The stage is set for the World Cup final. After goals galore, high-profile suspensions, tragic injuries, and tense penalty shootouts, there are only two teams left standing: Germany and Argentina. And it is ON, this Sunday 3pm. Grab your Heineken (beer from Germany) and your steak with chimichurri (grub from Argentina) and your jersey and get ready for the Haley’s Comet of soccer (ok not quite as this match happens every four years).
In one corner, Germany stands tall after a 7-1 demolition of tournament host, Brazil, in the semifinal. In the opposite corner, Argentina are breathing a big sigh of relief after surviving a penalty shootout against the Netherlands in their semifinal tie. While Germany’s semifinal was a walk in the park, Argentina had a hard-fought match against the Dutch, and will have had less time to rest before the big match come Sunday.
Few nations have had the privilege of winning a World Cup; Argentina and Germany count themselves as members of that group. Argentina has won the tournament twice before, and Germany has won three times. The last time the Germans won the World Cup was in 1990, Jürgen Klinsmann, now the US national team coach, was still a player. In that fateful final, West Germany beat Argentina 1-0 to win the World Cup. The last time Argentina won the World Cup was four years earlier in 1986 with a 3-2 final score against (who else?) Germany.
When Sunday does arrive, history has a chance to repeat itself in favour of Team Germany or Team Argentina. For Germany to be victorious, Die Mannschaft will have to break an ancient curse–no European side has ever won a World Cup in Latin America! For Argentina to be victorious, Lionel Messi will have to live up to his nickname, “The Messiah,” to lift his team past the formidable Germans. Will Germany conquer another South American giant, or will Argentina be tangoing in triumph?
Make sure to tune in this Sunday at 3 p.m. EST to see who will be celebrating after the final whistle.