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Posted by John (Sivan John) Saturday, July 12, 2014 Go To Comments

#ARG Arrives In Rio!







 

The team has departed from their home based in Brazil; Cidade do Galo in Belo Horizonte where the dream actually took off. Now their have taken off on the ultimate dream in a flight bound for Rio De Janeiro. 

 

Shortly after landing, they've headed straight to their next destination which is at the Radisson Hotel, in the Barra de Tijuca. As always, fans in large number were there to greet them.

The players were seem heading straight to the lobby. There were loud cheers when each and every one of them got down from the bus with Messi receiving the loudest. 

The team is expected to break for lunch and rest. There will be a press conference by Alejandro SABELLA at about 4.30 PM local time. There will be a practice session at the São Januário Stadium around 6.15 pm local time, the home of Vasco da Gama.

As always, we will leave you with the famous group selfie which has followed the team to all their destination and perhaps brought them the much needed luck.




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KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 10:39 AM
0
@elpipita: She is, btw thanks a lot..


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 3:35 AM
2
everytime i vote we lose, we win which is why i did it again.


shabuchie
(Jamaica)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:54 AM
0
Good luck Argentina


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:25 AM
0
Rojo is going to make muller his personal bitch !!! Waiting for that showdown !!!
Our boys are going to have to deal with a very physical and technical fouling German team ...releasing the ball quickly and accurately is the key ...as the Germans are going the press big time ... Even though our boys have done great at set pieces I am going to wince at every set piece where the ball can be flighted into the box ..other than that I'm confident we will win .. Well to give you and idea on a holiday in Oman to visit my brother I will be watching the game at my brothers house with his wife ....and her band of friends and their husbands all rooting for Germany .... And these guys have seriously no idea of football all the knowledge they have is a result of the EPL propaganda and European journalists ...zero .. Have watched the arg -ned semi with them and really enjoyed watch them eat crow !!!!!! They seriously believe arg is going down 5-0 and that's being conservative :) !!!!
They even have the audacity of keeping a "hand be down " German jersey for me anytime I change my mind .. And then I think of hoe sabella would react and reply as calmly , graciously and giving them what they want to hear .... Sabella is my hero ... Did u guys see him at the end of the game vs the Dutch he went around quietly patting every player on their heads like a loving grand father ... Looking at that made me break down !!! I want our guys to pull them selves together not for messi or us the fans but for SABELLA !!!!


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:04 AM
0
http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/tactics-and-analysis/67/post/1944376/key-matchups-of-the-world-cup-final


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 1:02 AM
0
http://www.espnfc.co.uk/blog/tactics-and-analysis/67/post/1945075/germanys-and-argentinas-contrasting-styles-of-winning-possession-will-be-key


Kutz
(India)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:53 AM
0
Great to see you back @ kid ! Nn


mamoun "elpipita"
(Iraq)
Posted on 7/13/2014 at 12:10 AM
0
@Kid welcome back and I have to say that I'm a tad disappointed in you since I expected "kun Aguero" to be your current user name as our kun could really use some of that mojo that inflicted on Basanta and Rojo :)
Btw your wife sounds really cool and we have a saying in arabic "hope allah looks after her for you".

As for our boys, well they're winners in my book and I couldn't be more proud of them.
For years the senior team's under-performance was inexplicable considering the success of the youth teams but Argentina is finally reaping the benefits of the 2005 and 2007 champion youth teams.

We were all in awe of the fab 4 and Argentina's new found status as counter-attacking kings; we were all happy that our team was free scoring against the likes of colombia, uruguay and chile but for me personally the thing that struck me the most about Sabella's Argentina was the grit and the indomitable spirit that they've consistently shown throughout the WCQ and the WC.
A nation like Argentina will always produce an unending supply of talent, this was true back in the 40's with 'la machina' and it's true now but the winning mentality that the likes of Diego exhibited in abundance seemed to be missing from the previous WC teams and so regaining that mentality is arguably the biggest success of this already successful WC campaign.

So to our boys in white and blue I say go out there and do what you've been doing and let history determine the rest!



Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:53 PM
0
I'm so excited about this game tomorrow! I just keep thinking about how I will scream when Argentina scores. And then I picture when the clock is winding down and we are ahead. I know that the result can be different and heartbreaking, but I have a really good feeling about tomorrow. It'll be great.


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:48 PM
0
The "experts" with ESPN who are predicting a German victory all said Brazil wins today! oh, well...


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:44 PM
0
Idk Di Maria too busy with his Man U transfer.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:44 PM
0
Muller and his arrogant approach: “I don’t know what kind of a game it will be on Sunday,” Müller added, “but I don’t expect it to be 5-0 at half-time. That would be nice, but it’s probably going to be tight like it was against Algeria or France. But even if it’s tight then we will have to try and score from a set-piece because, by now, we have become the king of the set-pieces.”


travis
(Japan)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:31 PM
0
this is it for me, tomorrow is it, the final moment, i hope argentina will win this match in just 90minutes, and not trying to dragging the play to extra time/shootout. i hope they finish the germans in the 90minutes play. i really hope to see messi score the goal of his life. this is so nervous, i am shaking while writing this.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:23 PM
0
Jorge Ramos counted us out against the dutch..


