Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 FIFA World Cup Final

The 2014 FIFA World Cup Final is a football match that will take place on 13 July 2014 at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to determine the winner of the 2014 World Cup.[1][2]

The final will be played between Germany and Argentina. A repeat of the 1986 and 1990 finals, this will be the third final between the two countries, a World Cup record.

Germany have reached the World Cup final seven times (six times as West Germany from 1954 to 1990), winning three (1954, 1974, 1990) and losing four (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002); Argentina have reached four finals, winning twice (1978, 1986) and losing twice (1930, 1990).

In the semi-finals, Germany beat Brazil 7–1 and Argentina won a penalty shootout against the Netherlands (0–0 draw after extra time).

The two teams have met in 20 previous matches with 6 wins for Germany, 5 draws, and 9 wins by Argentina and both teams scoring a total of 28 goals. Six matches were at the World Cup, two of them being finals:

    In the 1958 FIFA World Cup Group 1, West Germany defeated Argentina 3–1.[3]
    In the 1966 FIFA World Cup Group 2, West Germany and Argentina drew 0–0.[4]
    In the 1986 FIFA World Cup Final, Argentina defeated West Germany 3–2 to win their second and most recent title.[5]
    In the 1990 FIFA World Cup Final, West Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 to win their third and most recent title.[6]
    In the 2006 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, Germany defeated Argentina 4–2 on penalties (1–1 draw after extra time).[7]
    In the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals, Germany defeated Argentina 4–0.[8]

Among the players in the 2014 World Cup squads, the following played in the 2006 and 2010 meetings:

        Germany: Miroslav Klose, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, and Bastian Schweinsteiger;
        Argentina: Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez (Lionel Messi and Rodrigo Palacio were unused substitutes)
        Germany: Jérôme Boateng, Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose, Toni Kroos (substitute), Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Thomas Müller, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, and Bastian Schweinsteiger;
        Argentina: Sergio Agüero (substitute), Martín Demichelis, Ángel di María, Gonzalo Higuaín, Javier Mascherano, Lionel Messi, Maxi Rodríguez, and Sergio Romero (Mariano Andújar was an unused substitute)

Klose scored one goal in the 2006 meeting and two goals in the 2010 meeting, while Müller scored one goal in the 2010 meeting.[9] Germany manager Joachim Löw was the assistant manager in 2006 and the manager in 2010.

The most recent meeting between the two teams was a friendly match played on 15 August 2012 at Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt am Main, won by Argentina 3–1.[10]

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