Well folks, it’s here. It’s World Cup final day. And ok, we’re not celebrating England stepping up for a chance to take the title, but what a World Cup it’s been.
From Tim Howard’s triumph to Brazil’s disaster, Phil Neville’s commentary to Thierry Henry’s cardigan, the vanishing spray to the Cooling Break, here’s a selection of the most memorable moments from this year’s tournament…
England’s physio getting injured
It says it all really doesn’t it? England scored in their first match of the tournament and physio Gary Lewin ended up injured after his sideline celebrations. And England didn’t go on to win the tournament? Humph…
That moment when England's physio got injured celebrating ???????????? pic.twitter.com/Yx87TH4Ckw
— Hanooq Samuel (@BeingHanook) June 15, 2014
That time we all got a bit too excited about Thierry Henry’s cardigan
So much so that I personally dedicated an entire day’s work to trawling the internet to find out where the footballer-cum-BBC pundit’s cardigan was from. I know. It’s Gucci. And it costs £505.
The vanishing spray
Oh, the vanishing spray. So simple. A bit like shaving foam, but not. One minute it’s there, as the ref sprays a nice line telling players where the ball and the wall should be during a free kick, then it’s gone. Looks like it’s catching on, too:
That time our web team spent ages working out how England could stay in…
…then, well, let’s not talk about it.
We found some great merchandise
Including this snazzy USA shirt
And some cool ways to watch the game
A 700-inch screen and 850 sofas is about right, yeah?
Phil Neville got a bit of stick for his commentary
The radiator salesman from Suffolk is available to commentate on the Uruguay game on Thursday should the BBC require a replacement for Phil
— Phil Neville (@philneville) June 16, 2014
While everyone absolutely raved about Mexico’s goalkeeper Ochoa
Especially after he kept all of Brazil’s attempts on goal at bay in the Group A clash
And of course, US goalkeeper (and record-breaker) Tim Howard
His performance on the pitch in the last 16 game led to a comical (and hastily removed) Wikipedia update
US chat show host Jimmy Kimmel found fans who weren’t quite telling the truth about their World Cup knowledge
Everyone got quite excited about being on the big screen
Celebrations were quite epic
The new goal-line technology confused some people
Well, one BBC commentator, at least…
To be fair to Jonathan Pearce, back when he was commentating on Robot Wars technology was a lot simpler
— Paul Jones (@Jonesvision) June 15, 2014
When the heat was on we had the first ever World Cup Cooling Break
Was it right? Was it wrong? Was it funny? Twitter had questions, answers and jokes…
— Overheard in Dublin (@OverheardDublin) June 29, 2014
There was a whole lot of tweeting
In fact when Germany beat Brazil 7-1 it was the most tweeted about single sports match ever.
And thanks to social media, the word goal became much longer
So what will happen in the final? Only time will tell.