FIFA World Cup 2014 – Closing Ceremony, Germany Wins the Final, Argentina Places 2nd

Hello Streema Soccer Fans!

The FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil came to a close yesterday after a weekend full of football.

On Saturday it was Brazil‘s turn to show that they could earn 3rd place against the tough Dutch side. Those hopes didn’t last very long as the Netherlands went up 2-0 in the first 20 minutes of the game. And at the end of the match, the 3-0 score showed that the Netherlands were fair winners of the 3rd place game.

On Sunday, on a beautiful afternoon in Maracana Stadium, everyone was getting ready for the final match of the tournament, between Germany and Argentina. Leading up to the match we had the Closing Ceremony featuring Shakira, guitarist Carlos Santana, and renowned Brazilian artists like Ivete Sangalo, Carlinhos Brown, and Alexandre Pires. As soon as FIFATV has an official video we’ll be sure to post it!

After the Closing Ceremony ended, the game between Germany and Argentina began. To summarize a very exciting match in very few words: Germany took the initiative with more possession throughout the game while Argentina had the better scoring chances. But as former English forward Gary Lineker once said: “Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.” And yes, the Germans won it in the 113th minute and became the FIFA World Cup 2014 Champions, winning their 4th World Cup!

Germany Champion FIFA World Cup 2014

Anyway, for those soccer fans out there that follow our blog, we are close to wrapping up our series of World Cup posts. It’s been an exciting – and surprising – World Cup and we can’t wait for Russia 2018.

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

World Cup Final, Germany vs Argentina

Hello!

It’s been a crazy couple of days at the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil in which the semifinals we’re as exciting as they were unpredictable. On Tuesday Germany crushed Brazil 7-1 in a game that was decided within the first 30 minutes of the match and on Wednesday Argentina defeated The Netherlands in a penalty shootout after a 0-0 game, where Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero became the hero by saving two penalty shots.

We’re now in the last stretch of the tournament, with the World Cup Final this Sunday between Germany and Argentina. And of course, to warm things up, Brazil and The Netherlands will be vying for 3rd place on Saturday. More details below!

Saturday July 12 at 4pm EST
3rd Place Match: Brazil vs Netherlands

Sunday July 13 at 3pm EST
World Cup Final: Germany vs Argentina

Who will finally be World Cup Champion? Will it be Germany for the 4th time in history or will it be Argentina’s 3rd? Follow the game live at Streema on Sunday and find out!

Stay tuned!

World Cup 2014 – Quarterfinals are over, who will make it to the Finals?

Hello Streema Soccer Fans,

The world’s biggest event is heading into it’s final stages! Last Friday and Saturday we had the FIFA World Cup 2014 Quarterfinal matches, with four very exciting games as Germany, Brazil, Argentina and The Netherlands won their respective games. On a not-so-positive note, Brazilian star and offensive midfielder Neymar was injured and will now miss the rest of the World Cup.

As for the Semifinal games coming up tomorrow and Wednesday, here are the details:

Tuesday July 8th at 4pm EST
Brazil vs Germany

Wednesday July 9th at 4pm EST
Netherlands vs Argentina

As always, you can watch or listen to the Semifinal games at Streema. Just follow the links above and enjoy a soccer packed Friday and Saturday!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

World Cup 2014 – Quarterfinals are here!

Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

After a very exciting Round of 16, the Quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2014 are kicking off today! At the end of the day tomorrow, we’ll know who the Semifinalists are – France, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Belgium, The Netherlands and Costa Rica will be the stars of this stage, but only four will advance.

Before we get into that, though, let’s do a very quick recap of the Round of 16 in case you missed it: Colombia beat Uruguay in a simpler match than most would have expected; France struggled some but finally beat Nigeria; Netherlands almost lost but turned the game around in the final few minutes to beat Mexico; Germany, Argentina, and Belgium struggled a whole lot but won in overtime; Costa Rica beat Greece in a breathtaking match, after penalty kicks; and Brazil got lucky and beat Chile, also in penalty kicks.

Now, back to the Quarterfinals! Here’s the lineup for today and tomorrow:

Today Friday July 4, 2014
1pm France vs Germany
5pm Brazil vs Colombia

Tomorrow Saturday July 5, 2014
1pm Argentina vs Belgium
5pm Netherlands vs Costa Rica

As usual, you can watch or listen to these games and more here at Streema. Just follow the links above and enjoy a soccer packed Friday and Saturday!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team

The Best (and Worst) Predictions of the World Cup’s Group Phase [Infographic]

Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

What does a sports network like ESPN, an accounting firm like PwC, and a banking powerhouse like Goldman Sachs have in common? Not much, other than they all made predictions for this World Cup. 🙂

Just for fun, we looked at how these predictions faired in the Group Phase that recently wrapped up. We analyzed each of the predictions from these three organizations as well as for Bloomberg, The Economist, and Yahoo. Specifically in ESPN’s case they had both a crowdsourced prediction through the ESPN Bracket Predictor feature as well as a more editorial prediction through FiveThirtyEight a recently launched ESPN-owned website, so we included both. In our analysis, we found some surprising results and you would never guess which organization made the best Group Phase predictions. You can see that and more in the infographic below. 🙂

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The Streema Team

World Cup 2014 – Group Round is Over but Round of 16 is Coming Up!

Hi Streema Soccer Fans!

It’s been an awesome Group Round at the FIFA World Cup 2014 and the teams are now getting ready for the Round of 16, which starts in a few hours.

There were upsets, exciting games, and many surprises along the way. As expected, Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and The Netherlands took the first place in their respective groups. On the other hand, previous World Cup 2010 Champion Spain started the tournament getting crushed by a Dutch team looking for revenge from the Final four years ago and didn’t make it past the Group Round. Equally surprising was that neither Italy nor England made it in the “Group of Death”, where Costa Rica emerged as one of the unexpected successes, advancing to the Round of 16 for the 2nd time in only four World Cup appearances.

As for the players, top players like Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez unfortunately won’t continue in the World Cup, but for very different reasons: the first because his team couldn’t make it past the group stage and the second because he took a leaf from Hannibal Lecter’s playbook. Also, barring a miracle, it looks like Argentine forward Kun Agüero won’t recover in time from his slight injury to play in Argentina’s next game against Switzerland.

However, in the running for the Golden Shoe Award, top scorers Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr are doing their thing with 4 goals each, but Thomas Mueller is right up there with them for a three way tie, with six other players right behind with 3 goals. The previous World Cup top scorer, Mueller himself, had 5 goals at the end of the 2010 tournament, so it looks like this year’s leading scorer at the end on the World Cup will greatly exceed that number.

As for the matches coming up in the Round of 16, they are nonetheless are very exciting! Here’s a rundown of what’s coming up during the next four days:

Saturday June 28th
1pm Brazil vs Chile 
5pm Colombia vs Uruguay

Sunday June 29th
1pm Netherlands vs Mexico
5pm Costa Rica vs Greece

Monday June 30th
1pm France vs Nigeria
5pm Germany vs Algeria

Tuesday July 1st
1pm Argentina vs Switzerland
5pm Belgium vs USA

As usual, you can watch or listen to these games and more here at Streema. Have a great soccer weekend!

Stay tuned!

The Streema Team