We are finally here. After the beautiful, the sad, and the bizarre, the 2014 World Cup Final commences at 3 PM EDT on Sunday, July 13th. This has been a great World Cup for new fans -- more goals than any world cup but one with lots of close matches -- and we conclude with an epic final featuring two of the most dominant teams in World Cup history: Argentina versus Germany.
Here are four historical facts about these two powerhouses that may or may not influence the result:
1. This is the third time Argentina has faced Germany in the last eight World Cup finals. Argentina beat Germany in 1986 (3-2), while Germany won in 1990 (1-0).
2. Germany has a total of three World Cup titles (this is a record-breaking eighth final appearance), while Argentina has two titles (fourth finals appearance). Including this final, at least one of these teams has been in 10 of the 20 World Cup finals.
3. Germany currently holds the highest ELO rating of any soccer team in history at 2180, which is predominantly due to their dominating performance against Brazil in the semi-final. The significance of this is debatable, but it's fair to say that the Germans are favored.
4. Despite being underdogs, Argentina has an extra incentive: They would love nothing more than to win a title on Brazilian soil (read about the Pele/Maradona debate as an example). They would never ever let the Brazilians forget about it. Ever.
Let's hope for a great final that caps off a truly awesome World Cup 2014!
Prediction: Germany (2-1).