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Argentina-Germany Gameday Guide
by Paul Kennedy, July 12th, 2014 9:29PM
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TAGS:  argentina, germany, world cup 2014


[BRAZIL 2014] For all the talk about their two previous World Cup finals, in 1986 and 1990, Argentina and Germany have a more recent history. Germany will be favored on Sunday when it faces Argentina at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro, but neither coach expects a game like four years ago when Germany crushed Argentina, 4-0, sending it out in the quarterfinals for the second straight World Cup.

What They're Saying ...

ARGENTINA. "Our team is more conservative than four years ago, we are looking to triumph via a different path. The teams are different although most of the players are the same. We'll give our all as always, with sacrifice, humility, hard work, being down to earth, giving before receiving, protecting one another, so that Argentina can be a champion again. We will do our best. More than that we cannot do." (Coach Alejandro Sabella)

GERMANY. "This team does not live solely on [Lionel] Messi. They have a good compact organization, better than in 2010. They can pressure opponents with their first line of attack early on, but they also sometimes fall back, and what is also one of their strengths - through defending and ball possession they bring Messi, [Angel] Di Maria and [Sergio] Aguero quickly into the game. They can be behind the ball with eight or nine and then launch quick attacks." (Coach Joachim Loew)

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Starting Lineups ...

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

GERMANY. 1-Manuel Neuer; 16-Philipp Lahm, 20-Jerome Boateng, 5-Mats Hummels, 4-Benedikt Hoewedes; 7-Bastian Schweinsteiger, 6-Sami Khedira, 13-Thomas Mueller, 18-Toni Kroos, 8-Mesut Ozil; 11-Miroslav Klose.


Italian Nicola Rizzoli will referee the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany. It will be the third Argentina match he has done after the 3-2 win over Nigeria and 1-0 win over Belgium. The 42-year-old Rizzoli also did the Netherlands-Spain game in the group stage.

Injury Report ...

ARGENTINA. Angel Di Maria sat out the Netherlands game after straining his right thigh in the quarterfinals against Belgium. Sabella said the Real Madrid star is doing better but would not say whether he'll be fit for the final.

GERMANY. After leaving the semifinal against Brazil at the half, central defender Mats Hummels underwent treatment for tendinitis in his knee but he returned to training with the rest of the German team on Friday.

Past Meetings

2010 World Cup. Germany 4-0, quarterfinals.

2006 World Cup. Germany 1-1 (4-2 on penalties), quarterfinals.

1990 World Cup. West Germany, 1-0, final

1986 World Cup. Argentina, 3-2, final.

Road to Rio ...

June 15 in Rio de Janeiro
Argentina 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina 1. Goals: own goal 3, Messi 65; Ibisevic 85.
June 21 in Belo Horizonte
Argentina 1 Iran 0. Goal: Messi 90+1.
June 25 in Porto Alegre
Argentina 3 Nigeria 2. Goals: Messi 3, 45+, Rojo 50; Musa 4, 47.
July 1 in Sao Paulo
Argentina 1 Switzerland 0 (OT). Goal: Di Maria 118.
July 5 in Brasilia
Argentina 1 Belgium 0. Goals: Higuain 8.
July 9 in Sao Paulo
Argentina 0 Netherlands 0.
(Argentina wins 4-2 on penalties.)

June 16 in Salvador
Germany 4 Portugal 0. Goals: Mueller pen. 12, 45+1, 78, Hummels 32.
June 21 in Fortaleza
Germany 2 Ghana 2. Goals: Goetze 51, Klose 70; A.Ayew 54, Gyan 63.
June 26 in Recife
Germany 1 USA 0. Goal: Mueller 55.
June 30 in Porto Alegre
Germany 2 Algeria 1 (OT). Goals: Schuerrle 92, Ozil 120+1; Djabou 120+2.
July 4 in Rio de Janeiro
Germany 1 France 0. Goal: Hummels 13.
July 8 in Belo Horizonte
Brazil 1 Germany 7. Goals: Oscar 90; Mueller 11, Klose 23, Kroos 24, 26, Khedira 29, Schuerrle 69, 79.

Rosters ...