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:07 PM
0
We waited so long to see argentina lift the cup, I hope tommorow this time we will be ecstatic with wild joy and celebrations


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 11:05 PM
0
Expect to see Messi shine! This is the game of his life! Its gonna be very difficult but i strongly believe we can do this! So many people like jorge ramos are counting us out! Lets prove them wrong!!!


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:58 PM
0
I am also feeling messi will have a say tommorow a goal or two may be, but I predicted garay header will win us the cup


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:40 PM
2
Germany is no ''MACHINE'' that's what the media want us to believe..Like Argentina, this German team have not been able to win any major trophies...They had this same hyped going into the game against Italy during the 2012 Euros..Everyone all said Germany was the favorites against Italy back then and we all know Balotelli happen..lol


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:31 PM
0
If we win or lose, it will be very emotional tomorrow night at the Maracana.....players will show rivers of tears. Regardless, I think reaching the final is a huge improvement, it is a victory itself especially after the historical display against Netherlands, a team that came to lift the world cup finally. We are going to this finale with some barriers like the injured di maria, and some other players without full form like Higuain, Aguero and Gago. Still it is more mental to defeat a team like Germany and think that other teams were able to stop their machine in this tournament. The Germans are also drained after 6 games even if they don't admit it.....we will see tomorrow.


KidultHood
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:24 PM
3
@Thinker: Apology accepted...We are all brothers here cheering for the same team..

Well, its Argentina final game of the world cup and its hard for me not to comment before the game on Sunday..OH MY GOD WE ARE IN THE FINAL!!!!

Firstly, its so disrespectful to see some of the ratings on the team. These guys are heroes, none of them deserves a 1 or 5 ratings etc..We haven't made a world cup final since 1990 and folks here have the audacity to give players 1 and 2 ratings, this is so despicable...Every member of this team deserves a 10 for making the final, heck, even the Argentina water boy deserves a 10..Maxi and Aguero put there penalty away and they surely deserve a 10 for that, they could have easily miss like Sneijder did..I'll say this, that penalty Aguero scored will give him a ton of confidence going into the final on Sunday..

2wks ago, I said Romero was a top three goalkeeper at the world cup and someone said he's not, ''he's actually average,'' well as all can see, he's one of the top 3 goal keeper nominated for the GOLDEN gloves at this year installment of the world cup.

I've always believe in this team, I took a lot of beating for them, I have defended this team not only on Mundo but all over the web..

Before the world cup started I told you guys that Romero, Rojo, Biglia will all be stars and you can add Perez to that list..

To tell you the truth, I did not watch the shootout,I left and go lock myself inside the car for like 20 minutes, I then came back and ask my wife what happen, she said jokingly, (with a sad face)that we lost,my world all of a sudden froze but then she said ''WE WON!!!'' I immediately lift my hands to the heavens and started crying with tears of joy, I couldn't hold it back one bit...

Going into the world cup people criticize Demichelis as a mistake prone defender..Rojo as some wannabe LB and Romero as a bench warmer at Monaco. But guess what, the whole world saw these men for themselves and they saw great men instead of what was said about them before the world cup, these are the people that don't tune into club football season after season on sites like BR or ESPN soccernet, these are the usually loyal world cup fans, who will never forget the names of Demichelis, Rojo and Romero..That moment where Romero pound the crest on his shirt after the the penalty saves will be an Iconic world cup moment for years to come..''Vamo, Vamo, Vamo''

Sabella was so relax and calm after the 120 minutes against the Dutch..Its like he knew Argentina got this..

Well I wont go into the back and forth with the media about who is the favorite and all the blah blah blah. One thing for sure is that the Germans better come prepared for Argentina..Holland proved today that Germany win over Brazil wasn't all that impressive, and the thing is, Brazil barely had any serious chances against the Dutch while they (Brazil) had 7 shots on target against Germany and also a goal..Brazil was totally shut out by the Netherlands, this just shows Germany defense is overrated..Neuer has been the one saving the German back line all tournament long, if it wasn't for him they would have lost to teams like Algeria, France and Ghana ..I hope Lowe play the high line against Argentina on Sunday, lets see how brave the Germans are to have Boateng and Hummels/Mertesacker playing on the halfway line with Messi on the pitch..

If the team play the same way they did against Belgium and Holland they will have no problem winning this game on Sunday..I'll say this again , the media are overrating Germany midfield way too much, and act as if Mascherano is Argentina only great midfield player in this tournament, saying stuff like Mascherano will have to cover all three Germany midfield players which is pathetic, we have great players to help him like Perez and Biglia, the whole world will witness this tomorrow..

I'm confident in a world cup final triumph and no matter what happen tomorrow, these men will always be heroes for me, I don't know about you though..

Lastly, I'm not trying to attack anyone, but why do you guys respond to Dammage7? He voted yet again that Argentina will lose tomorrow, the same guy who voted that we would lose to Switzerland, Belgium and the Netherlands..This guy is not for the team, he's here with a different agenda from all the other loyal and humble fans here.

VAMOS ARGENTINA!!!

Greets :)



arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:23 PM
1
I have a hunch that Messi will be scoring the winning goal.


