Even if it doesn't leave its players -- so many of whom go into finance -- with brain damage, soccer still has its charms.
And amazingly enough, the Times coverage has been both interesting and data-driven, with lots of neat charts.
I'm mildly rooting for #GER, because of I think team philosophy is good for the game. Although I could be rooting for #ARG, because they put it to the IMF.
HOW HARD CAN IT BE?! #WorldCupFinal
— Elizabeth Windsor (@Queen_UK) July 13, 2014