Maracana memories as a new chapter awaits

  • Last in our series on eye-catching World Cup images

  • This one captures the Trophy overlooking the 2014 Final

  • Germany's Maracana goal hero among several missing Russia 2018

In the fast-moving world of football, it already seems a distant memory.

Yet this FIFA World Cup™ Final from four years ago represents our last glimpse of the beautiful game's greatest tournament. It will remain that way, too, at least for the next week, until a new chapter in the World Cup story begins unfolding in Russia next Thursday with the 2018 edition's Opening Match.

The 2014 decider unfolded, of course, in the spectacular surroundings of Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium, and resulted in German elation and Argentinian heartbreak.

Manuel Neuer described the win as a "dream come true", while Mario Gotze reflected on the "indescribable moment" that was his extra-time winner.

But while Joachim Low lauded Gotze as "a miracle boy - a boy wonder" in the game's aftermath, the 2014 hero's omission from Germany's 2018 squad reflects how quickly football moves on. Indeed, just nine of Low's title-winning squad have made the cut for Russia 2018.

The stage is therefore set for new heroes to emerge, and for fresh tales to unfold.

Did you know? Among the unique items from Brazil 2014 at the FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich is the tracksuit worn by another of Germany's Maracana heroes, Thomas Muller.