World Cup 2014: Argentina's & Germany's History Between the Soccer Nations
As we all know, the World Cup Finals will be decided on Sunday, July 13, with Argentina and Germany capping off an amazing 2014 World Cup tournament in Brazil.
Both national teams have been here multiple times before and are looking to add to their already accomplished résumé. Although the two countries are separated by more than 7,000 miles, the rivalry is fiercer than ever. This will be the seventh time that Germany and Argentina face off in the World Cup competition, and the third time they play each other in the finals.
Argentina and their South American neighbors, Brazil, have always had a long rivalry. Argentina has also had their great matches against England over the years. Germany has also had their rivalries against England, Italy and France, but nothing like that comes close to this.
The first time these two got a taste for each other was in 1958, when the two teams were paired together in Group 1. West Germany (until 1994) defeated Argentina 3-1 and advanced to the knockout stage. Argentina was sent home early because of the defeat.
Just eight years later, in England, the two teams were paired together in the same group again. This time, everybody came out even. Germany and Argentina drew 0-0 against each other, and both were able to advance to the knockout stage. Germany would go on to proceed to the finals, only to lose to England.
In 1974, Germany won the World Cup over the Netherlands and in 1978, Argentina won it all over the Netherlands as well. The Netherlands just can't catch a break can they? With Brazil and Italy viewed as the top soccer nations in the world, Germany and Argentina were also trying to make their case as the finest soccer country in the world.
In 1986, both Germany and Argentina advanced past group play and met in the Finals. With the score tied 2-2 Jorge Burruchaga scored in the 84th minute giving Argentina a 3-2 lead. That would ultimately be the final score of '86 Finals. Germany would however get revenge. In the very next World Cup in Rome, Germany won by a slim 1-0 margin. The only goal was a controversial penalty kick awarded to Andreas Brehme. Argentina fans remember this game very well and how it infamously ended.
The two teams have met in pivotal games since then. The 2006 and 2010 World Cup saw both Germany and Argentina face off in the quarterfinals in win or go home games. Germany won in 2006 via shootout as well as in 2010 by a commanding 4-0 performance.
Overall, Germany and Argentina have faced each other six times in the World Cup. Germany has the edge in previous meetings with a record of 4-1-1. The two teams are tied in World Cup Finals games 1-1. This third World Cup Finals between the two nations is the most ever between two national teams. The only other two countries to face each other twice in the finals are Brazil and Italy.
Germany is trying to win their fourth championship, while Argentina is trying to capture their third. With the finals just days away, the stakes couldn't possibly get any higher. We could be witnessing the greatest rivalry in soccer history.