FIFA 2014 proved one of the greatest ever World Cups, with stars glimmering, goals galore, shocks, mistakes, jubilant fans, emotion and raw passion in abundance.
This Wednesday, Argentina and the Netherlands played out a dramatic penalty shootout to book their place in the twentieth FIFA World Cup final.
Between 11th June-11th July the nineteenth FIFA World Cup took place in South Africa, in the first ever tournament to be held in Africa.
Between 9th June-9th July, the eighteenth FIFA World Cup was held in Germany in the last European tournament for another twelve years.
Between 31st May-30th June, the seventeenth FIFA World Cup was joint hosted for the first time between South Korea and Japan in the first Asian hosted tournament.
Between 17th June-17th July, the fifteenth FIFA World Cup was hosted in the USA as sport’s biggest competition continued to rotate between Europe and the Americas.
Between 8th June-8th July, the fourteenth FIFA World Cup took place in Italy as Luciano Pavarotti’s Nessun dorma was the symphony of the tournament.
Between 31st May-29th June, the thirteenth FIFA World Cup was hosted in Mexico, the first country in the competition’s history to host more than once.
Between 13th June-11th July, the twelfth FIFA World Cup was held in Spain, as the tournament was expanded to 24 teams for the first time.
Between 13th June-7th July the tenth FIFA World Cup took place in West Germany, as the trophy used in World Cups today was used for the first time.