Argentino Trucho
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 10:03 PM
0
I had a weird premonition about Messi scoring a hat trick in the final. Seems dumb, but it would be amazing to see.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:34 PM
0
Beckham and Rooney have so much respect to Messi and both believe that he's the best player in the world. Robben as well mentioned that Messi deserved this world cup, same what Neymar said. Just the Germans are such arrogant with no star power in their team.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:34 PM
0
gago wipes messi's ass after a shit CONFIRMED


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:31 PM
0
ALL THESE FAKE ASS EXPERTS AND THERE AMAZING GERMANY CLICK BAIT UN PROFESSIONAL WEB SITES

BRAZIL ARE A JOKE AND HOLLAND PROVED THAT TODAY ALSO MAXI LOPEZ HAS RAN AWAY AFTER STATING THE SAME SHITE....

HOLLAND COULD HAVE WON 5 OR 6 NIL TODAY PROVING WHAT ANY SANE PERSON ALREADY KNOWS

GERMANY ARE NOT SOME MASSIVE POWER ITS A 50/50 TOMORROW AND ARGENTINA LOOK STRONGER WITH MESSI AND HIGUAIN


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:27 PM
0
David Beckham predicts Argentina to beat Germany 3-1. He likes Messi a lot. Beckham is aware how the Germans can blew it in some matches. Algeria and Ghana games are an example.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:26 PM
0
BULL SHIT DIMARIA LIMPED OFF AND BULL SHIT SOME GUY HEARDHE HAD STEM CELL INJECTIONS

its commonsense he had stem cell and oxigen treatment ITS ALL OVER THE NET no one heard this from there pal down atthe local bar or some guy walking his dog in the park


its all over the net he has had water pool theropy and oxigen chamber theropy and stem cell injections its also commonsense if he plays its as a second half sub ENOUGH OF THE BS PLEASE


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:24 PM
1
That was old news when Di Maria limped off during training for the game vs. Netherlands.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:12 PM
0
I heard he was given a stem cell shot to speed up his recovery!
I hope he plays but if not then the rest needs to step up.

Just our lousy luck that KUN is nowhere fit to be himself but that's the situation.

EVERYBODY HAS TO PLAY THEIR BUTTS OFF.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:05 PM
0
Who knows if what they said were true???? They have no links to support what they said, I sense bunch of bullshit attempts to scare people.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 8:04 PM
0
So he limped off and done or limped off and there is a chance to play tomorrow?, even off the bench!!


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:48 PM
0
@Hollywood, what forum??? Any link? I cant seem to find anything about that.


HollywoodHayat
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:45 PM
0
What he said was true. Its all over forums Fideo limped off training


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:44 PM
0
@dammage, any source on that?? limped off? I feel like it's one of your dirty way to scare fans here at mundo.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:43 PM
0
I predict garay header to win us tommorow


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:32 PM
0
It is not massive loss I believe Perez offers more v German midfield, di Maria is great player but we have to be solid against Germany defensively


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:30 PM
0
bad news, di maria was selected in training ahead of perez but limped off, is not starting tomorrow

massive loss


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:25 PM
0
I hope sabella doesn't replace enzo Perez, with him masch and biglia are must v Germany, di Maria will most likely be a sub if he is fit and probably will take lavezzi role, Perez is must


kingmessi
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:09 PM
0
i hope he's fit to play in the final


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 7:02 PM
0
Di Maria back in training


kingmessi
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:59 PM
0
any news on di maria?


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:33 PM
0
Simoene is bringing gaitan to atletico


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:32 PM
0
Germany will face himalloi at marcana this sunday...we know how to play tike taka and also know how to breake it..dont worry guys we will be world champion after the match...last match we win aginest germany in barlin 3-1...so be cool..


dollon
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:22 PM
0
Oops last 5 days brazil eats 10 goal...i am sure if this brazil met bangladesh football team they will be beateno..brazil football is finesh at least 50 years...what a tragede.....


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:22 PM
0
Pradi:" Throw that scolari out, big fool"
not at all sir I say reward him with a 10 year contract with the yellow team, I really like what scolari has done with the yellow team and I have not seen so much comedy for a long while.
thumbs up to scol and what a great job he has done, we Argentines thank him.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:18 PM
0
Now 20% chance for us will b turned to atleast 40% for medias n analysts...... Everyone understood itz not german's greatness itz brasil's foolishness...... Throw that scolari out, big fool.......


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 6:16 PM
0
germany can dominate 20 years,LOL I DIDNT REALIZE THERE PLAYERS DONT AGE what utter crap...

all 3 ITV uk tv pundits have chose argentina there name is writen on this cup messi and higuain to step up tomorrow messi will show his class argentina hard to break thru


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:53 PM
0
Please read the 3 articles below from The BBC


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:44 PM
0
Please fans read the 3 huge articles on the German bxxtxxxds below


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:42 PM
0
if we had a fit dimaria 421111


attacking version of what we have now

zab-demi-garay-rojo
-----big-masch-----
---------perez---------
----------dimaria----------
-------messi---------------
------------------higuain------------

fluid fast and changing from central to wide in both attack and defence


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:40 PM
0
Germany can dominate for years - Low
Last updated 20 minutes ago

By Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer in Rio de Janeiro


World Cup victory for Joachim Low's Germany side would be their first since 1990
Germany coach Joachim Low is confident his side can make history by becoming the first European team to win the World Cup in South America - and set up years of domination.

They face Argentina in the World Cup final at the Maracana in Rio on Sunday after thrashing hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-final in Belo Horizonte.

Low, who insists Germany have no fear of Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, said: "We have young players who aren't even here and other players with a fantastic future such as Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle and Thomas Muller.

