Mario Gotze got the final word at the 2014 World Cup, but German teammate Lukas Podolski got some classic shots and a German astronaut celebrated with the stars. And we're not referring to LeBron James or Rihanna, either.
U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati said the federation plans to speak with Hope Solo and her representatives by Thursday afternoon regarding the goalkeeper's weekend domestic violence arrest in the Seattle suburbs.
Guillermo "the Mexican Jesus" Ochoa saved his country with stop after brilliant stop in a World Cup draw with Brazil. As for Russian keeper Igor Akinfeev, well, he might want to steer clear of Vladimir Putin for a little while.
As the World Cup kicks off, espnW.com takes a quick look at the top players and storylines in Brazil. From Argentina's "Flea" to Portugal's prodigal son to the latest superstar No. 10 for Brazil, we get you primed for futebol's biggest stage.
Ahead of the 2014 World Cup, former U.S. women's soccer star Brandi Chastain discussed the American men's chances in Brazil, their "most problematic" area on the pitch, and talked about the recent coaching changes with the U.S. women.