Post title in honor of Peter King, the great American football writer.... #1 - The best team won...Germany was clearly the best team at this World Cup, and given how young many members of their core are, could become the first country in over fifty years to win back-to-back World Cups. #2 - Having a single super-star is not enough. Argentina was over-reliant on Messi the entire tournament, and struggled to score goals in the knockout rounds against stronger defenses. Portugal underperformed in large part because Ronaldo was less than 100%. Brazil fell to pieces when Neymar got injured. Having a superstar is certainly better than not having one, but rely on a single superstar at your own peril. #3 - Where have all the #10's gone? Both in the club game and at the national level, there is a distinct lack of young playmaking midfielders being developed (except for Germany, of course, which has about five of them). Messi and Neymar are withdrawn strikers....Ronaldo is a winger. Pirlo, Xavi, Iniesta, and Sneidjer are now all the wrong side of thirty. #4 - Where have all the #9's gone? Other than Robin Van Persie and to a lesser extent Miroslav Klose, true strikers had a mediocre tournament. Now maybe that's because defenses are packing the midfield and clogging up the passing lanes, but Higuain missed more than a handful of good chances, Fred and Hulk were embarrassments for Brazil, and Karim Benzema inconsistent at best. And given that Spain and now Germany have proven that you can win without a #9, is the position itself going to become extinct? #5 - There is more parity in soccer now than at any time in the past. Costa Rica won a group with England, Italy, and Uruguay, made the quarterfinals, and took Holland to PK's for a place in the semifinals. Algeria took Germany to extra time. Iran, Bosnia, and Nigeria all gave Argentina a serious run for their money and only lost by one goal. Mexico, Chile, and Colombia showed that they were every bit the equal of Brazil. Italy failed to advance out of the group stages for the second consecutive World Cup. All in all, you've got a group of about 15-20 teams that can each beat each other on any given day, a level of depth which I think is unprecedented in soccer history. #6 - The overall talent level is at its lowest in a long time. Outside of Messi, Neymar, and Ronaldo, and maybe Robben & Van Persie, you've very few true superstars. England, Italy, France, Brazil, Argentina, Holland, Spain...none of them have any superstars under 30 (except for Messi & Neymar). Compare that to the level of talent at the 1990/1994/1998 World Cups....Maradona, Matthaus, Klinsmann, Van Basten, Rijkaard, Gullit, Koeman, Romario, Ronaldo, Baggio, Baresi, Maldini, Zidane, Bergkamp, Stoichkov, Hagi, etc.