World Cup final: Germany, Argentina face off in battle of the titans

World Cup final: Germany, Argentina face off in battle of the titans

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - DECEMBER 03: A general view of Brazuca and the FIFA World Cup Trophy at the Maracana before the adidas Brazuca launch at Parque Lage on December 3, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil. Tonight adidas revealed brazuca to the world in the stunning setting of Parque Lage in Rio de Janeiro. The reveal was part of a spectacular light projection supported by global footballers Fred, Hernane and FIFA World Cup Winner Cafu. Hundreds of guests and celebrities were treated to this one off experience, which launched the Official FIFA World Cup Ball for Brazil 2014. For more information visit: news.adidas.com/worldcupOMB (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images for adidas)

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by CNN

KMOV.com

Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 9:30 AM

(CNN) -- This time, Paul the Octopus won’t be able to predict the winner.

In a World Cup already marked by stunning victories and catastrophic defeats, trying to guess the next World Cup champion is pretty much moot.

Germany is riding high after annihilating host country Brazil 7-1 in their semifinal, a defeat so brutal that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she’d never imagined such a horror in her worst nightmares.

Of course the Germans would love a repeat against Argentina. But if anyone can show grit and then calm under pressure, it’s the Argentinians.

Their semifinal against the Netherlands came down to a heart-pounding penalty shootout, and Argentina’s 4-2 victory cemented the team’s first trip to the World Cup final in 24 years.

Germans and Argentinians have faced each other in the World Cup finals twice before. Back when West Germany was still a country, it lost to Argentina in 1986. Four years later, Argentina lost to West Germany in 1990.

Sadly, unlike the last World Cup in 2010, there is no psychic cephalopod placing its bets on this year’s victor.

In that tournament, Paul the Octopus correctly predicted the outcome of eight consecutive matches, dooming Germany’s hopes when he picked Spain in the semifinal and then also in the final. Paul died in his German aquarium later that year.

No matter what happens Sunday, it’s unlikely either squad will be as heartbroken as host team Brazil.

 

As if their semifinal demolition by Germany wasn’t humiliating enough, the Brazilians didn’t score a single goal in their attempt at redemption during Saturday’s third-place match. The Dutch finished off the Brazilians, 3-0.

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