December 21, 2014
In Depth- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil >
The national team landed in Buenos Aires minutes before 11 a.m. at Ezeiza airport and were welcomed by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner at the AFA facility in Ezeiza. They were expected in Buenos Aires to meet the fans at the Obelisc but they finally stayed in Ezeiza, following the authorities' advice.
After Brazil’s humiliating 7 to 1 defeat against Germany and a day after a new heavy loss in third-place match against the Netherlands, President Rousseff thanked the national team for bringing joy to the people. “You are bigger than any result,” she said.
After Brazil event
Soccer’s governing body FIFA will have little time to bask in the glory of the 2014 World Cup as it faces a plethora of problems, ranging from a ticket touting scandal to the never-ending controversy over 2022 tournament hosts Qatar.
By Angela Cullen and Cornelius Rahn
More than 400,000 fans gathered yesterday at the Brandenburg Gate, a landmark once marooned behind the Berlin Wall in the eastern half of the city, to welcome the soccer team that sealed the first World Cup victory for a united Germany.
After Brazil event
Referee Nicola Rizzoli came under fire from the Argentines for not awarding a penalty against German keeper Manuel Neuer for handling outside the box when racing against Argentina’s Gonzalo Higuaín to get the ball in Sunday’s World Cup final on Sunday.
"I could see he [Messi] didn't want to go up and collect it," Maradona said on his television show De zurda, adding that "marketing people" had made a decision he described as "unfair".• ‘We had chances but could not score’
The coach of the Argentina national team Alejandro Sabella paid tribute to his players despite an agonising 1-0 defeat to Germany in the final of the World Cup, stating that he was proud of the men who brought the Albiceleste to their first final in 24 years.• Mascherano: ‘This pain will last a lifetime’ • Messi: ‘We had chances but could not score’
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner welcomed the World Cup team back home and thanked them for defending the Argentina colours. “As the President of 40 million Argentines I felt immense pride for how you defended the colours of Argentina,” she said.• Sabella should be proud
The video, prepared by the Government House press team is a montage of goals and memorable moments from the Albiceleste campaign, which included five victories, one defeat and a penalty shoot-out win over the Netherlands in the semi finals.
After the presidential welcome at their arrival back from Brazil, the players and coach of the national World Cup team thanked the warm welcome of the thousands of fan that celebrated their performance in Ezeiza airport and in the streets of Buenos Aires city.
The Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich congratulated the national team for its performance at Brazil’s World Cup and condemned the vandalism that marred yesterday’s celebrations in downtown Buenos Aires.
Soccer — World Cup
The vice-chairman of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Luis Segura, admitted yesterday having sold World Cup tickets but denied scalping. His comments came amid a scandal over the dismantling in Brazil of a scalping network blamed for fraud worth tens of millions of dollars.