Cologne - Given the Bundesliga's overall impact at the FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014, it was perhaps fitting that one of the league's biggest names, Mario Götze, had the last word in Rio De Janeiro exactly 12 months ago.

Indeed, it was even more apt that one of the new wave of Bundesliga-produced megastars found the net on that famous night against Argentina, adding a certain symbolism to the glory of Germany's fourth World Cup triumph. Allow to take you down memory lane...

The route to the final

Group G, Germany 4-0 Portugal: FC Bayern München's Thomas Müller (l.) followed his five goals at the 2010 tournament with a hat-trick in Germany's opener against Portugal in Salvador. Borussia Dortmund centre-half Mats Hummels netted the other goal as Joachim Löw's side sent a formidable warning message to the rest of the world.

Group G, Germany 2-2 Ghana: It was another Bayern player, Götze, who opened the scoring in the second group match. If the rout of Portugal had lulled Gemany into a false sense of security, then Ghana shook them out of it. The West African side netted twice in quick succession in Fortaleza, and only a late goal from Miroslav Klose spared German blushes.

Group G, Germany 1-0 USA: That man Müller continued his happy goalscoring knack at major tournaments against a battling USA side. Löw's men, who began with eight Bundesliga stars, secured their passage to the Round of 16 with a hard-fought win over the Americans in Recife.

Round of 16, Germany 2-1 Algeria (aet): It took Germany until the second minute of extra time to break down a resilient Algeria side in Porto Alegre, Andre Schürrle's backheel putting the quarter finals within reach. Mesut Özil added a second in the closing stages before the North Africans found a consolation. Manuel Neuer (r.) drew worldwide praise for his pioneering efforts as a sweeper-keeper, regularly springing into action well outside his box to foil Algerian breakaways.

Quarter-finals, Germany 1-0 France: While Germany's free-flowing attack had been the toast of the tournament until this point, the defence, marshalled superbly at the Maracana by Bayern's Jerome Boateng, FC Schalke 04's Benedikt Höwedes and goalscorer, BVB's Hummels, ushered Germany into a fourth consecutive World Cup semi final.

Semi-finals, Germany 7-1 Brazil: In one of the most remarkable World Cup performances ever, Löw's men stunned the hosts in Belo Horizonte, with Müller's 11th-minute opener (l.) paving the way for a 5-0 half-time lead. Schürrle's second-half brace meant Germany became the first side in tournament history to net seven goals in a last-four clash.

The final, Germany 1-0 Argentina (aet)

In a repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals, Germany edged Argentina 1-0 after extra time thanks to a brilliant goal from Götze.

With nine Bundesliga stars in the starting line-up, including Neuer and the entire back four in front of him, the Germans were on top in the first half, although clear-cut chances were at a premium. Gonzalo Higuain spurned a golden opportunity for the Argentinians while Höwedes hit the post with a header in injury time after Klose had failed to convert Müller's cross.

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The South Americans upped the ante after the restart, with Lionel Messi coming within inches of beating the onrushing Neuer in the 47th minutes. Higuain spurned another chance ten minutes later but thereafter the final developed into a tighter affair, with neither side able to break each other down in normal time.

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The tension only increased in extra time, with goalmouth action remaining scarce. The breakthrough eventually arrived in the 113th minute, substitute Schürrle breaking down the left before a delivering an inch-perfect cross to Götze. The Bayern star controlled it on his chest before volleying acrobatically past Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal. The rest, as they say, is history.


Germany: Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Höwedes - Kramer (Schürrle, 31'), Schweinsteiger - Müller, Kroos, Özil (Mertesacker, 120') - Klose (Götze, 88')

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Argentina: Romero - Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo - Perez (Gago, 86'), Mascherano, Biglia, Lavezzi (Agüero, 46') - Messi, Higuain (Palacio, 78')

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