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And so, we reach the end of the World Cup . It’s Germany and Argentina for the Cup — a final matchup many saw coming, but one with rich story lines waiting to play out. Will Germany’s young squad, which exploded onto the international stage in the 2010 World Cup, prove how much they’ve grown? Or will Argentina’s Lionel Messi finally clinch the world-champion title that has eluded him so far, silencing all who continue to doubt him as the greatest soccer player ever to grace the pitch? This will be the third time Germany and Argentina have met in the World Cup finals: first in 1986 and then the following Cup in 1990. Argentina bested West Germany in 1986, and West Germany took back the title in 1990 — a match that many soccer fans do not look back on fondly. Outside of final matches, Germany has an overall 3-0-1 record against the Argentinians, with a recent 4-0 victory at the 2010 World Cup. On Sunday, the two nations will be able to settle the final score.

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