"They can go on to play for a number of years. We can play on top of the world for a good number of years, with some young players coming in to reinforce the team."


Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle and Thomas Muller could continue to play together for Germany for years to come
As Germany seek their first World Cup win since 1990, when they beat Argentina in Rome, Low, 54, relished the prospect of re-writing the history books with winning on this continent.

"We know we can write history," he said. "In the past we have never had this. Latin Americans, on this continent, have dominated all the time. So why not? This could be an additional joy for us if we were to win as Europeans on Latin American soil."

And the prospect of facing Messi as he tries to emulate Diego Maradona, who inspired Argentina to their last World Cup win in Mexico in 1986, does not daunt Low.

He said: "We don't have any fear whatsoever. I know it is going to be a match between two teams who have had fascinating duels in the past, in tournaments or friendlies.

"This team is not only about Messi. If you believed it was, you would be making a mistake. They have Angel Di Maria, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain - it is not a team dependent on Messi.

"He is a player who can really determine a match but this team is better organised than in 2010, when we beat them 4-0 in the quarter-final. This is what they've shown throughout the tournament.

"I think it will be a gripping final with both teams fighting. Our match against Brazil will not be the rule. If anyone thinks it is they've not looked at Argentina. It's going to be two teams at exactly the same level facing each other. We have the confidence and we respect our opponents' strength but we believe if we can impose our game we will win."

Argentina manager Alejandro Sabella said his team would need to play "the perfect match" to beat Germany.

"They have a system of play that is very well developed," he said.

"We will give our all, as we always have. We'll give our best through humility, sacrifice, hard work, being down to earth and giving before receiving. We will give our all so that Argentina can be champions again.


Alejandro Sabella had a three-year playing spell in England with Sheffield United and Leeds United from 1978
Sabella, 59, had a three-year playing spell in England with Sheffield United and Leeds United from 1978 and he admitted it was "unthinkable" then that he would have ended up coaching his country in a World Cup final.

He added: "Many players move on to be part of a coaching set-up once they stop playing but I never thought about that.

"I thought I was going to be balding, for starters, as age went on. I've never been someone who thinks much about things in the long-term. We're talking about 35 years ago. It was unthinkable this might happen."

For the best of BBC Sport's in-depth content and analysis, go to our features and video page.

BBC © 2014


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:33 PM
0
Ok guys and my dear fans

Read my 2 very long posts from the BBC below

Vameos Argentina


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:28 PM
0
in 4 years I think Rojo and musacchio/Garay will be our CB's by then I think Peruzzi will grow as for a leftback who knows maybe our youngster in the youth tournament we made semis.


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:12 PM
0
Meet the finalists: Germany and Argentina
Last updated 11 Jul 2014 22:37 GMT

Germany will face Argentina in Sunday's eagerly awaited World Cup final.

BBC Sport has taken a look at the expected formations, line-ups and pen pics of each player likely to start, as well as the coaches.

Germany

Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich (28)
This tournament has helped Manuel Neuer cement his reputation at the world's number one goalkeeper.

An expert at the 'sweeper keeper' role because of his ability on the ball and willingness to come out of his area to clear any danger, he recorded an incredible 21 touches outside his 18-yard box against Algeria.

Remarkably, he has lost only three times in 51 appearances from Germany since his 2009 debut.

Did you know? Only Costa Rica's Keylor Navas (91.3%) has registered a better save percentage than Neuer in this World Cup (85.2%).

Right-back: Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich (30)

Described by club coach Pep Guardiola as "the most intelligent player I've coached", the experiment at this World Cup of copying his switch from right-back to a deep-lying defensive midfield role like he has done at Bayern Munich was not a disaster by any means, but Germany have looked more solid in defence and fluid in attack since he returned to full-back for the quarter-finals. The final will be his 20th World Cup appearance for Germany.

Did you know? No player has attempted more short passes than Lahm at this World Cup (450).

Centre-back: Jerome Boateng, Bayern Munich (25)

He started the tournament at right-back but has moved into the centre of defence because of a combination of injuries and Lahm's switch back to defence. He picked up two injuries earlier in the tournament, but is one of the first names on Joachim Low's team-sheet. He faced his half-brother, Kevin-Prince of Ghana, in the group stages for the second successive World Cup.

Did you know? He has started in each of Germany's last 11 World Cup games.

Centre-back: Mats Hummels, Borussia Dortmund (25)

Not assured of a starting spot in central defence before the start of the World Cup, he is a contender for the team of the tournament thanks to a series of powerful displays at centre-back. Offensively, the Borussia Dortmund man has also been a key weapon, having scored two towering headers against Portugal and France. All this while battling off a nasty bout of flu.

Did you know? His mother was the first female to commentate on a football match on German TV.

Left-back: Benedikt Howedes, Schalke (26)

A centre-back at club side Schalke, he has helped fill Germany's troublesome left-back spot with aplomb. Very much a squad player prior to this tournament, he has started every game in Brazil as coach Low started with four centre-halves across the back four. Just before the World Cup began he was in a car accident at a Mercedes event involving F1 driver Nico Rosberg, but emerged unscathed.

Did you know? Howedes has made more tackles than any other Germany player during this World Cup (15).

Central midfield: Sami Khedira, Real Madrid (27)
After tearing his cruciate ligament in November, Khedira's World Cup dream looked in tatters.

