World Cup Brazil: Preview final match Germany - Argentina in Rio de Janeiro
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 28, July 2014
Rio de Janeiro — On Sunday 13 July 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Germany and Argentina determine which team will be world champions the next four years. An aligned, efficient attacking machine against a bland, defensive ensemble with one definite super star.
For the first time in twelve years, Germany is in a World Cup final again, but it does not meet the finalist of four years ago. Argentina beat The Netherlands on penalties, making the quote "never a European world champion on South American soil" still applicabale until the final of
World Cup Soccer 2014,
Germany - Argentina.
Germany was playing rather anonymously until the semifinal against Brasil last week.
Germany humiliated the host team of World Cup 2014 with a score of no less than 7-1.
The fact is that in the last thirty years Germany has been reaching at least the quarterfinals (only twice, in 1994 and 1998) at World Cup soccer tournaments. In the last three editions the Europeans ranked second (2002) and third (2006, 2010).
World Cup 2014 final: An efficient soccer machine...
How different is it for Argentina, which from the beginning of this tournament knows that
star player Lionel Messireally needs to guide the team. Closer to the title than this tournament the four times FIFA World Player of the Year will probably not get in his soccer career.
It is far from outstanding what the Argentine soccer team has been showing so far at World Cup 2014. Not once a match was won by more than one goal difference. Twice Argentina needed extra time to go through and even once a penalty shootout.
Almost everyone agrees Argentina will start the World Cup 2014 final as underdogs. Of course, the team of Alejandro Sabella has the advantage that the soil is South American and that the temperature is not very German.
... against a capricious soccer prodigy
But Germany is able to play much better soccer which the team of Joachim Löw has been demonstrating now and then the last few weeks at the
World Cup in Brazil.
Acknowledged soccer powers Portugal (group stage, 4-0), and as mentioned Brasil (semifinals, 7-1) were blown away.
Also with the teams of France and the United States Die Mannschaft had not much trouble.
Germany can be very efficient which was demonstrated by the 5-0 lead after half an hour against Brasil.
What can still make it an exciting World Cup final? Lionel Messi. Without him, the two-time world champions Argentina would be a World Cup wallflower that should have been happy with a quarterfinal entry at World Cup 2014. However, Messi was not noticed anymore after the second round match against Switzerland (assisting the winning goal).
Nevertheless, everyone in the soccer world knows that Lionel Messi might be the centre of attention once more against Germany in the
World Cup 2014 final venue, the Maracana stadium. He is the one player who can decide a soccer match all by himself in the spur of the moment.
Against the slightly better Dutch team in the semifinals, Argentina had its defense quite in order. But Germany has scored in six World Cup soccer matches already seventeen times...
Results of the latest soccer matches between Germany and Argentina:
|15-08-2012||Germany - Argentina||1 — 3||Friendly match|
|03-07-2010||Argentina - Germany||0 — 4||World Cup Quarter Finals|
|03-03-2010||Germany - Argentina||0 — 1||Friendly match|
|30-06-2006||Germany - Argentina||5 — 3||World Cup Quarter Finals|
|21-06-2006||Argentina - Germany||2 — 2||Confederations Cup group A|
|09-02-2005||Germany - Argentina||2 — 2||Friendly match|
|17-04-2002||Germany - Argentina||0 — 1||Friendly match|
Matches & Standings Final rounds - FIFA World Cup 2014