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Germany will take on Argentina in the 2014 Fifa World Cup final at Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, on Sunday.

The clash between the former world champions is an encore of two previous encounters in a World Cup final. While Argentina defeated the Germans in 1986 to lift the coveted trophy, the lost to the European side in 1990 final.

Where to Watch Live

The kick-off is set for 8pm BST. Live coverage is on ITV 1, UTV, BBC One and BBC Red Button. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Germany made it to the final of this year's World Cup in an emphatic fashion with a crushing 7-1 victory over host nation Brazil. Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller opened the scoring early in the game and scored his fifth goal of the tournament.

Miroslav Klose doubled the lead and with that he became the all-time leading goal scorer in the World Cup, surpassing Ronaldo's record. His form could see him get a place in Germany's starting lineup in the finals on Sunday.

Toni Kroos has had a sensational World Cup so far. He, along with Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, will play a crucial role in the Joachim Low side's midfield.

Mats Hummels has been a key player in Germany's back four, along with skipper Philipp Lahm, throughout the tournament. The latter has played in multiple positions, but is likely to play as a right-back in the finals.

Germany have won the tournament on three occasions in the past and has not managed to get their hands on the trophy since 1990, despite making it to the finals in 2002.

Meanwhile, Argentina sealed a place in the final by defeating Netherlands 4-2 on penalties. No goals were scored even after the completion of the extra time, forcing the game to be decided on penalties.

The South American side's semi-final clash against the Netherlands saw their hitman Sergio Aguero make an appearance from the bench. The Manchester City striker's return could see Gonzalo Higuain make way for the former Atletico Madrid star.

Angel di Maria picked up an injury against Belgium and is currently training alone to make it to the finals. However, it is unsure whether Real's Champions League winning winger could be fit before the start of the finals.

Argentina's hopes will be centred around their skipper Lionel Messi, and the fans supporting Alejandro Sabella's side will be hoping the Barcelona star shows his skills in the final to lift their third World Cup trophy.

Argentina's last final appearance was in 1990, where they lost 1-0 to Germany and Sabella's men would be looking for revenge in the final at Maracana on Sunday.

What Managers Say

Joachim Low: "The tournament was not all bad. We had a bad defeat. With all the difficulties we reached the semi-finals. We are a hard-working team, we win together and lose together. The crash was also the coaching staff, the fans, it was overall, no one understood, and the team from Germany, which is good, took the opportunity."

Alejandro Sabella: "I asked two players to take the first ball before ending up with Vlaar. I thought he was the best player on the pitch so should have confidence. I taught Romero [Argentina keeper] how to stop penalties, so that hurts. We were the club to bring him to Europe. He was a big talent, and someone who has the qualities to do that."


Germany 2-0 Argentina

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Germany are 2.15 to win

Argentina are 3.60 to win

Draw 3.30

Last Result


  • Brazil 1-7 Germany


  • Netherlands 0-0 Argentina (2-4 on penalties)

Team News


  • Injured: Shkodran Mustafi (thigh)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Neuer; Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Howedes; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Ozil, Kroos, Muller; Klose


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: Angel di Maria
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Romero; Zabaleta, Dimichelis, Garay, Rojo; Gago, Mascherano; Perez, Messi, Lavezzi; Aguero