Current Affairs Global - 14 July 2014

1. Germany won the 2014 FIFA world cup after defeating Argentina by 1-0 in the final match held yesterday. With this Germany has become the first European team to win the World Cup in South America. Substitute Mario Goetze scored the winning and the only goal in the 113th minute of the match, securing the world cup for his team. This was Germany-s fourth World Cup triumph after winning in 1990 for the last time against Maradona-s Argentina.

Though Argentina Captain Lionel Messi failed to join the Ivy league of greats like Diego Maradona and Pele after losing the final match, he was was awarded with the Golden Ball award for best player in the world cup.

Arjen Robben of Holland and James Rodríguez of Colombia were awarded with the Golden Boot award as the tournament-s top scorer with six goals. Germany-s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was awarded with the Golden Glove award while France-s Paul Pogba was named as the tournament-s best young player and Colombia were given the fair play award.

2. Former Sri Lanka Skipper Mahela Jayawardene has announced his retirement from Test Cricket following the home series against South Africa and Pakistan this year. He will retire from Test Cricket after playing to tests against South Africa this month and two-match test series against Pakistan next month. He played 145 Tests and scored 11,493 runs with 33 centuries and 48 fifties.

He also confirmed that he would play in One-Day Internationals for now, which means he will be available for the next Cricket world cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.