The dust has settled. Australia put up a good showing, but still managed to lose every game. England were hilariously bad. Brazil got beaten 7-1 in the most ridiculous match I've ever seen and Germany ended up winning the trophy. Since we have no new games to discuss — why don't we review the 2014 World Cup?
I've been watching The World Cup since 1990 and I can honestly say that the 2014 World Cup has been the best that I've witnessed in my lifetime. In terms of the drama, the goals, the matches — everything — I believe it delivered in a very big way.
Personally, I loved watching the USA. I feel as though that team delivered the best moments of the competition for me. Perhaps it was the engagement of my American friends on twitter, perhaps it was the joy of so many people discovering football for the first time, but it just felt like a major event each time the US team walked onto the pitch.
Their style of play complimented this. The team played directly, passionately and moved like anything was possible. There was nothing predictable about their pattern of play or their matches.
My favourite goal? Probably a toss up between Tim Cahill's scorching Van Basten-esque volley or James Rodríguez's spectacular blast into the top corner. Honorable mention to Lionel Messi's brilliant curler against Iran in injury time.
In fact, my only qualm about this year's World Cup was the final itself. I would have loved a more adventurous team like Columbia to make it all the way. In fact, it was a shame that none of the surprise packages of the tournament went further. But still — greatest World Cup ever. I'll be sad to see it go.