Manuel Neuer is the new owner of the World Cup Golden Glove. The German goalkeeper was the best goalkeeper in the 2014 World Cup and some say he is reinventing the goalkeeper position with his sweeper runs out of the box.
His timing during those runs is indeed infallible and he is reading the game like a world class sweeper would. When it comes to saves, he wasn't tested that many times in this tournament but those saves he did make, he made them look easy. That's how the great goalkeepers are doing it. Neuer is taking the award from Iker Casillas, the 2010 Golden Glove. The other main candidate for the award was Keylor Navas from Costa Rica, but Neuer overtook him in the final two matches as he made several more sweeper runs - actually not making any notable saves - and that was enough for him to win the award.
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer 7.5 - Lahm 7, Boateng 7.5, Hummels 6, Howedes 6 - Kramer 5 (Schurrle 32, 7.5), Schweinsteiger 7.5 - Muller 7.5, Kroos 7, Ozil 6.5 (Mertesacker 119) - Klose 7 (Gotze 88, 7.5). Coach Joachim Low 7.
Argentina (4-2-2-2): Romero 7 - Zabaleta 7.5, Demichelis 6.5, Garay 6.5, Rojo 7 - Biglia 6, Mascherano 7 - Perez 6.5 (Gago 86, 6), Lavezzi 7.5 (Aguero 46, 6) - Messi 7.5, Higuain 6.5 (Palacio 78, 6.5). Coach Alejandro Sabella 7.5.
Goal: Gotze 113.
Man of the match: Andre Schurrle (GER)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) 5.5
Venue: Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Thomas Muller only needed one goal in the final against Argentina to become the first player ever to win two consecutive Golden Boot awards, but Joachim Low played him on the wing and he didn't get a good chance. Therefore James Rodriguez from Colombia wins the Golden Boot with 6 goals and 2 assists. Thomas Muller scored a goal and was credited with an assist in the 1-7 match against Brazil, bringing his tally up to 5 goals and 3 assists. The assists were the key and if Muller scored in the final, having 6 goals to his name, he'd get the award ahead of James Rodriguez.
But he didn't do it, and James Rodriguez becomes only the second player in history to win the Golden Boot without playing all seven matches. Colombia were knocked out in the quarter-finals against Brazil, so Rodriguez played only five matches.