2014 FIFA World Cup: Germany Won Their Fourth Title


  The roar from Germany’s die-hard supporters at Maracana stadium rose to ear-popping levels as Mario Gotze’s breath-taking goal in the 113th minuteshattered a scoreless tie with Argentina with limited extra time nearing the end. When the 1-0 victory before 74,738 spectators was finalized, a celebration erupted on and off the field.


  “In 2004, German football was down,” said Coach Joachim Low, who was the 2006 World Cup Germany team head coach Klinsmann’s assistant. “We took decisive steps. We said, ‘We have to invest more in the education so we are technically better.’ Just having the German virtue is not enough.” And now Germany is world champion.


  FIFA also announced several awards to recognize great performances from players throughout their time in Brazil. As for the most important individual awards, the Golden Ball is the most prestigious as it is given to the most outstanding player of the tournament. It goes to Lionel Messi from Argentina while James Rodriguez from Colombia, the top scorer in the World Cup 2014 won the Golden Boot Award. Manuel Neuer from Germany was awarded The Golden Glove, honored as the best goalkeeper.


  馬里歐‧葛斯在第一百一十三分鐘那記令人興奮的進球打破了與阿根廷在延長賽中接近尾聲的平手局面,也使得在馬拉卡納體育場上那些德國死忠支持者的歡呼聲來到了震耳欲聾的程度。在七萬四千七百三十八名觀眾面前,當一比零的勝負分出後,球場上的歡呼慶祝此起彼落。


  曾擔任二○○六年世界杯德國隊總教頭克林斯曼助理教練的現任教頭約阿希姆‧勒夫表示:「在二○○四年,德國的足球陷入低潮。我們採取了決定性的步驟,我們覺得『我們必須在教育上投資更多,這樣才能在技術上進步』,只擁有德國隊本身的優點是不夠的。」而現在,德國成了世界冠軍。


  國際足球總會也宣布了幾個獎項以表彰球員們在巴西世足賽期間的傑出表現。至於最重要也是最負盛名的個人獎項為金球獎,這是頒給在整個賽期中表現最傑出的球員。此獎項頒給了阿根廷的利昂內爾‧梅西;而來自哥倫比亞的哈梅斯‧羅德里奎斯是二○一四年世界杯的進球王,贏得了金靴獎。德國的曼努埃爾?諾伊爾則是拿下了金手套獎,以表揚他是最佳守門員。


《Vocabulary》

1. roar n. 吼叫;喧鬧

2. die-hard adj. 死忠的

3. ear-popping adj. 震耳欲聾的

4. shatter v. 粉碎;破壞

5. tie n. 得分相等;平手

6. spectator n. 觀眾

7. erupt v. 爆發

8. virtue n. 美德

9. prestigious adj. 有名望的;負盛名的

10. tournament n. 錦標賽;聯賽


資料來源:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/dcunited/2014-world-cup-final-germany-beats-argentina-for-fourth-title/2014/07/13/99d3f404-0ad1-11e4-b8e5-d0de80767fc2_story.html

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/jul/14/world-cup-final-press-reaction-germany-argentina-2014

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2128226-fifa-world-cup-2014-awards-results-winners-recap-and-twitter-reaction

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