But anyone who doubted Joachim Low's faith that the Real Madrid midfielder could last the tournament were made to look silly by his brilliant performance against Brazil.

Since he has been restored alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, his midfield partner in crime from the 2010 World Cup, in time for the quarter-finals, Germany have looked a more solid and dangerous side.

Did you know? Khedira recorded an assist and goal in a World Cup match for the first time against Brazil.

Central midfield: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Bayern Munich (29)

After an injury-plagued season for Bayern Munich, he picked up a knee problem at a pre-World Cup training camp to further disrupt his preparations for this tournament. Coach Joachim Low left him out of the starting line-up for the first two matches, but Germany's vice-captain has returned to the side and bossed proceedings from central midfield in the extraordinary win over Brazil.

Did you know? Schweinsteiger has played 19 World Cup matches; only three players have played more for Germany (Lothar Matthaus, Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm).

Attacking midfield: Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich (24)
Debate may rage over Muller's best position, but whether he plays as a 'false nine', a central striker or a right-sided attacker, he will always score goals.

The 24-year-old is within reach of a remarkable second consecutive Golden Shoe award, helped hugely by his hat-trick in the opening game against Portugal.

He is already only the third player in history after Teofilo Cubillas and team-mate Miroslav Klose to score five or more goals in two different World Cups.

Did you know? Muller has scored 10 goals and provided six assists in just 12 World Cup matches.

Attacking midfield: Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich (24)
Often underrated for the quiet and efficient way he gets the German and Bayern Munich midfields ticking over, his performances at this tournament have brought him firmly to the fore.

His brace against Brazil were his first World Cup goals and came in a dazzling man-of-the-match performance.

He has played in all but two minutes of Germany's six matches so far and looks certain to be named in the team of the tournament.

Did you know? Kroos has had more touches than any other player in this World Cup (606) including an incredible 135 against Algeria.

Attacking midfield: Mesut Ozil, Arsenal (25)

Arsenal's record signing has not exactly been an overwhelming success in Brazil, with many back in Germany such as Paul Breitner arguing that he should be dropped. Spurning a good late chance to make it 8-0 against Brazil has probably not helped. He took to Twitter after the 7-1 semi-final win to say that he hoped the scoreline had not destroyed Brazil's pride. Doubt it.

Did you know? No Germany player has created more chances for his team-mates at this tournament than Ozil (15).

Striker: Miroslav Klose, Lazio (36)
It was written in the stars that Klose would secure the mantle as the World Cup's all-time record scorer from Brazil's Ronaldo, against the Brazilians, in Brazil.

When he scored with a typical close-range finish in the semi-final against the hosts it gave him his 16th World Cup goal.

Germany's leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is the third player to net at four World Cups and Germany have never lost a game in which he has scored.

Did you know? He has played in 23 World Cup matches which puts him second on the all-time list with Paolo Maldini, behind compatriot Lothar Matthaus on 25.

Coach: Joachim Low (54)

He may have been unspectacular as a player, but Jurgen Klinsmann's former assistant has helped oversee Germany's transition from efficient (read boring) to one of the most entertaining national teams on the planet. However, after losing in the semi-finals or final of the past three tournaments, the pressure might be on if he returns empty-handed again.

Argentina

Goalkeeper: Sergio Romero, Sampdoria (27)
Goalkeeper was seen as a problem position for Argentina going into the tournament.

After all, Romero made only a handful of appearances on loan for Monaco last season.

Worry not, the 27-year-old has conceded just three goals in six games in Brazil and saved twice as his team reached the final with a penalty shootout victory over the Netherlands.

Did you know? Romero is the first Argentina goalkeeper to keep four clean sheets at a World Cup tournament.

Right-back: Pablo Zabaleta, Manchester City (29)

The popular Manchester City right-back missed out on the 2010 World Cup but he has been a key player in defence for Argentina in Brazil. The 29-year-old posted a selfie of himself after the semi-final victory on Wednesday wearing a blue wig and a bandage covering a facial cut sustained after an accidental collision with Dirk Kuyt.

Did you know? Zabaleta has made more passes in the final third at this World Cup than any other Argentina defender (64).

Centre-back: Martin Demichelis, Manchester City (33)

Another Manchester City player gearing up for a World Cup final appearance, the 33-year-old did not figure at all during the group stage of the competition or the round of 16 victory over Switzerland. He started the last two games alongside Ezequiel Garay and looks considerably different to what most Premier League fans might recall having had his ponytail cut off.

Did you know? Demichelis made eight interceptions against the Netherlands, five more than any other player for Argentina.

Centre-back: Ezequiel Garay, Zenit St Petersburg (27)

Close to joining Manchester United last summer, Garay caught the eye in the semi-final against the Dutch when he made a thumping clearance while holding one of his boots in his hands. Like Zabaleta, he also took a blow to the head against the Dutch, this time in a collision with fellow defender Ron Vlaar.

Did you know? Has made more headed clearances (36) than any other Argentina defender. Garay has also won 19 aerial duels, 10 more than any other Argentine player.

Left-back: Marcos Rojo, Sporting Lisbon (24)

The Sporting Lisbon defender played for coach Alejandro Sabella at Estudientes back in Argentina. He has been linked with both Liverpool and Chelsea and was on the scoresheet in Brazil when he scored the winner in the group game against Nigeria, converting a free-kick with his knee.

