For the World
It's been a month of intense, unpredictable, and fun soccer going on. Experts have been saying this World Cup is one of the best tournaments in World Cup history. At the end, despite the unpredictability, our final features two powerhouses. On Sunday, July 13 2014, Germany will face Argentina in one of the most famous stadium in sports, The Maracana, stationed in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. Both soccer powerhouses were perennial contenders and are sort of expected to be here, however, both teams had different roads to the final match.
For Argentina their road started as a quest for one man to write his name in World Cup folklore as one of the greatest to ever play the game of soccer. That one man is none other than Lionel Messi. However, due to his stacked team and easy group it seemed as if it was going to be an easy road to the semis-finals for Messi, even if he played poorly. But sir that was not the case, every team played Argentina hard and each time it took brilliance from Messi to win whether it was scoring or creating. Until the Semi final game against the Netherlands where Argentina showed some kind of defensive resolve I have not seen from an Argentine team since my birth. There they won in a penalty shootout and punched their tickets into the World Cup final. Messi, at 27 years old, has an opportunity to write his name in history as a certified legend with a win.
For the Germans it was a much different road. Words like "machines" and "robots" are used for the German teams for years because as a team they destroy their opponents in a merciless and systematical fashion. Despite valiant efforts from teams like Ghana, and Algeria, Germany showed grace and poise to get through to the World Cup. It was there where they met the host nation Brazil and gave them Brazilians a stunning beatdown unlike any other in a semi finals and now Germany glides through to the world cup finals.
Now the million dollar question is, who wins? In my humble opinion I believe Germany will pick apart Argentina's decent but not amazing defence in a shootout. Germany like I have said before are precise and creative with their passing and make runs with such a purpose that before you know it there is a 3 on 1 breakaway in the Germans advantage. I just don't think Argentina can break up their passing at midfield. The only way I can see Argentina winning is if they are able to get there talented forwards and Messi in one on one situations. The Argentine forwards can take there chances there but if the Argentine team try to attack as a group, Germany will make them pay.