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Germany end South American hoodoo - FIFA World Cup 2014

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Germany/West Germany's record outside Europe:

Uruguay 1930: Did not enter

Brazil 1950: Did not enter

Chile 1962: Quarter-finals

Mexico 1970: Third place

Argentina 1978: Second group stage

Mexico 1986: Runners-up

United States 1994: Quarter-finals

Korea/Japan 2002: Runners-up

South Africa 2010: Third place

Brazil 2014: Winners

Brazil 2014?Before the tournament, UEFA's chief technical offier Ioan Lupescu told "Two European teams contested the last World Cup final which took place outside Europe so I think that particular 'mental block' has now been removed and going to a different continent does not hold the uncertainties that it maybe once did – even South America."

So it proved for Germany as while the other 12 contenders fell by the wayside, albeit theNetherlands only on penalties to Argentina in the semi-finals. Germany started by beating Portugal4-0 on their way to topping their group, needed extra time to see off Algeria, defeated France 1-0, stunned hosts Brazil 7-1 then Mario Götze's extra-time goal settled the final with Argentina.

In 2006 in Germany, team Germany came in third place.

They were a top 3 team in each of the last 4 world cups!

Also Europe has won the last 3 world cups: Italy 2006, Spain 2010, and now Germany.

I see. It took 20 world cups but finally the curse of the America's has been lifted.

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