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 German players celebrate with the trophy after the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.

Germany outlasted Argentina to claim their fourth World Cup title in thrilling fashion. Also: the future of The Corner Flag.


Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:13 a.m.
 Netherlands's Robin van Persie arrives for a training session one day before their World Cup semifinal soccer match against Argentina at the Paulo Machado de Carvalho Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

Argentina carries the last hope of South America into a semifinal match against Holland, which will lead the winning team to take on the suddenly resurgent Germans.


Posted on July 9, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.
 Germany's Philipp Lahm, center, smiles at the end of  the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and France at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, July 4, 2014. Germany won the match 1-0.

Germany and Brazil provide a study in contrasts, but both have the singular goal of making the World Cup finals.


Posted on July 7, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
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 United States' Julian Green, left, scores his side's first goal during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Belgium and the USA at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, Tuesday, July 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Posted on July 2, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

The USA went down valiantly Tuesday evening to Belgium in the Round of 16, but that doesn’t mean you should stop watching. The Corner Flag helps you pick your next team from the eight that remain.

 Brazil's Neymar fights for the ball with Chile's Francisco Silva during the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between Brazil and Chile at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Saturday, June 28, 2014.
Posted on June 30, 2014 at 11:45 a.m.

Brazil may be the tournament hosts, but a wasteful offense, leaky defense, and immense pressure may lead to an early exit.

 United States' Clint Dempsey, left, scores his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Posted on June 27, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.

Even though many of blogger Dustin George-Miller’s original guesses for the Round of 16 were incorrect, he says this tournament’s unpredictable nature is part of what makes it fun.

 United States' Clint Dempsey, left, celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Posted on June 25, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

Facing its toughest opponent yet and needing at least a draw, the USA still has a very good chance to qualify for the World Cup’s Round of 16. The blueprint came courtesy of Ghana.

 Portugal's Silvestre Varela heads the ball past United States' goalkeeper Tim Howard to score his side's second goal and tie the game 2-2 during the group G World Cup soccer match between the USA and Portugal at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Posted on June 23, 2014 at 6:27 a.m.

Despite a gut-shot draw with Portugal in the waning moments, the USA can still advance to the next round of the World Cup. Here’s how.

 In this Thursday, May 22, 2014 photo, United States soccer forward Landon Donovan prepares for practice in Stanford, Calif. Donovan, the most accomplished American player in the history of men's soccer, won't be going to his fourth World Cup. The 32-year-old attacker, who set the national team record for goals and assists while winning five titles in Major League Soccer, was among seven players cut Thursday when coach Jurgen Klinsmann got down to the 23-man limit well before the June 2 deadline.
Posted on June 20, 2014 at 7:43 a.m.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision to leave Landon Donovan out of the USA’s World Cup team made waves, but the decision was more complicated than most realize.

 Costa Rica's Oscar Duarte, center, celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the group D World Cup soccer match between Uruguay and Costa Rica at the Arena Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014.
Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

Every team has now played one match in the 2014 World Cup. Let’s take a look at the games so far, present some early awards and reminisce on some of the craziest fan moments.

 Brazil's Fred, bottom, raises his arms after a penalty was called against Croatia's Dejan Lovren, top, by referee Yuichi Nishimura, from Japan, during the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the opening game of the tournament at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Thursday, June 12, 2014. Brazil was issued a penalty kick following the play leading to a goal by Neymar helping Brazil to a 3-1 victory.
Posted on June 16, 2014 at 8:09 a.m.

The 2014 World Cup has been fantastic thus far, but has been damaged by referee blunders in its opening matches.

 United States' Michael Bradley shoots during a training session at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. The U.S. will play in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup.
Posted on June 13, 2014 at 8:24 a.m.

The USA has three wins from its warm-up matches, but a much-needed World Cup victory over Ghana on Monday, June 16, may come down to Jurgen Klinsmann’s tactics.

 United States head coach Juergen Klinsmann, left, addresses his team during a training session at the Sao Paulo FC training center in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Klinsmann arrived in Brazil on Tuesday, a day after the team's arrival, because he stayed behind in Miami to watch a friendly between Ghana and South Korea. The U.S. will play against Ghana on June 16 in group G of the 2014 soccer World Cup.
Posted on June 11, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.

We finish our World Cup team previews one day before the tournament kicks off by examining the eight teams that make up groups G and H.

Dustin George-Miller
Dustin George-Miller
Dustin George-Miller is a musician, father, husband and Goshen College staffer. A life-long soccer fan, he grew up playing footy in the Elkhart YMCA youth leagues, but didn't let a lack of things like "talent" or "ability" impact his love for the beautiful game.

In his spare time he writes about the successes and failures (mostly failures) of his beloved Tottenham Hotspur Football Club at Cartilage Free Captain [http://cartilagefreecaptain.sbnation.com], part of the SB Nation family of sports blogs.


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 Argentina's Lionel Messi gets up during an international friendly soccer match with Slovenia in La Plata, Argentina, Saturday, June 7, 2014. Argentina's team is leaving June 9 for Brazil to compete in the World Cup.

Posted on June 9, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.
 England's Wayne Rooney shouts instructions to a teammate during the international friendly soccer match between England and Peru at Wembley Stadium in London, Friday, May 30, 2014.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.
 Brazil's Neymar heads the ball during an official training session the day before the group A World Cup soccer match between Brazil and Croatia in the Itaquerao Stadium, Sao Paulo       , Brazil, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.
 The streets are decorated in Manaus, Brazil, for the upcoming World Cup.

Posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.