Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs speaks to Louis van Gaal  during Saturday’s defeat to Swansea. Photograp: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Van Gaal won’t accept failure to add quality players to squad

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s triumph is the fruit of smart evolution – and sweet vindication for manager Joachim Löw

Lionel Messi of Argentina  during the 2014 Fifa World Cup Brazil Final against Germany at the Maracana   in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:  Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Argentine looked a shadow of himself despite picking up yet another award

Thomas Müller scored scored five goals for Germany at the 2014 World Cup prior to the final against Argentina. Photograph: EPA.

The romantic notion of journalists working alone falls short in reality

Argentina players celebrate after their Maxi Rodriguez scored the decisive goal during a penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup semi-finals at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.

Germany favourites but still time for Lionel Messi to have moment for Argentina

Fernandinho of Brazil after a goal scored by Toni Kroos of Germany during the hosts’ heavy semi-final defeat at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Robert Ghement / EPA

Fans hardly recognise a team spawned at home but adrift on international stage

Javier Mascherano celebrates after Belgium defeatedg Belgium 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-final. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Despite Lionel Messi wearing the armband midfielder displays his own brand of leadership

 Germany’s Toni Kroos  celebrates with Miroslav Klose  and Sami Khedira at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

This was not just a match but the most incredible result in World Cup history

 Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer of Germany saves a shot from France’s Karim Benzema of France during their World Cup quarter-final  at Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph:   Marcus Brandt/EPA

The Bayern Munich man has all the elements that make up a top goalkeeper

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