Germany head into their final group game with USA knowing a win will be enough to see them qualify top of their group, avoiding a tricky second round meeting with Belgium in the process.
For the US though, even a draw would be enough to see them through in a scenario not all too dissimilar to the infamous Pact of Gijon, when Germany and Austria played out a game with a result that helped them both qualify for the knockout stages in 1982.
But rather than get into the politics of what is sure to be a memorable World Cup encounter, check out five of the breakout stars for Germany and USA that have been linked with Premier League moves.
John Brooks – Hertha Berlin
Team USA’s goalscoring super sub against Ghana in the first game, Brooks has impressed since breaking into the American national team after being recruited by Jurgen Klinsmann from the Bundesliga to boost his defensive options.
The son of a Chicago serviceman, Brooks was born and raised in Berlin, rising through the ranks at Hertha, where he has made 45 appearances and scored three goals in just two seasons. Standing tall at 6fth 4in, Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham are among those keeping close tabs on the defender.
Matthias Ginter – Freiburg
The youngest member of Germany’s squad for these finals, Ginter has yet to make an appearance for Die Mannschaft, though that could change depending on how the game against the Americans goes.
Currently turning out for unfashionable Freiburg in the Bundesliga, the 20-year-old previously caught the eye of David Moyes during his time in charge at Manchester United and could yet be set for a summer move to the Premier League, depending on how the World Cup pans out.
Julian Green – Bayern Munich
A relative unknown at the Bavarian club, having spent last season in their reserve side, Green was thrown into the limelight earlier this month after Klinsmann opted to take the 19-year-old as part of his USA squad ahead of national team icon Landon Donovan.
But the former Tottenham striker evidently liked what he saw, and after racking up 15 goals in 23 games for Bayern Munich II, Klinsmann’s one-time White Hart Lane employers evidently agree, with Spurs rumoured to be weighing up a move for the player who can operate as a striker or winger.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Bayern Munich
A few years ago we would have been laughed off the internet for trying to suggest Schweinsteiger would ever leave the Allianz Arena but injury problems, a slight dip in form and rumours of discontent between the player and Bayern boss Pep Guardiola have all seen that change.
One club that has remained steadfast in their admiration of the 29-year-old is Manchester United, with the Red Devils long linked to a move for the Munich man. The arrival of former manager Louis van Gaal at Old Trafford could make such a move a real possibility.
Aron Johannsson – AZ Alkmaar
Another of Klinsmann’s new recruits, Johannsson was born in Mobile, Alabama to Icelandic parents but despite appearing for the Scandinavian’s at under-21 level, was ultimately recruited to the Team USA cause after impressing at Danish club AGF Aarhus and later AZ.
And Johannsson could yet follow in the footsteps of Jozy Altidore by swapping the Eredivisie for the Premier League, amid rumours of interest from Stoke City. An impressive display against Germany could hasten such a move.