Goalkeepers: Sergio Romero (Monaco/FRA), Mariano Andujar (Catania/ITA), Agustin Orion (Boca Juniors).
Defenders: Ezequiel Garay (Benfica/POR), Federico Fernandez (Napoli/ITA), Pablo Zabaleta (Man. City/ENG), Marcos Rojo (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Jose-Maria Basanta (Monterrey/MEX), Hugo Campagnaro (Inter Milan/ITA), Martin Demichelis (Man. City/ENG).
Midfielders: Fernando Gago (Boca Juniors), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/SPA), Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid/SPA), Maxi Rodriguez (Newell's Old Boys), Ricardo Alvarez (Inter Milan/ITA), Augusto Fernandez (Celta/SPA), Enzo Perez (Benfica/POR).
Forwards: Sergio Aguero (Man. City/ENG), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/SPA), Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli/ITA), Ezequiel Lavezzi (Paris SG/FRA), Rodrigo Palacio (Inter Milan/ITA).

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal/ENG), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia M'Gladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid/SPA), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal/ENG), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal/ENG), Andre Schuerrle (Chelsea/ENG), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio/ITA).

  1. Santiago 1314
    commented on: July 13, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.
    Argentina(Sabella) will be using Barca/Espana Defense(High Press together) Try to Create Quick Turnovers from the Weak Technical Abilities of the German Backs and Midfielders(Just like Germany did to Brazil)ARG must do this because they lack a Xavi,to Build the game up... While Germany will use Their Offensive Version of Tiki-Taka, But they must Combine it with the more Direct Germany Killer/Through Ball down the 18yd Sideline. If GER do not then They will allow ARG to get back and Bunker Bus(Moronho-Inter style) ...If both teams Succeed, Should be Entertaining game with many goals...I See; PKs to decide...Or will Argentina revert to being Ankle Biters and Germany to Manhandling Mashers(I SEE; Germany winning that 4-0 again)...Only time will tell, So much Depends on if DiMaria will be able to play towards end of Game...He could be the Wild Card to Break the Tie and send Argentina to the Win...God, I just Pray it's a Good Game...
  1. David V
    commented on: July 13, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.
    Hopefully a good game... The Dutch schemed to brutalize the Spanish 4 years ago (Van Marwijk's conversation with Cruyff sealed the deal with Van Marvijk) and the HORRIBLE HOWARD WEBB allowed 3 Red cards against the Dutch to be overlooked... this Ref has made at least one major blunder, resulting in a goal in this tournament, let's hope he does better... OH AND YES, This is Messi's one and only hope for a WC victory... fail this and he is not in the conversation about being the best ever (Pele doesn't have to really worry about it either way, maybe if Lio scores 3 or more, he might :-) )... And Germany, this is it, after following the blueprint of Spain (and being stomped on by the Spanish for the past 8 years), they are now ready for their moment... not only did they study the Spain side (like every other national team over the past 8 years), they've actually emulated a lot of what the Spaniards taught them... gotta love Schweinsteiger for announcing he's study Xavi, actually do it, and then emulate him as much as he could... gotta love Jogi Low in victory and defeat (gracious in both), he and his team have learned humility (unlike the thug Brazilians and their BIG (jerk) Phil coach, or the Dutch - who played their final in their first game of this tournament - no humility, although Van Gaal is a class act... love the German and Argentine confidence with humility... and this too is the game of their lives, for the Germans... this is this generations last shot (yes, even with the young bucks), this is Jogi's and Khediras, and Schweinie's and Lahm's last shot...they've been waiting for this moment for 6 years, painfully being dominated by the Spanish, has taught the patience, hard work, humility, confidence... And it will be Mascherano's only attempt... huge player that Masche... and too bad about Di Maria... fantastic player (on paper, you would have thought that the 4 best attacking group of this tournament - Messi, DiMaria, Higuain, Kun- would have done much more... will it be today?)... History awaits... don't forget the spanish, that style and dominance is not dead, they have a load of young players in the pipeline and being Euro U21 champions will help in the future... Remember today when you see Carles Puyol pass back that tropy at the game, perhaps in 2018, you'll probably see Masche or Lahm give it back too... enjoy the moment get to reign as Kings for 4 years... and don't forget, take a look at the Spanish, the darling, dominant Kings for 4 years, and hated and spit on by the host crowd when they showed up in Brazil...
  1. David V
    commented on: July 13, 2014 at 2:09 p.m.
    no di Maria for Argenina :-( .... Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo; Mascherano, Biglia, Enzo Pérez; Higuaín , Lavezzi y Messi. Por su parte, Löw lo hace con: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Kroos; Müller, Klose y Özil.

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