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VOL.37 :: NO.30 :: Jul. 26, 2014

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Calmly edging past the edgy!
Argentina, despite persistent German ball-hogging, had more opportunities. But their highly-paid retinue of strikers failed to find the clinical final touch, clearly afflicted by nerves. The Germans, however, had not lost the age-old national knack of a calm and composed mind and unsurprisingly victory was theirs, writes Ayon Sengupta.

Five great goals

Five defining moments

Five outstanding performers

They came a cropper

World Cup with blemishes
How good, vibrant and dramatic a World Cup has it really been? How great an advertisement for the great game? The longer it went on, the more obvious and all too frequent were the blemishes. Nothing new, of course! Practically all World Cups have them. By Brian Glanville.

Poor James and his cooks
Colombia’s James Rodriguez was kicked, fouled and scratched by Brazil and the tactics proved largely successful as Colombia lost 1-2 in the quarterfinals. Some tears were presumably shed in the Portuguese restaurant owned by the Monaco star as well. Workers there were promised a bonus of Euro 5,000 each if Colombia won the World Cup.

A “pompous ass,” but not asinine
Few would disagree that Louis van Gaal has been the outstanding tactician at World Cup 2014, despite the feeling that the Dutch let themselves down in the semifinals. By Shreedutta Chidananda.
The most successful No. 9
In an age of club allegiances trumping national ones, where the younger generation associates a player more readily with a club than the country, Miroslav Klose is rare. He announces himself to the world once every four years during the World Cup, writes N. Sudarshan.
The numbers game
It is said that numbers don’t tell the entire story. It is, however, common knowledge that they do lead us somewhere. For example the story of Oscar, the Brazilian playmaker, making 30 tackles and winning 11 of them in this World Cup, the most by any player, tells you a bit about Brazil’s defensive woes.

Looking up to ‘The Wall’
The cricket, the heritage and the place remain dear to Rahul Dravid and he was back with the Indian squad albeit briefly as a batting consultant ahead of the Tests. By K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
A run feast with a world record to boot
The 22-yards, as one wag quipped in the press-box, was the ultimate winner in a match that ground to a draw under an avalanche of runs and a world record. K. C. Vijaya Kumar reports.

The opposition

To Glasgow with hope
Glasgow is abuzz with the confirmation of participation of the fastest human ever, Usain Bolt. In addition, the presence of leading lights such as Mo Farah, Shelly-Ann-Fraser-Pryce, Sally Pearson and Bradley Wiggins — to name a few — is expected to light up the Commonwealth Games, writes A. Vinod.

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