Did you know? Rojo has made more tackles than any other Argentina defender (17), as well as creating the most chances from the back (7).

Central midfield: Javier Mascherano, Barcelona (30)

Very different in style to skipper Lionel Messi but arguably just as crucial to his team, his importance was encapsulated by a brilliant last-ditch block to prevent Arjen Robben from scoring during Wednesday's semi-final. The former Liverpool man, who was his team's skipper in South Africa in 2010, is the shield in midfield - despite playing at the back for Barcelona.

Did you know? Javier Mascherano has attempted a competition-high 509 passes so far. He has also made the most tackles so far - 28.

Right midfield: Lucas Biglia, Lazio (28)

The 28-year-old, who plays for Lazio in Italy, had to be content with a bit-part role for his team's first four games of the tournament, coming off the bench in each fixture. But the midfielder has started the last two fixtures and is set to figure on the right of a midfield three in Sunday's final.

Did you know? Lucas Biglia completed 90% of his passes against the Netherlands, the highest rate of any Argentina midfielder to attempt more than three passes.

Left midfield: Enzo Perez, Benfica (28)

Industrious and hard-working, the Benfica midfielder is yet another player at the World Cup to find himself linked with Manchester United. The injury to the unfortunate Angel Di Maria gave Perez the chance to start against the Dutch and he did not disappoint. He was the player of the year in Portugal last season.

Did you know? Enzo Perez has completed 90 minutes just once in his 10 appearances for Argentina (v Slovenia).

Forward: Gonzalo Higuain, Napoli (26)
Nicknamed Pipita, the Napoli striker scored the only hat-trick at the 2010 World Cup and was third behind Messi and Luis Suarez in terms of goals scored in South American qualifying.

Came off the bench in the opening game against Bosnia-Hercegovina and provided an assist for Messi's winning goal.

Scored the only goal of the game in the nervy quarter-final victory over Belgium.

Did you know? Higuain has scored fewer goals in this World Cup than in 2010 despite playing two more games (one goal in 2014, four in 2010); firing in fewer shots in this tournament too (10, 13 shots in 2010).

Forward: Lionel Messi, Barcelona (27)
Claimed four man-of-the-match awards in his team's first four games and scored four goals, including brilliant winners against Bosnia-Hercegovina and Iran.

He also netted twice against Nigeria as the Barcelona forward showed signs that he would cement his claim to be the world's best player with a dominant World Cup.

But the 27-year-old was a largely peripheral figure against the Dutch and it has been questioned whether he is running out of steam.

Did you know? Lionel Messi has created 21 chances for his teammates, more than any other player at the World Cup.

Forward: Ezequiel Lavezzi, Paris St-Germain (29)

Almost quit football to become an electrician after being rejected by Boca Juniors aged 16, Lavezzi is now on the cusp of playing in a World Cup final. The stocky winger has a tattoo of Diego Maradona on his left hip - the very same man who left him out of his 2010 World Cup squad. The cheeky Lavezzi was caught squirting water in the direction of coach Alejandro Sabella during their match against Nigeria.

Did you know? Lavezzi has fired in just two shots at this World Cup, fewer than any other Argentina forward.

Coach: Alejandro Sabella (59)
Once of Sheffield United and Leeds United, Sabella cuts a very different figure on the touchline to predecessor Diego Maradona.

He might look like a touch schoolmasterly but the 59-year-old has been a steady figure in Brazil and his willingness to build his team around the talents of Messi has seen them progress to Sunday's final.

BBC © 2014


Abel
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:05 PM
0
Dear argy fans

Article from BBC Germany certain to win, argentina weaker team party in Germany started:

Life is a challenge these days in Germany if you are not a football fan.

You simply cannot avoid it. The media is awash with interest in Sunday's World Cup final, with the 'Nationalelf' (national 11) involved against old rivals Argentina.

The stunning 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil resulted in football euphoria only seen before in the country when West Germany won previous World Cup tournaments in 1954, 1974 and 1990.

"Three days to go", "two days to go", "one day to go" - these have been the headlines from Germany's biggest selling tabloid Bild. It's the countdown to the final or the 'finaaaaale o-ho' as German fans always sing when their team reaches this biggest of big games.

"Only one more victory to glory" proclaims the twice-weekly football-magazine Kicker.

One thing is for certain: this is a nation with a yearning hunger to win the World Cup, a hunger formed in the 24 years of waiting since the last triumph against, who else, Argentina in 1990.

A Germany versus Argentina final also brings heavy work for all the heroes of 1990, especially Lothar Matthaus, Andreas Brehme, Rudi Voller and goalkeeper Bodo Illgner.

They are suddenly hot property again for the media, who want them to re-tell the story of how the Germans edged out Argentina thanks to an 85th-minute penalty scored by Brehme as then coach Franz Beckenbauer, who captained the nation to glory in 1974, became the first player to win as both captain and coach.

Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the US team and beaten by the Germans in the group stage in Brazil, posted via Facebook, holding a German shirt: "Our team will take the crown. Enjoy the moment!"

All the past heroes are certain that the new generation of 2014 will make it.

Confidence in Germany is sky high, with flags draped on balconies, from windows and attached to cars. So much schwarz-rot-gold (black, red and gold) has not been seen since 2006, when Germany hosted the event and Italy beat France in a penalty shootout in the final.

