Germany will take on Argentina in the final of the 2014 World Cup at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro tonight.
Die Mannschaft are many football followers’ favourites, but their South American opponents are a very strong side.
European giants Germany will head into the contest on the back of a 7-1 humiliation of hosts Brazil in the semi-finals.
It was arguably the most shocking scoreline of the tournament so far and must have given Joachim Low’s players loads of confidence for the final.
On the other hand, Argentina overcame the Netherlands on penalties in their last-four tie.
It finished goalless between the two heavyweights of world football in Sao Paulo, and eventually Alejandro Sabella’s side prevailed 4-2 in the shootout.
Lionel Messi has had a good World Cup campaign so far, but there are many who expect more of the Barcelona forward.
The 27-year-old Argentine will be a major player for his team tonight and will be determined to add World Cup success to his list of personal achievements.
Germany XI: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Howedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Muller, Kroos, Ozil; Klose
Unsere Aufstellung Finale #GERARG: Neuer-Lahm (C), Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes-Schweinsteiger, Khedira-Müller, Kroos, Özil-Klose— Jens Grittner (@JensGrittner) July 13, 2014
Argentina XI: Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo; Perez, Mascherano, Biglia; Lavezzi, Higuain, Messi