Only Germany had both the individual quality to allow it to compete for the World Cup trophy at all and the cohesiveness as a unit to allow it to compete properly.
This was a Germany side of such style and class that it was able to beat a team featuring the best player on the planet—Lionel Messi—in a World Cup final. That’s no fluke. It took time.
Looking ahead, is Germany the new Spain? It could be, especially when you consider the state of some of the other major European powers.
From Spain’s shocking early exit and the rise of Costa Rica to Brazil’s amazing capitulation and the flood of goals, the 2014 FIFA World Cup was a tournament we won’t soon forget.
In the wake of the Netherlands’ semi-final defeat at the hands of Messi’s Argentina, there’s much to look forward to from a surprisingly successful Dutch team.
What now for Brazil? How should the Selecao move forward? Brazil could do a lot worse than looking at the methodology of the side that humbled them for inspiration.