The Legacy of the 2014 World Cup

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tim Howard of the United States notched 16 saves during the 2014 World Cup match against Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. Tim Howard of the United States notched 16 saves during the 2014 World Cup match against Belgium at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil. (Jamie McDonald/Getty)

In the World Cup final yesterday, Germany defeated Argentina with a last minute goal, ending their 24-year wait for another World Cup title.

The 2014 World Cup was one for the ages. For starters, viewership in the U.S. soared, and Tim Howard, Team USA's goalkeeper, made history by recording the most saves ever made in a single game.

The tournament featured fierce rivalries and humiliating defeats. The World Cup had spectacular play from legends like Lionel Messi, and new young stars like Colombia's James Rodriguez. There was a biting controversy and a match fixing controversy.

Now that it's all over, it's time to take a breath and take stock of the tournament. Here to discuss the 2014 World Cup and its legacy is George Vecsey, contributing sports columnist at our partner The New York Times and author of the recent book "Eight World Cups: My Journey Through The Beauty And Dark Side of Soccer."

Guests:

George Vescey

Produced by:

Seth Maxon

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [5]

Phil

Enjoyable grand event!

My own skewed video take on it...
http://youtu.be/2aqsTjdgtoo

Jul. 16 2014 06:26 AM
Luciane from Somerville, NJ

The only reason there were heads of states yesterday in Rio was that today the BRICS nations are having a summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. Of course, Angela Merkel would not have missed this! She is a great Soccer fan.

Jul. 14 2014 03:50 PM
Luciane from Somerville, NJ

The legacy of 2014 Brazil's World Cup will be Brazilian people who have been the best hosts ever. Another one the sun set yesterday in Rio de Janeiro. You could not have asked for a better ending.

Jul. 14 2014 03:35 PM
keith Constantine from orlando

Welcome to futbol's. world. Brazil was not humiliated, they were out played, and
outclassed by a better prepared team. They lost like Spain, but it's not the end of the world.

Jul. 14 2014 01:31 PM
Andrew from Austin, Texas

I've never been a sports fan at all, but I recently bonded with my Dad watching the world cup.

We had a GREAT time cheering for different teams, shared the disappointment in America's defeat and Brazil's humiliation, and made a special day of the Final.

What fun!

Jul. 14 2014 12:52 PM

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