Created on 14-07-2014 at 09:30 AM
The 2014 World Cup will be remembered as a Bayern-dominated tournament. Germany's biggest club sent no fewer than 14 players to Brazil, and nine of them made it to the last four. The seven Germany stars were celebrating at the end after Mario Götze’s superb extra-time finish to seal the Europeans’ fourth world crown after previous triumphs in 1954, 1974 and 1990. And there were more honours for FCB men when FIFA announced the individual tournament awards after Sunday's final.
Keeper Manuel Neuer was on outstanding form throughout the tournament as Germany's opponents were restricted to four goals in total. Neuer again showed all his class in the final at the Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro with another clean sheet, after which the 28-year-old was awarded the adidas Golden Glove for the best goalkeeper at the World Cup.
“It's unbelievable. It's a magnificent experience,” said Neuer, the second Germany keeper to receive the prestigious award after former Bayern captain Oliver Kahn. Kahn is the only Germany international to be acclaimed best player and goalkeeper at a World Cup following his outstanding performance at the 2002 edition in Japan and Korea. Neuer finished ahead of Argentina's Sergio Romero and Costa Rica sensation Keylor Navas in the Golden Glove stakes and succeeds previous recipients Kahn (2002), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy/2006) and Iker Casillas (Spain/2010).
Thomas Müller came away with two individual awards. The top scorer at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa fell just short of defending his title, finishing second on five goals to Colombia's James Rodriguez and claiming the Silver Boot. He also received the Silver Ball as the second-best player at the tournament behind four-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi.
The tournament also ended well for Arjen Robben. The Dutch won the overall bronze medal with a 3–0 victory over Brazil in the third-place play-off, and Robben also came third in the best player ranking, earning him the adidas Bronze Ball.