2014 FIFA World Cup: Power Ranking The Final Four Teams - 7/6/14
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We are a few days away from finding out who is going to play in the 2014 World Cup final. We started with 32 teams and are now down to four.
How do these teams stack up heading into the semfinals? We’ll let’s take a look.
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1. Germany – Not only has Thomas Muller been arguably the most impressive player throughout the tournament with four goals and one assist, but Germany has displayed terrific defense as well. The Germans have allowed just one goal in their last three matches and have yet to lose the time of possession battle. At times you get the feeling that Germany is just toying with its opponents, as it is always in control of every match. It’s tough to find a weakness on this team, which is why Germany is the best remaining team in the 2014 World Cup.
2. Argentina – For the most part, Argentina has cruised through the tournament with a fairly easy schedule. Besides a last-second goal against Switzerland, Argentina hasn’t come close to losing a match in regulation. Some may say they haven’t been blown away by the way Argentina has played thus far, but that’s the scary part. Lionel Messi hasn’t scored a goal to two straight matches, while Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain haven’t fulfilled expectations. Still, the team finds ways to win and goalie Sergio Romero has pitched a shutout in three of his last four matches. With the combination of elite offensive threats and solid defense, Argentina is a scary good team heading into the semis.
3. Netherlands – The Netherlands continues to find ways to win even with Robin van Persie providing very little in the last three matches. A lot of this has to do with terrific defense, as the Netherlands has allowed a combined 10 shots on goal in their last two matches. It’s really tough to get in a rhythm against this team as coach Louis van Gaal mixes things up constantly and they usually control the ball for much of the match. If the Netherlands can create more opportunities offensively, there’s no reason why they can’t shock the world and win the World Cup.
4. Brazil – Call me crazy, but Brazil is at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to these four teams. Yes, a lot of it has to do with the loss of Neymar, who was Brazil’s bread and butter on the offensive end. But the rest has to do with the lack of urgency I’ve seen from this team. It’s almost like they think wins are just going to come to them given their history at home. Brazil left the door open for Colombia and could have very easily lost to Chile in regulation and penalty kicks. Does this mean Brazil can’t win it all? Of course not. With Hulk, Fred, Oscar and others still leading the way along with the home crowd, this is still a dangerous squad. However, there’s something about this team that rubs me the wrong way, which is why the home favorites are in this spot.