Overall, the media agree Brazil was a “good host” for the FIFA World Cup. (Getty Images)

World Cup Aftermath

Los Angeles Times
writer Kevin Baxter says the “gap between winners and losers has rarely been both as wide and as narrow” as it was Sunday after the 2014 FIFA World Cup final. In the 10 seconds it took for Germany midfielder Mario Gotze to score his team’s winning goal, “heroes were made and legacies were destroyed.”

Click here to browse the front covers of German newspapers commemorating the national team’s World Cup title.

The Guardian’s
Amy Lawrence discusses five talking points from the World Cup final including: how Mario Gotze’s “golden goal” shows the “sheer quality” of his generation, the “moment of truth” for Joachim Low, and Argentina’s “bold, but off target” approach in the midfield.

Germany celebrates its first World Cup win since 1990. (Getty Images)

New York Times
reporter Sam Borden says that for Brazilians, “the only thing worse than their national team’s losing the World Cup trophy would have been for their neighbor Argentina to win it.” Borden reviews Brazil’s performance as hosts of the 2014 World Cup as well as football star Lionel Messi’s performance in the final.

Sports Illustrated
writer Brian Straus takes a closer look at Lionel Messi’s road to the 2014 World Cup. For Messi, a win at the World Cup would have closed “any debate about his place in soccer’s pantheon and in the hearts of his countrymen,” Straus says.

The New York Times’ Jere Longman says despite the Brazil national team’s “collapse,” the country was a “good host” for the World Cup.

Bloomberg reporters David Biller and Juan Pablo Spinetto discuss how Brazil proved critics and pessimists wrong during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. “A month ago, everyone from soccer analysts to economists said Brazil would win the World Cup title while the monthlong tournament would be marred by unfinished stadiums, violence and horrific traffic. How things change,” Biller and Spinetto write.

ESPN FC writer Wright Thompson speaks to a expert who reveals the “Rio the World Cup didn’t show.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) spoke with FIFA president Sepp Blatter at the World Cup final. (Getty Images)

Road to 2018 World Cup

CBS News and the Associated Press discuss Russia’s road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, in light of lessons learned in Brazil, and the future for the Brazil national team.

RT explores Russia’s plans for the 2018 World Cup including cost estimates and key infrastructure projects. 

Russia 2018 organizing committee CEO Alexei Sorokin told the ITAR-TASS News Agency that he will “draw on Brazilian experience” while planning for the 2018 World Cup. “Brazilians have managed to organised the tournament perfectly, and there is something we can learn from them,” Sorokin said.

The Moscow Times looks at issues Russia now faces on the road to the 2018 World Cup including: the crisis in Ukraine, racism, and visa-free travel.

Compiled by INSIDER’s Nicole Bennett 

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