That was the time when the word 'schland' was born - a nickname for the football nation and easy for fans to bawl in stadiums.

Everybody, it seems, expects Germany to win against Argentina on Sunday. Anybody who doubts it risks being called a moaner, a spoilsport. However, the near-hysteria of the media is not excessive; the media merely reflects the atmosphere of an expectant nation.

Losing against Argentina is just not an option. Not at all.

Not after this outstanding tournament. Not with Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in such great form. Not after a 7-1 routing of Brazil in their own backyard. Not after these huge reactions from fans and VIPs alike.

From Heidi Klum to Steffi Graf, from actor Til Schweiger to former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld, from basketball player Dirk Nowitzki to Boris Becker - everybody cheered the Low team on Twitter, Facebook or on TV.

German chancellor Angela Merkel and president Joachim Gauck are going to attend the final in Rio de Janeiro, so important is this occasion.

In Germany the feeling is they are all but champions already; the mood here is one of total confidence and belief going into Sunday's game.

It is worth pointing out that being critical about the team had almost become a type of sport in itself in Germany, such was the relatively low belief in Low and his squad going into the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Results during the preparation period disappointed. A subdued goalless draw against Poland and a 2-2 draw against Cameroon left many observers - both media and fans - believing that Germany might risk not even qualifying for the knockout stages of this tournament. How things have changed since the beginning of June.

The stunning 4-0-victory against Portugal in the opening match was regarded as being comparable to the start in 1990, when Beckenbauer's side hammered Yugoslavia 4-1.

And so to the all-important question: can Die Nationalmannschaft (the national team) repeat the outcome of 1990?

The longing and hunger for the ultimate title in world football is enormous. After winning Euro '96 in England (and knocking the hosts out in the semi-finals), a veil of gloom descended on the team when they were beaten 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup quarter-finals by Croatia in Lyon.

That was followed by a new low point in Euro 2000 when Germany failed to win a single match during the group stages - an outcome which resulted in the youth system being re-organised across the country.

Youth academies were set up with new rules and the promotion of more home-grown players in the Bundesliga.

After losing the 2002 final against Brazil in Yokohama, the first success for the new generation of football was the Sommermarchen (summer fairytale) of 2006 when Germany finished third on home territory, beating Portugal 3-1 in Stuttgart.

Jurgen Klinsmann and his then-assistant coach Joachim Low created a new style, an optimistic, more attacking way of playing as the Germans reinvented themselves on the international stage.

They were runners-up to Spain at Euro 2008, gained another third place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and featured in the semi-finals of Euro 2012. Now, the uncrowned Golden Generation is at its peak and ready to go one step further.

Miroslav Klose, now the highest World Cup finals goalscorer of all time, Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and the captains Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm were already part of the team in 2006 and all are now mature enough to expect victory.

According to all the experts in Germany, it seems Argentina should be an "easier" team to beat than losing semi-finalists Netherlands would have been.

The Germans are confident that any Brazilian supporters in Rio will cheer for them despite their humiliation in the semis. Surely the locals will not support arch-rivals Argentina on the hallowed turf of the Maracana.

Low has pointed out the significance of this final and has tightened up how his squad are approaching the game.

There have been no more open training sessions for the media, no one-to-one interviews, just press-conferences. Wives, girlfriends of the players or family members are allowed into the self-built exclusive base camp of Campo Bahia. But a glass of beer or wine is forbidden.

Germany are planning (and hoping to have) a big party in Rio on Sunday night at which all the relatives and friends will be welcome. And the German football federation will present the full squad at the Brandenburger Tor in Berlin on Tuesday - but only if they are winners. National heroes.
This third meeting in a final of the two rivals will be different from the previous encounters. There will be no Diego Maradona against Matthaus. It will be Lionel Messi against a team rather than a single German star.

"The atmosphere in the squad has been enormous," Low said. "Even the players on the bench and the ones who did not play a single minute were enthusiastic and got the others water."

The last encounter between Germany and Argentina in a World Cup was the quarter-final in 2010. Germany dominated Argentina, featuring a below-par Messi, coached by Maradona, and won 4-0. Muller scored, Klose twice.

Will there be a new edition for Schland?

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theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:04 PM
0
My interested transfer gossips(Players):-
* Fazio
* Musachio
* Rojo
* Peruzzi
* Lisandro Lopez
* Garray(Though there are strong rumors he already joined some fcuking Russian clubs.)
* Santiago Garcia
(((Note:All are defenders,that's not a coincidence)))


Sudhirfadi
(Japan)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 5:01 PM
0
What the heil garay to zenit and FF to swansea.....why world champion are not attracted by big guns......


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:51 PM
0
I dont want fede to go to swansea. He should go to spain.


Dinucci
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:32 PM
1
The germany vs brazil game was more brazil playing bad than germany playing well.


