Final FIFA World Cup power rankings

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By ALEC KLEYER
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Here are the final World Cup power rankings after Germany's big win:

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1. Germany 

Die Mannschaft was the best national side in the 2014 FIFA World Cup — by far. Head Coach, Joachim Low, lead Germany to its first World Cup win since 1990, making this Germany’s third ever World Cup win.

Germany dominated in nearly all aspects of the tournament. They scored the most goals of any team in the tournament with 18 as they proved to be powerhouses on offense and nearly unstoppable. Their finishing was top class with Thomas Müller, Toni Kroos, and Miroslav Klose behind the ball.

They completed 82 percent of their passes, and it was visible in their style of play. Germany was fantastic at passing the ball and held the second highest passing completion percentage of the World Cup.

Their passing skill resulted in the highest average possession per game out of any national team in the cup. Germany did very well holding the ball and were patient until an opening could be breached.

Manuel Neuer was magnificent and won the Golden Glove award. With 24 saves in the entire tournament, the German stood on his head and came out of his net to clear the ball when necessary. It was a pleasure watching Neuer revolutionize the way goalkeepers play their position.

Goals Scored: 18 (1st)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 82% (2nd)

Attacks: 314 (3rd)

Shot on goal per total shots: 72% (1st)

Possession: 58% (1st)

Completed Clearances: 85% (13th)

Saves: 24 (2nd)

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2. Netherlands

Despite the loss to Argentina in the semi-finals, I believe the Dutch deserve the number two spot more than the South American side because of their offensive domination. The two nations were quite similar with their defensive aspects, but offensively the Netherlands rode their oppositions defenses freely.

With Robben up top, who won the Bronze Ball Award for third best player in the entire tournament, and Robin Van Persie, whose stunning header against Spain won best goal scored of the tournament, showed signs of danger at almost any moment of any game.

Agreed, some games were tougher than others, but the danger was always there.

Looking at the Costa Rica game, Holland dominated the entire match but were unable to find an opening against the arguably best defense of the tournament.

Defensively, Holland proved to benefit from the five defender scheme. The Netherlands only conceded four goals in eight games and completed 88 percent of their clearances.

Goals Scored: 15 (2nd)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 78% (8th)

Attacks: 270 (4th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 71% (2nd)

Possession: 50% (16th)

Completed Clearances: 88% (7th)

Saves: 18 (9th)

(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

3. Argentina

An unfortunate but inevitable loss to Germany was heartbreaking for the Argentinians. Their performance in the World Cup earned them the number three spot on this power rankings list.

They didn’t earn number two, despite coming in second place, simply because their offense just couldn’t get it going.

An offense that contains Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain and Angel Di Maria sounds unstoppable. However, only eight goals in eight games doesn’t sound too convincing.

As a team they boast the highest amount of attacks initiated but their finishing was abysmal with only 60 percent of their shots hitting the target.

Possession wise they were second best in the tournament, but that didn’t help them much against a German team that passed the ball better than Argentina.

Goals Scored: 8 (6th)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 77% (11th)

Attacks: 341 (1st)

Shot on goal per total shots: 60% (16th)

Possession: 56% (2nd)

Completed Clearances: 87% (10th)

Saves: 19 (8th)

(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

4. Colombia

Such a young squad with limitless potential.

The likes of James Rodriguez, Juan Cuadrado, Victor Ibarbo and David Ospina performed fantastic at soccer’s biggest stage. They are all youngsters waiting to reach their potential. When they do, Colombia will set their sights on the World Cup trophy.

It’s amazing what Colombia accomplished without their world-class striker Radamel Falcao. Many thought Colombia would still go on to win their weak group, but not by blowing each team out and then reaching the quarter finals.

Goals Scored: 12 (3rd)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 71% (27th)

Attacks: 156 (9th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 67% (3rd)

Possession: 47% (24th)

Completed Clearances: 84% (17th)

Saves: 22 (4th)

(Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

5. Belgium

Belgium is in a very similar scenario as Colombia.

The roster has a tremendous amount of talent, many are very young and have not reached their prime yet. A few examples are Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Romelu Lukaku and Divock Origi.

In four years when the 2018 World Cup rolls around, it would not be a surprise to see Belgium make a deep run in the tournament. They have the potential to win the cup in four years.

Goals Scored: 6 (9th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 75% (17th)

Attacks: 266 (5th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 64% (8th)

Possession: 53% (10th)

Completed Clearances: 95% (2nd)

Saves: 13 (13th)

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

6. France

France had a fairly successful World Cup. They were drawn into a decent group but were unlucky to face Germany in the quarter finals. France was a non-factor in that match and lost by a single goal.

The French missed Frank Ribery on the wing as Mathie Valbuena couldn’t produce.

The goals did still pour in, proving the French were a dangerous opponent for anyone.

