11 July 2014, 19:36

World Cup Final: Germany vs. Argentina

Germany and Argentina wrestle for Brazil's World Cup trophy.  

Germany and Argentina wrestle for Brazil's World Cup trophy.  

Germany and Argentina wrestle for Brazil's World Cup trophy.  

By Tawab Malekzad and Sean Nevins

WASHINGTON (VR) – This game is not the first World Cup final that Germany and Argentina will go head to head. Memories from the 1986 and 1990 World Cup finals are sure to haunt the players as they step on the pitch, as this will be the third time that these two teams play each other for the World Cup trophy.

The game will be held at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. There will be approximately 78,000 fans attending. The trophy is worth over $10 million and the winning team will take home $35 million while second place gets $25 million.

Tickets are selling for up to $20,000.

Russian President, Vladimir Putin will be attending the match, a gesture with special meaning as Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018.

1986 Mexico World Cup

Argentina played West Germany in the final on June 29, 1986 at Mexico’s World Cup with an attendance of over 114,000 people. Argentina came out on top at 3-2. The final was held at Aztec Stadium in Mexico City. Diego Maradona became the world’s best player as designated by International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

Argentina’s Jose Brown scored the first goal at the 23rd minute. The team was already dominating West Germany. Ten minutes into the second half Jorge Valdano of Argentina scored the second goal. Argentina stayed in the lead at 2-nil until the 74th minute when West Germany began to break the Argentinian defense. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge penetrated the defense and Rudi Völler scored in the 80th minute, putting pressure on the Argentinian team, which thought it might have an easy win.

For the first two minutes after West Germany’s second goal it looked like the game would go into overtime. But the Argentinians were not patient enough and Maradona was not going to play one extra minute to get his hands on that trophy.

Six minutes remained until end of the game, and Maradona got the ball in the center of the field. He made a deadly pass to Jorge Burruchaga, who charged towards the goal outrunning one of the defenders.

Burruchaga’s deciding shot was scored at the 84th minute and Argentina took home the prize.

1990 Italy World Cup

In 1990, these two teams squared off at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy for the World Cup final. Germany emerged victorious at 1 – 0. Andreas Brehme scored the winning penalty kick at the 85th minute during a tense moment as there was controversy surrounding referees’ judgment of penalties. This was the first year referees were being pressured to call fouls for certain types of offences, such as raising your foot during a tackle. The New York Times called the foul by Roberto Sensini against Rudi Völler “dubious.” The Argentinians felt slighted because the referee did not call a penalty against Lothar Matthäus for his alleged tackle on Gabriel Calderón earlier in the game.

The game was also the lowest scoring World Cup final up to that time. Analysts suggested that Argentina had strategized to win through penalty kicks. It didn’t work out for them.

In the end, Argentina had only one shot on the goal while Germany had 16. In that sense, the best team won. Had Brehme missed the penalty kick it would have been the second time Germany was defeated by Argentina.

What to Expect?

It is hard to predicate what team will perform better than the other. However, the German team made it clear during the semifinal against Brazil that they want the trophy the same way that Maradona wanted it in 1986. On the other hand, the Argentinians still remember the controversial 1990’s penalty kick, which cost them the win.

One thing that is clear is that this will be an extremely exciting game.

With the aggressive German offense, that scored 7 goals against Brazil, and the incredible defense of Argentina, which did not allow a shot on the goal until 70 minutes into their game against the Netherlands, it would not be farfetched to imagine the game going into overtime in penalties if both teams perform their best.

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