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Jul 13, 2014 — In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.
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Jul 13, 2014 — The World Cup ends Sunday with the Germany-Argentina match. Brazil finished its run in the tournament Saturday after two consecutive losses that have set off some national soccer soul-searching.
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Jul 12, 2014 — Coming off of a devastating loss to Germany, World Cup host Brazil's chances at redemption were dashed by the Netherlands on Saturday, who took the third place honors with a 3-0 victory.
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Jul 12, 2014 — We thought you'd get a kick out of seeing how the four teams in the final World Cup matches stack up in global health and development.
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Jul 10, 2014 — Juan Rendon was not a fan. Then he co-directed This Is Not a Ball, a documentary that took him to the slums of Brazil and to an amputee league in Sierra Leone.
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Jul 9, 2014 — Argentina defeated the Netherlands 4-2 in penalty kicks in their World Cup semifinal. The two sides were 0-0 at the end of extra time. Argentina plays Germany in the final on Sunday.
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Jul 9, 2014 — Researchers found that the number of cardiac emergencies around Munich more than doubled on days when Germany was playing in the 2006 World Cup compared with days when the team was idle.
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Jul 9, 2014 — A new parody video depicts people gently bumping into one another in normal settings such as cafes and groceries — but with calamitous results.
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Jul 9, 2014 — To say Brazil's 7-1 loss to Germany stunned the host country would risk giving the impression that its fans aren't feeling intense pain at this defeat.
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Jul 8, 2014 — Brazil, without striker Neymar, was in shambles. Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos scored two goals each for Germany, and Miroslav Klose became the highest goal scorer in World Cup history.
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