The World Cup, that quadrennial international soccer tournament which draws so much attention worldwide, was held in Brazil, from June 12th to July 13th.  Thirty-two national teams competed in stadiums in 12 Brazilian cities.

In this year’s World Cup, the final game was Argentina vs. Germany.  Team Germany was triumphant, 1-0.

In the past, every World Cup held in the Western Hemisphere (known in Spanish as the continent of América) had been won by a team from the Western Hemisphere.  But Germany broke that tradition, so it’s no longer true.

Of course, out of 32 teams there can be only one winner at the end.  That’s the whole point.  Yet, for particular reasons, some teams and their fans were more disappointed than others.

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Article by Allan Wall, publication date July 21st, 2014, on