Tom Goldman http://kccu.org en Late-Game Goal Gives Germany World Cup Win Over Argentina http://kccu.org/post/late-game-goal-gives-germany-world-cup-win-over-argentina Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>That's the sound of celebration on a Berlin street last night after Germany celebrated its 1-0 win over Argentina. The World Cup final yesterday in Brazil was bloody, physical, a defensive struggle. And as the game was played, there was political violence outside the stadium. We'll hear about that in a moment. But let's talk about the game first with NPR's Tom Goldman. Hi, Tom.<p>TOM GOLDMAN, BYLINE: Hello, Steve.<p>INSKEEP: So based on the emptiness of the streets in many cities, a lot of people were watching the game yesterday. Mon, 14 Jul 2014 09:17:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59724 at http://kccu.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? http://kccu.org/post/can-brazil-regain-soccer-glory-beauty-over-brawn Copacabana Beach is supposed to be fun, but it wasn't Saturday night, after the Netherlands beat Brazil 3-0 in the World Cup third-place game.<p>That loss came on the heels of the 7-1 drubbing by Germany earlier in the week. It's the first time since 1940 that Brazil has lost consecutive home games, prompting calls for change in a country long associated with soccer splendor.<p>Sunday's championship match pits Germany against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 12:22:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59688 at http://kccu.org Can Brazil Regain Soccer Glory With Beauty Over Brawn? Brazil Wakes Up To Find Tuesday's Nightmare Was Not A Dream http://kccu.org/post/brazil-wakes-find-tuesdays-nightmare-was-not-dream Host country Brazil was eliminated from the World Cup in epic fashion: Germany defeated Brazil 7-1 during the semifinal match. Brazilians are wondering how their beloved team could be so pulverized. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59410 at http://kccu.org Brazil Faces Germany Without 2 Of Its Best Players http://kccu.org/post/brazil-faces-germany-without-2-its-best-players Star player Neymar is out with a back injury. The team will also be without star defender Thiago Silva, who was penalized earlier in the tournament. So how does the host team go on against Germany? Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59340 at http://kccu.org Down Two Key Players, Brazilians Worry About World Cup Prospects http://kccu.org/post/down-two-key-players-brazilians-worry-about-world-cup-prospects Transcript <p>KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: <p>Hey, thanks for sticking with us on ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Brazilians should be celebrating today after beating Colombia 2-1 yesterday in the World Cup quarterfinals. But instead, it is not looking good. Brazil's best player - 22-year-old striker Neymar - was injured during that game - is now out for a month with a broken bone in his back. That leaves Brazilians wondering if the end of Neymar's brilliant run in the tournament also means the end of the host country's World Cup dreams. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 21:14:00 +0000 Tom Goldman 59239 at http://kccu.org