Have we reached the last part of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014? It is nonetheless a trivial question to ask! Of course, we have! It’s less than 24 hours to go to finish this World Cup Football while we are putting this here! There remains one last battle- the finals! The last match of the world cup that will decide the new kings to the throne. Who are the teams that will play this match? Another trivial question. You already know that we have a team consisting of the current best player of the world, who is also known as a magician (abracadabra!) and a player out of this planet (in short, alien!) to everyone. Yes! We are talking about a four times Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi and a two times world champion team Argentina. And they will face a team that according to many people consists of all aliens and one of them is the all time top goal scorer in world cup history! They are three times world champion team Germany who has the person we talked about, goal machine Miroslav Klose.
Fact: Argentina and Germany has a long time history on World Cup facing each other, including the 1986 World Cup, second and last World Cup victory for Argentines (till now) which led the Argentines to the top of the ranking for the first time. And, also the next World Cup on 1990, where Germany took the championship from Argentines in the penalty at 85 minutes.
Let us talk about the two finalists. Latin giant Argentina and European powerhouse Germany will face each other for the ultimate pride in less than 24 hours. Various sources have already declared that Germany will win this match. Even the ones, who said Argentina would win, indirectly indicated Germans as the winner! But what’s in predictions? Football is the game of ultimate uncertainty!
Let’s see why should any of the teams win the trophy!
Fact: Argentina has reached to the finals for the fourth time now, and will be battling for the third World Cup title. Though being the second top goal scorer for the national team with 42 goals, magician Lionel Messi hasn’t touched the trophy yet as winner.
Argentina has a very strong attacking line up consisting of players like Sergio Agüero, Gonzalo Higuain, Di Maria, Pérez and the magician Lionel Messi. This attacking lineup has the potential to destroy any defense on the football field in the world. Defense with players like Zabaleta, Mascherano can stop a good attack and they showed it in Semis. We already saw goal keeper Sergio Romero’s incredible performance for which, he is not much far from being a great, if hasn’t been already. Argentinian style of football is “Beauty-Loving”. They love to play in short passes and attack opponent altogether. The Latin beauty of football is very much visible while magician and his knights are playing. A world cup might be due for the magician now. Even their “arch-rival”, who met their end not so before in this tournament, is cheering for Argentinians. It’s been a honorary tradition for South Americans to hold the Cup to themselves whenever it was been hosted on a South American ground. Obviously, this matters a lot. And it matters way more when the final is at legendary Maracana stadium.
On the news: Neymar hopes that Messi win this World Cup.
Fact: It’s the fourth cup Germans are after, playing the seventh World Cup finals. Miroslav Klose, the top scorer for Germany with outnumbering 71 goals and currently the record holder for highest number of goals in World Cup, facing the final for the second time.
Germans do not give a damn to beauty! At the end of the day, football is a game of goals and they will score goals no matter what! Since the beginning of world cup, they are one of those teams that scored goal in each match. The defense line with Matt Hummels, Philip Lahm, Jérôme Boateng, Per Mertesacker, Erik Durm is a very well organized one and it can supply ball to the midfield quickly. Midfield of this team has stars like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, Mario Götze, Sami Khedira. Youngsters like André Schürrle and Toni Kroos have already shown their worth in this team. The forward line of this team has young Thomas Müller and two experienced forwards like Miroslav Klose at front and Lukas Podolski at the mid. This team does not depend on any individual but a whole unit. It’s very difficult to stop such a team because there is no such player to target. Just like most other European teams, Germany also depends on their “Get, Run, Shoot” type of football. Once you give ball to a German player, you cannot rest in peace. The last hope for Germans is Manuel Neuer, the legendary “sweeper-keeper”. This goal keeper is insanely good! Scoring a goal against him might just be impossible. Such a decorated unit certainly deserves a world cup! If they can do it, they will be repeating the history, and creating a new one as a first European winner of World Cup on South American ground.
Fact: Thomas Müller has already won a Golden Boot, and currently running for the second, and totaling 10 goals in World Cups so far. While Klose took four World Cups to set his record, this youngster might need less to break it.
Predictions are in favor of Germany and so is every calculation. But we must not forget that there is one Messi in Argentain side who can make things messy for the oppositions, break all the equations, and make his own. This world cup has seen some beautiful goals, rising superstars, awesome goal keepers and many more. Who guaranteed that nothing special is left for the finals?! We can hope for an epic battle between strength, power, tactics and beauty and pass. So who will it be at Maracana? Get ready to hold your breath. It’s going to be the Game of Thrones of footballs, live.
Dotting out for now. Have fun folks!
Collaboratively written by: AKM Nivrito and Dipro Barua
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