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September 22, 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.

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.

Jubilant Berlin crowds welcome national team back home

FIFA president Sepp Blatter gave the World Cup in Brazil 9.25 marks out of 10 today, the day after the tournament ended with Germany beating Argentina 1-0 after extra time in the final.

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.

Argentina have a great asset in four-times world player of the year Lionel Messi but they are far more than just a one-man show, Germany coach Joachim Loew warned ahead of the 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

By David Smith

A reality check at the end of a World Cup that has been historic, fascinating and enthralling. The best team won the tournament but Argentina returned to the top table of world soccer with a vengeance.

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.

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.

Luiz Felipe Scolari has resigned as Brazil manager after the hosts suffered two of their worst defeats in World Cup history, the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation said today.

Argentine midfielder Javier Mascherano said the pain suffered by the 1-0 defeat against Germany in injury time will “last a lifetime,” while adding the team lacked "a little bit of luck."

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