it ain’t so, Bruno
One of the innovations that have been introduced in the World Cup has been the use of vanishing spray(aka Blatter Splatter) for free kicks. Unfortunately it appears that no one told Holland’s Bruno Martins Indi that the stuff will disappear in a few seconds.
The referee may have been a tad overzealous in his use of the spray but it’s not like Bruno’s even paying for his own boots.
Lionel Messi’s goal against Bosnia
The world’s best player leaves two Bosnian defenders in a Jackie Chan-style heap.
James Rodriguez’s goal against Uruguay
Five goals in four games mean James Rodriguez is now 3/1 to be the tournament’s top scorer. No matter what happens from here, he surely won’t hit a better strike than he did against Uruguay in the round-of-16.
Tim Cahill’s goal against Holland
The sworn enemy of corner flags all over the world, Cahill scored what looked like a contender for goal of the tournament, then James Rodriguez got involved. There’s no shame in second place Tim.
Neymar’s tears during the Anthem
For a 22-year old Neymar has handled the pressure of being the star of the Brazil team at a home World Cup extremely well. However, when the anthem begins the young man just can’t hold back the tears.
Robin Van Persie’s goal against Spain
Robin Van Persie’s wonderful header drew Holland level in their opening game against Spain. His slightly cringe high five with Louis Van Gaal delighted Dutch and Man Utd fans across the world.
Eamon Dunphy swearing
To be fair to RTE, their decision to broadcast as many World Cup games as is humanly possible was always likely to lead to a mistake or two.
Unfortunately, having the great Eamon Dunphy sitting on the panel meant the mistake was always likely to be a tad sweary.
Ronaldo’s lack of celebration against Ghana
A moment of clarity for Cristiano Ronaldo who realised the rest of his international teammates are genuinely dreadful.
Luis Suarez’ bite
Luis Suarez stole the show with his two goals against England in Sao Paolo but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s his nibble on Georgio Chiellini’s shoulder that we’re all going to remember.
He’s a lover of goals and a biter of men.
Thomas Müller taking a tumble
This disastrous/almost genius free-kick routine was surely an example of what can happen when all a footballer’s day consists of is training and fifa on the PlayStation. Not as good as the American’s attempt…
The wonderful penalty shootout between Costa Rica and Greece
Very few expected Costa Rica to be squaring up against the Greeks in the last 16. Even fewer could’ve expected the wonderful penalty shoot-out the two sides treated us to.
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