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|RIO DE JANEIRO - From swashbuckling goals to inglorious exits Jefferson Lerma Copa Mundial Camiseta , on-field shenanigans to sideline lunacy, the World Cup in Brazil has been one of the most remarkable of recent times.
Here are 10 picks from a host of memorable moments:
No 1 - The "Mineirazo"
This was the tournament where Brazil were supposed to shake off the historical scars of the 1950 "Maracanazo" when Uruguay defeated them 2-1 in Rio de Janeiro's famous stadium the last time they hosted the World Cup. Yet they never even made it to the Maracana this time, collapsing horribly to Germany 7-1 in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte's Mineirao stadium. It would be hard to pinpoint one pivotal moment as goal-after-goal flew past the imploding Brazilians. But it was perhaps when Toni Kroos's left-foot shot put the Germans 3-0 up in the 24th minute that the horror really set in for the capacity crowd and millions of Brazilians watching round the nation. Five goals went in during a 19-minute spell of the first half in Brazil's record World Cup defeat and their first loss at home in 64 competitive matches since 1975. The "Mineirazo" will haunt Brazil forever.
No 2 - The bite
Uruguay striker Luis Suarez had been the two-goal hero of a 2-1 victory over England, but he turned villain in the next game against Italy by inexplicably biting defender Giorgio Chiellini towards the end. The Italians were still complaining when Uruguay scored from a corner to win 1-0 and reach the last 16. Suarez's joy at victory was short-lived Edwin Cardona Copa Mundial Camiseta , though, as his action touched off worldwide controversy and brought a nine-match ban from playing for Uruguay and four-month prohibition from football - the toughest sanction ever given at a World Cup. After initially clutching his teeth on the pitch as if he was the injured party, Suarez eventually apologised and Chiellini forgave him. The incident did not stop Suarez's 81 million euro ($111 million) move to Barcelona.
No 3 - The winner
Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Goetze had been having a disappointing tournament for Germany and was dropped in the latter stages. But that all changed after he came on as a substitute in the final against Argentina. In the 113th minute, with the score at 0-0 and penalties looming after a tense game where both sides missed good chances Giovanni Moreno Copa Mundial Camiseta , the 22-year-old creative midfielder received a cross from Andre Schuerrle. He controlled it on his chest and slammed it past Argentina's Sergio Romero to win the game, send his homeland into raptures and write himself into football history.
No 4 - The foul
Brazil's World Cup effectively ended when Colombia defender Juan Zuniga charged into their marquee striker Neymar with a raised knee during a rough quarterfinal. Neymar, whose four goals and exuberant play had carried the team, left in tears on a stretcher with a broken vertebra. Brazil won that game 2-1 Farid Diaz Copa Mundial Camiseta , but the emotionally fragile team collapsed afterwards, losing 7-1 to Germany in the semifinal and 3-0 to the Netherlands in the third-place playoff. The fans' chanting of Neymar's name and the team's holding aloft of his number 10 shirt prior to kickoff against Germany were moving at the time but look hollow in retrospect given the trauma that followed.
No 5 - The record
Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose's close-range strike against Brazil in the semifinal after 23 minutes made him the tournament's all-time leading scorer with 16 goals. The 36-year-old had moved level with former Brazil striker Ronaldo on 15 when he scored in Germany's 2-2 draw against Ghana in the group stage. The best German striker of his generation, Klose has played in four World Cups and now scored 71 goals in 136 appearances for his country. The mild-mannered, Polish-born Klose Frank Fabra Copa Mundial Camiseta , who is also a trained carpenter, was typically modest about his achievement. "Miroslav Klose in the club of 16 and everyone's welcome to join," he said afterwards.
No 6 - The goal
While much of the world had focused on Brazil's Neymar, Argentina's Lionel Messi and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo as potential standout performers Felipe Pardo Copa Mundial Camiseta , it was Colombia's attacking midfielder James Rodriguez who arguably overshadowed them all with consistently brilliant performances - and six goals - in his nation's dream run to a first quarterfinal. His best moment came against Uruguay in the last 16 when the ball arched towards him 25 meters out. Rodriguez had the presence of mind to glance over his shoulder to check the positioning of the goalkeeper before chesting the ball down and, in one fluid movement, turning and firing a left-foot volley in off the underside of the crossbar. The Netherlands' Robin Van Persie, scorer of an extraordinary "salmon"- like header against Spain Miguel Borja Copa Mundial Camiseta , and Australia's Tim Cahill, who smacked in a fantastic volley against the Netherlands, may disagree, but for most pundits Rodriguez's was the goal of the tournament.
No 7 - The dance
No-one shakes it like the Colombians. Their joyous Mateus Uribe Copa Mundial Camiseta , hip-swaying goal celebrations will live long in the memory, much as Cameroon's did back in 1990. It was left back Pablo Armero, with a history of dancing for club and country, who led the way after scoring against Greece in their opening game in the fifth minute. The rhythmic 27-year-old raced to his bench Yerry Mina Copa Mundial Camiseta , crossed himself, called teammates around, and then led a clearly rehearsed but nonetheless fabulous dance of salsa steps and raised arms that quickly went viral back home. The dances kept on coming as Colombia fired in 12 goals and reached the last 16 for the first time since 1990. Only Ghana ran Colombia a close second with their moves, striker Asamoah Gyan leading the team in a leg-cocking 'chicken' dance after scoring against Germany.
No 8 - The head-butt
Cameroon's miserable World Cup hit a shocking low when defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto head-butted teammate Benjamin Moukandjo towards the end of their 4-0 capitulation to Croatia. Players from both teams interve