PHOTOS: Reliving the 2014 World Cup final, in pictures

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They say a picture paints a thousands words.

Well, these snaps could perhaps depict even more. After 24-years without winning a World Cup, Germany finally delivered on the biggest stage of all to delight a nation.

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The so-called “Golden Generation” of German soccer beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final on Sunday as Mario Gotze’s extra time winner sent the European nation into raptures.

Less than 24 hours since those incredible scenes played out at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janiero, the folks over at NBCNews.com put together a superb photo gallery of the game. That inspired me, so below is how the World Cup final played out.

In pictures.

RECAPPING THE 2014 WORLD CUP FINAL, IN PICTURES

Early on Christoph Kramer’s head collided with Ezequiel Garay’s shoulder. 15 minutes later Kramer left the field looking dazed and confused.

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It wasn’t Gonzalo Higuain’s day, as the Argentina striker missed two glorious chances (plus had one disallowed) in the first half to give his side the lead.

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In Berlin, the tension was unbearable for fans as Argentina and Germany battled it out in Brazil.

 

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Back on the pitch at the Maracana, Higuain was smashed into by Neuer as tempers flared.

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The Argentine defense held firm and forced extra time as Germany searched for the winner.

 

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While Germany had to keep a close eye on Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi in the closing stages…

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The moment Mario Gotze volleyed home the World Cup winner.

 

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Cue scenes of jubilation back home in Germany…

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… and in the stadium from the man of the hour.

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Argentina’s fans were distraught as they saw their team give up a late goal.

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Then the final whistle went as German players sunk to their knees and celebrated winning the 2014 World Cup.

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Argentina’s players and manager look on and thought of what might have been.

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As Germany lifted the fourth World Cup in their nations history.

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Soccer world reacts to the Manchester attacks

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NBC News is reporting that at least 19 people have been killed and another 50 are injured following a possible suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.

Multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials who are monitoring British authorities told NBC News that preliminary reports indicate that a single explosion took place outside the arena on the southwest side opposite the train station. The explosion occurred as the concert ended, catching people as they exited.

Soccer clubs, players and personalities around the world are reacting to the horrible event.

Juventus purchases Cuadrado from Chelsea

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If you didn’t realize Juan Cuadrado still belonged to Chelsea, you’re forgiven.

The Colombian attacker will complete his second season at Juventus after the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, and won’t be headed back to Chelsea afterwards.

Juve has purchased Cuadrado, and the fee is $22 million, and Juve will pay it over three seasons. Cuadrado, 28, is now signed through 2020 with The Old Lady.

Cuadrado first went on loan to Juve in Aug. 2015, and has eight goals and 18 assists in 83 career appearances with the club.

Chelsea bought Cuadrado from Fiorentina for around $32 million in the January 2015 transfer window, but made just 14 appearances with the club.

Report: Jermain Defoe meeting with Bournemouth

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Sky Sports is reporting that Jermain Defoe may head back to the south of England following Sunderland’s relegation.

Defoe, 34, spent two seasons with Portsmouth between 2008-09, scoring 15 goals in 31 appearances.

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The 56-times capped England striker had a clause in his Sunderland contract allowing him to leave the Stadium of Light were the Black Cats to be relegated, as they were this season. He’d have little interest in dropping into the Championship given his desire to stay a part of the England squad ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Bournemouth’s strike corps includes Joshua King, who scored the most goals of any player not on a Top Seven side this season. King’s 16 goals were one more than Defoe’s 15, though the latter scored just one goal following a brace against Crystal Palace on Feb. 4.

Chelsea’s Conte wins pair of top managerial honors

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Antonio Conte took league and national honors from the League Managers Association on Monday night.

The Chelsea boss was named Premier League Manager of the Year and Manager of the Year after leading the Blues to the PL title and an FA Cup Final in his first year on the job.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton nabbed another Championship boss of the year award after leading the Gulls to the Premier League. He also won the honor with Newcastle United in 2010.

The League One winner is Chris Wilder of Sheffield United. Wilder won the honor with Northampton Town last season.

In League Two, Paul Cook of Portsmouth was named the winner.