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:19 PM
0
brazil sorry loosing 2 nil I LOVE HOW MAXI DROPS HIMSELF IN IT SO MANY TIMES

ALL THOSE JURNALISTS ARE NOW SHITTING THEMSELVES PICKING GERMANY LOL


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:18 PM
0
MAXI LOPEZ PLEASE EXPLAIN YOURSELF YOU SAID GERANY WERE AMAZING BASED ON THE BRAZIL GAME

16 MINUTES IN HOLLANDVARE LOOSING 2 NIL TO A SIDE ARGENTINA TOTALLY SMUTHERED AND DOMINATED

LOL ALLTHOSE GERMANY ARE AMAZING FANBOYS NOW KNOW THEY WERE DREAMING


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:06 PM
0
argentina will get there 6th before brazil there fate is sealed


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:04 PM
0
now germany dont look so special MAXI LOPEZ WRONG AGAIN


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 4:03 PM
0
gago looks so physically weak

brazil you are learning a lesson YOU WILL NEVER EVER WIN IT AGAIN YOUR NOW CURSED FOR A CENTURY

SHIT TEAM


mic
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:59 PM
0
why on earth Demi didn't change his hairstyle earlier?!


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:58 PM
0
AND BRAZIL DONT LEARN STILL SCREAMING THAT SHIT ON AND ON AFTER MUSIC STOPS FIFA SHOULD BAN THAT NONSENSE

stop acting special brazil your humiliating your selves


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:55 PM
0
netherlands 2 -0 plus good side holland brazil are shite,

why have they taken a pic with a cardboard cut out of maxi rodregez seriously has the real maxi died or something


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:53 PM
0
Federico Fernandez might go to swansea as Napoli want to bring in Muchu


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:25 PM
0
if di maria is npt coming on and perez is tired during game, augusto would be a good chnage as same position but more attacking

if he is never gonna be used then was a waste taking him and could have took a young guy for expereince like iturbe

no doubt lamela would have gone


dammage7
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:23 PM
0
gago trying to use messi to get into argentina side as always


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:21 PM
0
I'm pulling for Netherlands against Brazil as Brazilians showed their true colors by not rooting for Argentina and the continent, they don't care if the team that humiliated them take the trophy. Go Netherlands.


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:21 PM
0
Swansea eyeing federico fernandez.....


Pradi
(India)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 3:19 PM
0
I dnt think klose will start, most probably schurrle will be der.....


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:48 PM
1
I hate when people and critics compare Maradona with Messi and how the first did it in 86 WC so it's Messi's turn to show the world if he can lift the world cup. This whole talk comes from someone doesn't know anything about football or hasn't seen world cup final of 86.

Messi doesn't have strikers like Burruchaga to take his passes and deliver at the current squad to be honest. Maradona didn't score a single goal against Germany in the final but he had a supporting cast that help him in the midfield department and goal scorers that were able to capitalize the chances created by Diego.

Before this world cup started, I have said that Sabella didn't bring goal scorers with him to this world cup, and I mean the Forwards we have are being one dimentional and failed to utilize the chances. For the world cup, you need a young striker with scoring skills from different angles.....Aguero was having a problem with his fitness before the world cup, so was Higuain.......but I guess since these players played the qualifiers, Sabella has stuck with them along with the subs Lavezzi/Palacio whom can't score from any possible opportunity as I have been saying for months now. Too late now to blame, also the team played a perfect game against Netherlands....remember we just booted a team that has planned to go all the way to win the world cup, the Dutch came this time around as the strongest team from the get go to claim the title, and Argentina strangled their dream, we should not be afraid of the Germans who had mediocre games in this world cup before Brazil's razzie match.

Vamos Argentina


agung yulianto
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:42 PM
0
halo argentina

i love you

avoid germany player to diving again ....
like 1990 ... rudy voeler ....
a void avoid ...do not let them dive again

viva argentina

agung yulianto
lover from indonesia


Ayr18
(United States)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:39 PM
3
Demi might be slow but I think he can handle Klose ;)..Hope Rojo makes Mueller his bitch ;)...Zabaleta will ridicule Ozil, Mascherano will teach Kroos a lesson. Biglia will outclass "Worldclass" ha Schweinsteiger. Enzo will ruin khedira's night. Messi will give Hummels a humiliation. Higuain will meg and score Boateng ;). and Lavezzi will make howedes cry. :)


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:33 PM
0
FUCK FORMATION REVEALED

Forward 3 kun -maxi-demi-

midfield messi-gago-lavezzi-maschar-zab


defence ramero -dimaria (orion in goal then) sabella a genius the photo reveals all


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:29 PM
0
zabalettas face not even swollen amazing he was busted up too


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:28 PM
0
Aguero stated that the team will play it defensively and won't leave a space for Germany. It won't be much different than previous games.

At least someone here knows what he's talking about predicting Argentina for the upset although hinted that Demi will be the weakest link in Argentina and the German will take advantage of his slow movement.

http://www.theguardian.com/football/video/2014/jul/12/world-cup-show-2014-germany-argentina-preview-video


Tallman
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:27 PM
0
lady gago the camp twink , always draped over messi just bend over gago and take messi deep we know you want to LOL...


thats got to be a cardboard cut out of maxi surly ,it aint really him look at it its a cut out wink




theAbNorMalOne
(India)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:19 PM
0
I have a weird feeling that tomorrow we are gonna see Agusto in the starting line-up.Don't know why though...


Faisal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 2:09 PM
0
The D - Day Tomorrow.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 1:54 PM
0
Di Maria is shining with his devilish grin. The Speedy Gonzales seems to be ready for his ultimate run.


di3z_dion
(Albania)
Posted on 7/12/2014 at 1:50 PM
0
Welcome heroes. When you will leave, you will have the golden cup with you. Awesome.

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