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World Cup 2014: Final awards for the tournament

Best game of the tournament.
Best game of the tournament.
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The World Cup is officially over and it's been a pretty amazing month of competition for soccer fans in New York and all over the world. From the excitement of team USA making it out of the Group of Death to the Luis Suarez bite, there have been many highs and a number of lows throughout the tournament. Here's a look at some of the awards that were not officially handed out by FIFA, but should be recognized all the same.

Best game: Germany's 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semi-finals was truly astonishing. For fans that don't think there's enough scoring in soccer, this score line was the equivalent of the Jets losing to the Patriots by a score of 49-6. It was an amazing display of offense by the Germans and a shocking show of capitulation from the hosts. Runner up: Belgium 2 USA 2 in the round of 16. Tim Howard and the US defense took Belgium to extra time before coming up short.

Best goal: I'm sticking with Tim Cahill's goal versus Holland for the sheer accuracy and for taking the wind out of the Dutch sails. One minute after Arjen Robben had given Holland the lead and celebrated by blowing a kiss to the camera, Cahill did his own celebration. Runners up: Robin van Persie against Spain and James Rodriguez versus Uruguay.

Most important goalkeeper: Keylor Navas of Costa Rica. Runners up: Tim Howard of the US and Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa. Germany's Manuel Neuer was awarded the Golden Glove Award as the tournament's best goalkeeper. While he is deserving of this he was also helped out by being surrounded by World Cup winners. Navas, Howard and Ochoa almost singlehandedly kept their team's moving forward.

MVP: James Rodriguez of Colombia scored six goals and had two assists in five games. Runner up: Thomas Muller had five goals and three assists, but played in two more matches than Rodriguez.

Best antics by a head coach: Mexico's Miguel Herrera never stopped moving and his reactions while on the sidelines were reminiscent of outtakes from Chris Farley's movies.

Best acting award/best future as an Olympic diver: Arjen Robben is a great player, but the Dutch winger's tendency to fall to ground at even the slightest touch is ridiculous. He is one of the games' most prolific divers.

Best biter/most ridiculous non red card: This was not the first time Luis Suarez's "teeth fell in to" a player. He did it once in 2010, again in 2013, and went three for three versus Italy. Amazingly, he didn't even receive a card.

Surprise team of the tournament: Costa Rica. Los Ticos were picked by most experts to finish last in their group with Italy, England and Uruguay. They not only won their group, but went on to the quarterfinals.

Best team goal celebration: No other country came close to topping Colombia's synchronized dance moves.

Biggest disappointment: As defending World Cup champions, Spain was woeful. Other disappointments include England and Italy. All three teams were knocked out in the group stages.

Most likely to get huge endorsement deals: Americans watched this World Cup in huge numbers and Tim Howard's record setting performance against Belgium led to a petition to name him Secretary of Defense. Endorsements are sure to follow.

Breakout player of the tournament: At 22 James Rodriguez is a rising star. His exceptional play in Brazil allowed him to steal the headlines from a number of bigger name superstars.

Best post World Cup signing: Alexis Sanchez scored two goals and chipped in with one assist in four matches for Chile. Despite scoring 21 goals and providing 11 assists last season for Barcelona, the Catalan club allowed him to leave and sign for England's Arsenal.

Least deserving post World Cup signing: Luis Suarez left the World Cup in shame and is now banned from all football activity for four months. Despite this fact, Barcelona paid £75 million to sign him from Liverpool.

Saddest player: Regardless of what you think of David Luiz as a player, the sight of him crying after Brazil was demolished by Germany was pretty heartbreaking.

Unluckiest team: Mexico had two perfectly good goals disallowed in their match versus Cameroon. Luckily they won the match in the end 1-0. However, they fell victim to Arjen Robben's antics in their round of 16 match when the Dutchman conned the referee in to awarding a very questionable penalty. Mexico went on to lose this match 2-1.

Coolest World leader: After Germany's first round win over Portugal Angela Merkel was photographed hanging out with the German players in their locker room. After their World Cup victory, she was at it again.

Most humiliating defeat: It has to be Brazil losing 7-1 on home soil in their semifinal match with Germany. Runner up: Spain's World Cup got off to a miserable start as they were embarrassed by Holland 5-1.

Most Broken noses: The USA takes this award with two. Striker Clint Dempsey was kicked in the face accidentally in the first match with Ghana, while midfielder Jermaine Jones suffered the same fate versus Germany.

Worst display of sportsmanship: In Holland's quarterfinal contest with Costa Rica, Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul came on as a substitute in time for the penalty shootout. He immediately proceeded to wind up the Costa Rica goal takers by talking smack and getting inside their heads. He succeeded as he saved two attempts.

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