The prize goes to the most consistent


mario goetz world cup goalIt wasn’t Mario Goetze’s sublimely chested reception of a lofted center or his twisting left-footed volley that won the World Cup for Germany. It was the consistency of its team.

A feat of artistic football perfection, Goetze’s goal will doubtless be chronicled along with the works of Michelangelo. But the mind-boggling shot that beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time was only the fruit of a team that has made soccer into a science.

Goetz World cup 2014

Probably the Argentinians were expecting to go to penalties. Or maybe they were just plain tired. But they left Goetze unmarked late in extra time for him to execute a logic-defying goal.

Germany was the first country to apply America’s sports science (from baseball, football and basketball) to soccer. They scout nationwide talent from 8-year-olds upwards. They methodically develop stars. They rigorously analyze strengths and weaknesses. They practice meticulously every possible play in the free-flowing sport that has no huddle, no time-outs, no plays called from the sidelines.

Argentina seemed only to come to life in semi-finals. With flair and an energetic midfield, Argentina showed moments of brilliance in the final but were unlucky to not finish.

In the end, the Sons of Science beat the Kings of Creativity.

14-germany-cup

The $10 million chunk of goal goes to Germany for the fourth time in history.

Germany defended tenaciously and waited, waited, waited for just one defensive lapse, a moment that came deep in extra time when substitute Goetz found himself unmarked in the area. The baby-faced wunderkind bounced the ball perfectly off his chest and confounded ace goalie Sergio Romero by spinning and smashing the ball into the opposite side of the goal.

The gem of a goal only crowned a winning system.

Bastian Schweinsteiger consoles Messi.

Bastian Schweinsteiger consoles Messi.

I was disappointed because I wanted Lionel Messi to win the only trophy missing from his war chest. I admire Messi for his humility and ability. Plus, he plays for my favorite club team, FC Barcelona.

But I can’t moan much. Germany deserved the final.

Actually, their win answers a great Christian dilemma. If all sins can be forgiven, why try to serve the Lord? Why not consent to your flesh since you can still make Heaven?

The reason is prize goes to the consistent. While you can always make Heaven with some repentance, you miss so many blessings in your life through your disobedience. Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not condemning anyone. We all flub. But I encourage — myself included — to strive to do better. Let’s all (Christians) strive to be more consistent in our service to God. WE will reap the benefits.

6 responses to “The prize goes to the most consistent

  1. I agree totally and offer one comment: I was a Messi fan and even though I felt Germany had the upper hand, decided to support Argentina. It was a good game and like you say, the more consistent team won (and rightfully so) but I personally felt that Messi could have accepted defeat much more graciously. He didn’t shake any of the supporter’s hands as he walked to get his award, neither did he seem as though he wanted to be part of the prize giving ceremony at all – yes, Argentina lost but they came second, they didn’t go home early like Spain or England. I am not a football guru by any means so maybe I am seeing this from the wrong perspective(/). Sometimes it’s not about how you behave when you win, but moreso the face you show to the world when you lose.

    • I understand what you’re saying, but I think I understand what he was thinking. I believe he was being very hard on himself for failing so many attempts. He was trying not to cry.
      They compare him to Maradona, who carried the team. In this final, Messi missed quite a few shots. He “failed” to carry the team. He was probably feeling like a failure.
      Also, the World Cup trophy is the only one he hasn’t won. So he’s disgusted with himself. He’s wondering if 4 years from now he’ll be able to do it (probably not).
      I think it was a bitter pill for him. I don’t think he was showing poor sportsmanship. If you look at how Schweinsteiger tries to cheer him up, you can kind of understand what’s going on through his head.
      I do agree that good sportsmanship is important. But the final did show a great amount of good sportsmanship. At least we didn’t see the streetfighting techniques of Netherlands (4 years ago) nor the dirty tricks of Italy (8 years ago). With the exception of Aguero,everybody played soccer and not dirty tricks. Hope my comments add to the thoughts and discussion about it. 😀

  2. Though I was the soccer team photographer in college, I don’t pay a great deal of attention to sports these days. However, your application of spiritual principles at the end of the post was excellent!

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