July 13, 2014; Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL; Germany defender Philipp Lahm (16) holds the World Cup trophy and celebrates with teammates after defeating Argentina and winning the 2014 World Cup at Maracana Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Groothuis/Witters Sport via USA TODAY Sports

Video Of The Day: ESPN's World Cup Montage

The 2014 World Cup in Brazil is over and I’m having a hard time believing it. It was a month-long tournament that captured our hearts and imaginations and provided us with some unforgettable moments. From jaw-dropping goals, to unbelievable saves, to life-changing triumphs and heart-breaking disappointments.

This World Cup was one of the best in recent memory and the story lines it provided will echo in the history of football for decades to come. No one will ever forget the way Germany steamrolled their way to the final and the humiliation they inflicted on Brazil. Much will be said about Miroslav Klose’s record breaking goals, Andre Schurrle’s super-sub appearances, Manuel Neuer’s outside the box adventures, and of course Mario Gotze’s World Cup-winning volley.

The coverage provided by ESPN throughout the tournament was tremendous and the quality of it was always excellent. They presented a variety of experts from the different nations competing and even with Alexi Lalas’s brash nature, it was always fantastic television.

The video of the day comes from ESPN and it is the closing montage that was played after the World Cup final. It takes us through the journey from the opening matches, to the round of 16, the quarterfinals, the semifinals, and of course the dramatic grand finale.

It is done with typical aplomb by the wizards at ESPN and it showed us the brilliance of football on display in the world stage. It gave us an inside look at the agony of defeat and the ecstasy of victory. I don’t know what FOX has in store for the 2018 World Cup in Russia but they certainly have some mighty big shoes to fill.

Here is the video of the World Cup closing montage, to be enjoyed in full screen of course, by ESPN:

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