Goals Scored: 10 (5th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 79% (5th)

Attacks: 223 (6th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 63% (12th)

Possession: 53% (10th)

Completed Clearances: 82% (22nd)

Saves: 10 (22nd)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

7. Costa Rica

Costa Rica didn’t have the best defense entering the World Cup, but statistically their back line did perform the best. They conceded the least amount of goals with only two goals conceded in five matches.

Otherwise, they made a much deeper run than expected due to their dangerous counter attacks. No one expected this team to even get a point in their group; they managed to go undefeated and silenced their critics.

Goals Scored: 5 (12th)

Goals Conceded: 2 (1st)

Completed Passes: 71% (27th)

Attacks: 130 (22nd)

Shot on goal per total shots: 47% (30th)

Possession: 43% (30th)

Completed Clearances: 77% (26th)

Saves: 21 (6th)

(AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

8. Brazil

A young and very humble Brazilian team upsets its nation. What a shocker.

This team entered the tournament as favorites according to many analysts only because the tournament was held in their country.

Brazil didn’t have the best roster and they didn’t play well together. Brazil has lost its Brazilian touch, which the old roster with Kaka, Ronaldinho, and Ronaldo used to have. Joga Bonito is a thing of the past for Brazil, and that is why they lost their dominance at the international level.

Brazil has a fairly young roster, and many players still have yet to bloom. We shall see what Brazil can do in 2018 when players like Neymar, Oscar, and Willian to name a few, reach their potential.

Goals Scored: 11 (4th)

Goals Conceded: 14 (32nd)

Completed Passes: 76% (15th)

Attacks: 319 (2nd)

Shot on goal per total shots: 65% (6th)

Possession: 54% (10th)

Completed Clearances: 79% (24th)

Saves: 10 (22nd)

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9. Chile

Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal, two superstars on the club level, performed as two superstars for their country. The two helped Chile beat Spain and go on to the round of 16.

Not many analysts had Chile coming out of their group, but the nation pulled through. Chile surprised many with their brilliant, original style of football. They were a pleasant surprise.

Goals Scored: 6 (9th)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 77% (11th)

Attacks: 150 (10th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 50% (27th)

Possession: 55.3% (6th)

Completed Clearances: 83% (19th)

Saves: 18 (9th)

(Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

10. Switzerland

Switzerland is yet another example of a nation boasting a fairly young roster. Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri, Valentin Stocker and their entire forward line are all under 25 years old.

This nation has a very bright future ahead of them when their main players reach their potential.

Switzerland can easily make it to the quarter finals at the next world cup if their players peak in time.

Goals Scored: 7 (7th)

Goals Conceded: 7 (25th)

Completed Passes: 77% (11th)

Attacks: 148 (11th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 62% (13th)

Possession: 47.8% (22nd)

Completed Clearances: 74% (29th)

Saves: 22 (4th)

(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

11. Mexico

Mexico boasted a very solid defense this year. They only conceded three goals, but most of the credit goes to Ochoa in net, who at times seemed like a brick wall.

Mexico’s defense got them as far as the round of 16, but an unfortunate penalty knocked them out of the cup.

Goals Scored: 5 (12th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 75% (17th)

Attacks: 136 (16th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 48% (29th)

Possession: 48.8% (21st)

Completed Clearances: 77% (26th)

Saves: 10 (22nd)

(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

12. USA

The American Outlaws should be very pleased with their boys in red, white, and blue. Beating Ghana (finally), and grabbing a point against Portugal were very important milestones in Jurgen Klinsmann’s career and the USMNT’s history.

The USMNT were unfortunate to lose to Belgium for they had a late opportunity in Chris Wondolowski to win the match when he missed a simple tap in goal.

Goals Scored: 5 (12th)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 77% (11th)

Attacks: 131 (20th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 66% (4th)

Possession: 44.5% (28th)

Completed Clearances: 77% (26th)

Saves: 28 (1st)

(AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

13. Ecuador

Ecuador was very unfortunate to be drafted into a tough group. They were the third best in their group but could have easily been second best in a few others.

The nation’s defense was a brick wall at times, remaining adamant and conceding only three goals. They also kept France at bay, not allowing the French a single goal.

Goals Scored: 3 (21st)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 68% (30th)

Attacks: 103 (26th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 62% (13th)

Possession: 45% (27th)

Completed Clearances: 92% (3rd)

Saves: 18 (9th)

(AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

14. Nigeria

Nigera kept attacking, and attacking, and attacking, but it wasn’t enough when they couldn’t finish.

They had 157 attacks and 64 percent of their shots were on target — but only scored three goals. They were dangerous at times, but their finishing is what got them eliminated in the round of 16.

