World Cup 2014: Abiding memories from the tournament in Brazil

Our football writers pick their abiding memories from the World Cup

 

SAM WALLACE - Chief football correspondent

It is hard to imagine the pressure on the Brazil team

 I had always presumed they were under a lot of expectation to win regardless of where the World Cup was played. But seeing the crowds here gathering to watch games in parks and on beaches brought home just how much pressure these boys play under.

IAN HERBERT - Football correspondent

Fireworks in Sao Paulo

They exploded across the Sao Paulo night sky after Brazil’s equaliser in the tournament’s opening match against Croatia. There is a fragility about the Brazilian optimism, because deep down in the nation’s psyche resides an unmistakeable inferiority complex that makes the nation special. While it lasted, Brazil’s belief was beautiful to behold.

GLENN MOORE - Football editor

Pele, Cruyff, Kempes, Tardelli, Maradona, Schillaci, Letchkov, Owen and Beckham, Ronaldo, Zidane, Iniesta. Who follows? No individual shone brightly enough, but what will stick in the memory is Germany slicing through Brazil’s defence in Belo Horizonte again and again and again.

JACK PITT-BROOKE - Football writer

It can only be the remarkable story of Brazil, of the early hope and the hubris, and the unprecedented 7-1 dissection by Germany in the semi-finals. The passion and fervour was too much for the players, who were unable to play with their heads when they needed to the most.

TIM RICH - Football writer

They paid £11 billion for the tournament, Fortaleza never got its metro, nor Manaus its monorail but their warmth, their welcome and their unfettered joy – nobody else would have olé’d the Germans when their team was 7-0 down – are a greater testament to the host nation’s spirit than any trophy.

SIMON HART - Football writer

Goalfests and goalkeeping feats on the pitch, and off it: 1) the gracious, measured response of Costa Rica’s players to their quarter-final shoot-out defeat, which was a lesson in how to lose; and 2) the chatty Salvador taxi drivers with their insights into the very unequal world beyond the World Cup bubble.

MIGUEL DELANEY - Football writer

The six minutes of the Belo Horizonte semi-final

Spain’s drastic decline will probably be more important in football history, but there’s no accounting for the emotional impact of a genuine event like Brazil’s thrashing. Given the stakes, given the context, given the history, it may be the most stunning match ever.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum