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2014 World Cup Final

Germany - affiliated with FIFA since 1904. vs Argentina - affiliated with FIFA since 1912.
Germany vs Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.

Match Preview

The last time Argentina made it through to the World Cup Final, they lost to Germany (0:1) in Rome; although they did beat West Germany (3:2) in Mexico City, four years previously. Win this one and they equal Germany's three World Cup Finals victories.

The World United Through Football World Cup Winners:

Football in Germany Germany (3) - all in Europe.
Switzerland 1954; West Germany 1974; Italy 1990.

Football in Argentina Argentina (2) - both in Latin America.
Argentina 1978; Mexico 1986.

Germany and Argentina have also met twice in the quarter finals (Germany 2006 and South Africa 2010) and twice in the group stage (Sweden 1958 and England 1966)

Germany won (4:0) in the Cape Town quarter-final and (4:2) on penalties, after the game ended one goal each, in Berlin quarter-final.

Germany beat Argentina (3:1) in the Malmo group game and eventually went out to Sweden (1:3) in the semi-final.

As for the group matches, the Birmingham encounter ended without a goal; then Germany went on to contest the World Cup Final with England.

The Match

Vatican Flag

Were the two Popes, Benedict from Germany and Francis from Argentina, watching this match in The Vatican together?

Brazil 2014 might have been a great World Cup Finals in general but the final game itself will not go down as the most memorable in history.

For ninety minutes neither team managed to score a goal and the neutrals were preparing to see goalkeepers Manuel Neuer and Sergio Romero try to win the World Cup for their team; with a vital penalty save, or two.

Goalscorers Extra-Time:
The only goal of the game came in the 113th minute when Mario Gotze, on for Miroslav Klose, converted Andre Schurrle's cross; giving Germany their fourth gold star to put on their shirt, equalling Italy and now just one behind Brazil.

Lionel Messi received the Golden Ball as the tournaments best player, but I'm sure that's very little consolation to the 100,000 Argentina fans who travelled across the border to see him lift the other golden trophy.

It's not nice to lose a World Cup Final but it sure is nice to be in one.

Final Score: Germany 1 - Argentina 0 aet


Travel to Germany Germany:
1-Manuel Neuer; 16-Philipp Lahm, 20-Jerome Boateng, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Howedes; 6-Sami Khedira, 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 13-Thomas Muller, 18-Toni Kroos; 8-Mesut Ozil, 11-Miroslav Klose.

Travel to Argentina Argentina:
1-Sergio Romero; 4-Pablo Zabaleta, 15-Martin Demichelis, 2-Ezequiel Garay, 16-Marcos Rojo; 6-Lucas Biglia, 14-Javier Mascherano, 8-Enzo Perez; 9-Gonzalo Higuain, 10.-Lionel Messi, 22-Ezequiel Lavezzi.

2014 World Cup Referees Referee: Nicola Rizzoli - Italy Travel to Italy

Yellow Cards 4 yellow cards.

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