Goals Scored: 3 (21st)

Goals Conceded: 5 (16th)

Completed Passes: 74% (22nd)

Attacks: 157 (8th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 64% (8th)

Possession: 51% (14th)

Completed Clearances: 90% (5th)

Saves: 21 (6th)

(AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

15. Bosnia

Bosnia is very similar to Nigeria when it comes to attacking. They didn’t have as many attacks as the African side, but their shot on goal conversion was the same. Bosnia did, however, score one more goal than Nigeria.

Bosnia wasn’t able to advance to the round of 16 despite courageous play.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 80% (4th)

Attacks: 132 (19th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 64% (8th)

Possession: 54.7% (8th)

Completed Clearances: 72% (31st)

Saves: 13 (13th)

(Photo by Ibrahim Yakut/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

16. Algeria

Algeria is a surprise inclusion in the top 16, but is understandable when looking at how they played.

They proved they can score when they poured four goals on South Korea, but their defense couldn’t hold up equally. The impressive display from their goalkeeper, Adi Mbolhi, wasn’t enough to stop the goals from coming in.

Goals Scored: 7 (7th)

Goals Conceded: 7 (25th)

Completed Passes: 68% (30th)

Attacks: 103 (26th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 59% (17th)

Possession: 41.3% (31st)

Completed Clearances: 85% (13th)

Saves: 23 (3rd)

(Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

17. Uruguay

Uruguay would be higher up in the rankings if they didn’t depend on Luis Suarez. In the games that Suarez played in, Uruguay easily looked like a top 10 team, but without the main man, they were terrible.

Edison Cavani had a terrible World Cup performance, and only scored when Luis Suarez assisted him. In his one on one situation against England, he missed the goal completely.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 71% (27th)

Attacks: 138 (14th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 59% (17th)

Possession: 46% (25th)

Completed Clearances: 82% (22nd)

Saves: 10 (22nd)

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

18. Ivory Coast

Despite losing to Greece and not qualifying for the round of 16, Ivory Coast still played much better than the Greeks.

They scored one more goal and conceded the same amount. They completed more passes than not and converted more shots on target than Greece. Not to mention the completed clearance percentage was substantially higher.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 5 (16th)

Completed Passes: 79% (5th)

Attacks: 133 (18th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 64% (8th)

Possession: 55.7% (4th)

Completed Clearances: 85% (13th)

Saves: 8 (27th)

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19. Greece

Greece didn’t deserve to make it to the round of 16 over the Ivory Coast, but a controversial penalty helped them advance.

Greece was ineffective offensively and defensively. They attacked more than enough but just barely got over half their shots on goal. They chose quantity over quality.

Goals Scored: 3 (21st)

Goals Conceded: 5 (16th)

Completed Passes: 75% (17th)

Attacks: 167 (7th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 52% (23rd)

Possession: 47.3% (23rd)

Completed Clearances: 78% (25th)

Saves: 11 (19th)

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20. Italy

Well, Italy had their passing game going for them. Their one decent talking point is their ability to pass the ball. They had the highest pass completion percentage with 85 percent of their passes completed.

They also remained adamant in the back with only three goals conceded, but then again it was in a span of three games. They were less impressive than Costa Rica who only conceded two in five games.

Italy now is on the lookout for a new head coach to take over.

Goals Scored: 2 (26th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 85% (1st)

Attacks: 100 (28th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 52% (23rd)

Possession: 55% (7th)

Completed Clearances: 73% (30th)

Saves: 12 (15th)

(AP Photo/Francois Xavier Marit, pool)

21. Spain

The defending champs are once again unable to make it past the group stages the following World Cup. A new curse? Probably not. Spain just played poorly.

They had their passing play going for them, but it only got them so far. They couldn’t produce offensively, with only one goal in total against Holland and Chile. Then when they changed up their lineup against Australia they scored three. Clearly a lot of changes need to be made.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 7 (25th)

Completed Passes: 82% (2nd)

Attacks: 131 (20th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 66% (4th)

Possession: 56% (2nd)

Completed Clearances: 87% (10th)

Saves: 7 (29th)

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22. Russia

The Russians don’t have much going for them in 2018 if they continue to play like how they did in this World Cup. Three goals conceded in three games is okay for the Russian side, but only two goals scored is very poor.

They couldn’t complete passes as well as others, and thus their possession suffered.

Russia needs to fire Fabio Capello and hire someone who will understand the system the Russian roster can play under.

Goals Scored: 2 (26th)

Goals Conceded: 3 (2nd)

Completed Passes: 74% (22nd)

Attacks: 134 (17th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 59% (17th)

Possession: 49.3% (17th)

Completed Clearances: 91% (4th)

Saves: 10 (22nd)

(Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

23. Croatia

Croatia had a poor defensive showing in the 2014 World Cup. Croatia is very dangerous in the middle with Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric, with Mario Mandzukic up top. However, their defense couldn’t keep them in the games.

