Stunning Facts and Moments from 2014 World Cup

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Stunning Facts and Moments from 2014 World Cup
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You may have thought the 2014 FIFA World Cup was over after Germany vanquished Argentina to take its fourth cup (and global bragging rights), but coverage of the spectacle is merely in extra time.

And just like the white-knuckle theatrics of this year's extra-time finishes, you'll be blown away by some of the awesome—and sometimes downright bonkers—moments captured while the world watched.

What else can you expect when soccer fans (even if some are only "tourists" of the sport) from around the globe get together and share in the joy of victory...and the agony of defeat? 

From crazy social media traffic to international geopolitical brouhahas, there was no shortage of World Cup stories and curiosities.

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