Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

This is it. The game we wait every four years for, and it’ll be over in 90 minutes or more. Savor every moment. And share your observations, rants and raves in the comments section below with fellow World Soccer Talk readers from around the world.

Germany vs Argentina

• English language: ABC and Watch ABC
• Spanish language: Univision, Univision Deportes Network and Univision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

In the United States, the commentators for the match will be:

ESPN: Ian Darke and Steve McManaman
Univision: Enrique “El Perro” Bermúdez, Luis Omar Tapia and Pablo Ramírez

Starting lineups – 

Germany: Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Kroos, Özil; Klose.

Argentina: Romero; Zabaleta, Demichelis, Garay, Rojo; Pérez, Mascherano, Biglia, Lavezzi; Higuaín, Messi.

Referee – 

Nicola RIZZOLI (Italy)

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64 thoughts on “Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread”

  1. ESPN going out in style. Nice job so far with the pre-game. Make the most of it. I’m dreading what Fox will do in 2018.

    1. I don’t like the how high it seems to come up off the ground, I have wondered if it affects the strike, sometimes on replays you can see the foam flying with the ball.

      However, I love its effect. No more of the silly complaining that the wall has moved and the minute of time wasting it causes, and in the end without the foam the wall still cheats.

      I think it solves an annoying problem quite well.

  2. Sounds like a home game for Argentina. Where are all the Brazilians pulling for Germany? It won’t bother Germany. If there is one nation that loves to be hated it’s them. They are all business all the time.

  3. Becoming increasingly desperate for a goal. One chance in 25 minutes does nothing for the neutrals. The hillbillies where I am must be wondering what all the fuss is about.

    1. I admit that those thoughts go through my head as well, but then I remind myself this is the world cup final and I’m going to enjoy it. Even though it’s 0-0 at half, I’ve been on pins and needles the entire game and have enjoyed every second of it.

  4. Argentina is going to tire out playing so defensive and the sprinting all out on the counter. They played a day after Germany and went 120 minutes in the game against the Netherlands.

    Unless they get the first goal and just hold on, I don’t like their chances. (not saying there’s much else they can do either, as playing too open against Germany they’d probably get torched).

  5. Cramer TKO. Can not believe he was allowed back on the pitch. If your a trainer and you see a player hit in the head and goes down and he tries to get up and he falls we have a problem Houston.

  6. Germany instantly look better with Schurrle on. Hopefully this tournament will see the end of two deep lying midfielders. The telegraph had a great article showing how 4-2-3-1 is going out of fashion just as England are embracing it. Always one step behind.

  7. Argentina on points so far. Much more like the team we were all expecting. Strong at the back, good on the counter. They are knocking on the door while Germany are laboring. It’s all set for that lad Messi to finally make a name for himself :)

  8. Neuer’s challenge on Higuain reminiscent of Schumacher on Battiston.

    Neuer looks like he might have been a Panzer tank commander in another era.

  9. It’s looking like penalties. Have to say I enjoyed Dennis Miller who said penalties is a like settling the Masters with three putts through the windmill.

  10. At what point is an Argentinian player going to be sent off? That’s three players on yellows getting away with bad fouls deserving of a second yellow.

    Referee is doing this game no justice, nor himself considering his past experience in refereeing Argentina matches.

    1. Hes the best player in the world but he can forget being in the same discussion as Pele & Maradona. There are at least 10 players that are all time better than him still.

  11. Absolute quality goal to win that. Lovely to see Argentina lose with their snide play and the cult of lack of personality that follows Messi around.

    Honourable mention to Neuer, definitely the best keeper in the world.

  12. Chris
    Thanks for the best covered WC on the net. The site was great all the info A+. 1 month and 1 day from start of EPL :) can not wait.

  13. Credit to Argentina for getting their defensive tactics right but adventurism wins matches. Shame that Argentina didn’t have a Batitstuta or Caniggia on the pitch today.

    On to Euro ’16, Germany is the team to beat. Credit and congrats to the German Federation for their faith and patience in Low.

    1. It all started with a change in philosophy by Germany Federation after the 2000 Euro’s.

      That is the kind of change US Soccer Fed needs to make. Throw the college draft out, youth training, coaching training and no more pay to play junk.

      1. I agree with this but its not that simple. This is simply a great German generation. Players like Schweinsteiger and Lahm Khedira dont come along that often. Even if you have a great plan in place.

        1. Nothing that takes effort or change will every be simple or easy.

          I agree that those types of players don’t come along but the US is a big country and it has the huge potential to find and develop those kinds of players.

          Change the current youth system and coaching training and scout method and the US would increase the chances of finding these types of players.

        1. Klinsmann no doubt played his part but the plan started before Klinsmann and the best German players have basically said that the Klinsmann influence was very overstated.

          1. Not sure how much influence or non influence Klinsmann actually had but the one person that was heavily involved in the initial changes was Matthias Sammer after he left as Manager of Dortmund and went to work for the DFB.

            Sammer is now the Director of Football for Bayern.

    1. Can you imagine what it’ll be like. You may as will fill the stadiums full of Blatter and Platini’s suits, they’re the only ones who’ll derive enjoyment from it checking their bank balances during the matches.

  14. Shame that Germany doesn’t get to keep the cup like Brazil did, for winning it 3 times….thanks FIFA. They should at least replace the green bands with black.

  15. ESPN is sure flubbing up the after game show. They are still talking about what Brazil didn’t do and other like stuff, while Univision is showing and keeping the on field celebrations by German players dancing around cup plus more.

  16. Italy, France, Spain and now Germany. The top European countries are cycling through lifting the cup. Who’s missing? Oh yeah, The Three Lions. I hope the future of England players are watching (and learning.)

  17. The Argies played an excellent game. Sabella got the tactics spot on, and the Germans were there for the taking. Higuain, Messi twice, Palacio missed glorious chances to put them to the sword.

    Neuer’s assassination attempt on Higuain is as bad as Schumacher on Batiston. If this isn’t a rad card, what is?

    Gutted for Argentina and Messi, really gutted…

    Congrats to Deutschland.

    A worthy final of a phenomenal World Cup, best one since I’ve watched the tournament in 1986.

  18. Awesome screw up by ABC TWin Cities. The Argies were just walking up the steps to get the medals and it broke for commercials. Came back broke again and then a message flashed on the screen saying ABC news is on at 5.30 and then we saw the Germans walking up the steps. Don’t know who made the boo boo but it was annoying.

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