2014 World Cup nation by nation review

32 nations went into the World Cup with hopes of realising dreams. Reflect on those that were dashed and those that were exceeded in our nation by nation review.

Lasting legacy

Germany proved too strong for Brazil and Argentina on their way to success, whilst the Dutch ended a fine summer in third place…

2014 World Cup winners: Germany

Runners-up: Argentina Third place: Netherlands Fourth place: Brazil

Close quarters

The quarter-finals proved one step too far for dark horses and underdogs alike, as four countries departed with only broken dreams to take home...

Quarter-finals: France - Colombia - Belgium - Costa Rica

Round of 16 heroes

The Round of 16 may have seen every group stage winner ultimately progress, but the eliminated eight teams produced fight and heroics in equal measure...

Round of 16: Chile - Uruguay - Mexico - Greece - Nigeria - Algeria - Switzerland - USA

Group stage drop-outs

Not every country lived up to hopes in Brazil. Reflect with us on the teams who departed the competition much earlier than they had hoped...

A: Croatia - Cameroon B: Spain - Australia C: Ivory Coast - Japan D: Italy - England
E: Ecuador - Honduras F: Bosnia - Iran G: Portugal - Ghana H: Russia - South Korea