Germany's Sami Khedira 10th to Win World Cup and European Cup in Same Year

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 15, 2014

Germany's Sami Khedira points at the trophy after winning the World Cup final soccer match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, July 13, 2014. Mario Goetze volleyed in the winning goal in extra time to give Germany its fourth World Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)
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When Germany triumphed 1-0 over Argentina on Sunday, German midfielder Sami Khedira became just the 10th player in footballing history to win the World Cup and European Cup in the same year, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Khedira, a rumored transfer target of both Chelsea and Arsenal this summer, started for Real Madrid on May 24 in the 2014 UEFA Champions League final, which ended with a 4-1 extra-time victory over cross-town rivals Atletico Madrid.

Khedira had a rather uneventful day for Real in Lisbon, as he picked up a yellow card in stoppage time of the first half and was later subbed out in the 59th minute with his team trailing 1-0.

Like the Champions League final, Sunday's match required extra time, only Khedira wasn't involved in the contest at all.

Expected to start in the midfield after notching a goal and an assist in a 7-1 semifinal trouncing of Brazil, Khedira came down with a calf injury during warmups before Sunday's match. He was replaced in the lineup by Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer, who now has just five caps for Germany's senior team.

Had Argentina emerged victorious in Sunday's final, Khedira's Real Madrid teammate Angel Di Maria would have instead become the 10th player to pull off the vaunted double. Oddly enough, Di Maria was also absent from Sunday's match, unable to play for a second straight game because of a thigh injury.

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Prior to Khedira, the last player to pull off the double was legendary left-back Roberto Carlos, who did it for Brazil and Real Madrid in 2002.

Incredibly, eight of the 10 players to accomplish the double have been German, and all 10 played for either Real or Bayern Munich, per ESPN FC.

Of course, as pointed out by India.com, seven of those 10 players were teammates for both Bayern and West Germany in 1974.

Since '74, only Khedira, Carlos and France/Real man Christian Karembeu (1998) have pulled off the remarkable feat.


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