Goals Scored: 6 (9th)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 74% (22nd)

Attacks: 123 (25th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 56% (20th)

Possession: 49.3% (17th)

Completed Clearances: 100% (1st)

Saves: 5 (32nd)

(AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

24. Portugal

Portugal passed the ball well, just not enough times. Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t 100 percent fit to play. Pepe got a red card in the first game — no surprise there — and had to miss a game. Injuries piled up in Fabio Coentrao and Hugo Almeida. There just wasn’t much luck for the Portugese in this tournament. Not their year.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 7 (25th)

Completed Passes: 79% (5th)

Attacks: 129 (23rd)

Shot on goal per total shots: 53% (22nd)

Possession: 50.7% (15th)

Completed Clearances: 67% (32nd)

Saves: 7 (29th)

(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa)

25. Korea

Korea played with a lot of heart. They don’t have much talent to pass around but they played with a lot of determination, something lacking in a lot of teams in this year’s World Cup.

Korea did well in converting 65 percent of their shots on target, but they couldn’t finish, only scoring three goals in three games.

Goals Scored: 3 (21st)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 75% (17th)

Attacks: 128 (24th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 65% (6th)

Possession: 52.3% (13th)

Completed Clearances: 85% (13th)

Saves: 12 (15th)

(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

26. Ghana

What a mess. Ghana only converted 41 percent of their shots on target. It’s amazing how their players can be so inaccurate so many times. Their defense couldn’t hold up as they conceded two goals in each match they played. Passing was an issue as well for the African side, for they couldn’t complete enough passes to enjoy a healthy amount of possession.

Goals Scored: 4 (15th)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 73% (25th)

Attacks: 142 (12th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 41% (32nd)

Possession: 49% (19th)

Completed Clearances: 86% (11th)

Saves: 12 (15th)

(Photo by Dennis Grombkowski - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

27. Japan

Japan, on the other hand, did a very decent job on the ball. They had a very good passing completion rate, which resulted in the fourth highest average possession per game. If only they converted that time spent on the ball into worthwhile attacks, they would’ve made a statement in their group.

Instead, Japan only scored two goals in their three matches.

Goals Scored: 2 (26th)

Goals Conceded: 6 (19th)

Completed Passes: 78% (8th)

Attacks: 141 (13th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 61% (15th)

Possession: 55.7% (4th)

Completed Clearances: 83% (19th)

Saves: 8 (27th)

(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

28. England

England needs to fire Roy Hodgson and hire someone who will bring the best out of their youngsters. England has a roster full of tremendous potential.

Their defense needs a good makeover and Rooney needs to retire. In 2018 there could be a very different England side.

Goals Scored: 2 (26th)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 78% (8th)

Attacks: 138 (14th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 49% (28th)

Possession: 54.3% (9th)

Completed Clearances: 83% (19th)

Saves: 6 (31st)

(Photo by Bob Thomas/Popperfoto/Getty Images)

29. Australia

Down to the last four. Australia is the best of the worst.

They gave a decent fight against Holland, going up 2 to 1 before conceding two goals and losing the match.

Goals Scored: 3 (21t)

Goals Conceded: 9 (30th)

Completed Passes: 76% (15th)

Attacks: 90 (30th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 52% (23rd)

Possession: 43.7% (29th)

Completed Clearances: 88% (8th)

Saves: 11 (19th)

(AP Photo/Jon Super)

30. Iran

Iran did a fairly decent job on defense, conceding only four goals against a very attacking group featuring Argentina, Nigeria, and Bosnia.

Attacking wise they were atrocious.

Goals Scored: 1 (30th)

Goals Conceded: 4 (8th)

Completed Passes: 64% (32nd)

Attacks: 74 (32nd)

Shot on goal per total shots: 55% (21st)

Possession: 34% (32nd)

Completed Clearances: 84% (17th)

Saves: 12 (15th)

(Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)

31. Honduras

Honduras was very physical but nothing else. They weren’t much of a factor in any match they played in and were absent of action.

Goals Scored: 1 (30th)

Goals Conceded: 8 (29th)

Completed Passes: 76% (15th)

Attacks: 86 (31st)

Shot on goal per total shots: 52% (23rd)

Possession: 49% (19th)

Completed Clearances: 89% (6th)

Saves: 11 (19th)

(AP Photo/David Vincent)

32. Cameroon

Cameroon never really had a chance. They were poor in the front, in the back, on the wings. They were the worst team in the World Cup. Nothing went right for this African side.

Goals Scored: 1 (30th)

Goals Conceded: 9 (30th)

Completed Passes: 73% (25th)

Attacks: 100 (28th)

Shot on goal per total shots: 43% (31st)

Possession: 45.7% (26th)

Completed Clearances: 88% (8th)

Saves: 15 (12th)

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