As the FIFA World Cup 2014 edition in Brazil comes to a close with Germany and Argentina facing off against each other on Sunday, we bring you some interesting trivia of the 2014 World Cup finalists.
Germany – 2
Argentina – 5
Thomas Mueller, Lionel Messi. Pic/ AFP
FIFA World Cup stats:
Germany - 18 appearances, 3 championships (1954, 1974, 1990), 4 runners-up (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002), 4 third places (1934, 1970, 2006, 2010)
Argentina - 16 appearances, 2 championships (1978, 1986), 2 runners-up (1930, 1990)
Argentina – 9
Draws - 5
Germany - Joachim Loew
Argentina – Alejandro Sabella
Top scorer in the FIFA 2014 World Cup:
Thomas Mueller – 5
Lionel Messi – 4
Top scorer of FIFA World Cup all-time:
Miroslav Klose – 16
Gabriel Batistuta - 10
Both teams met in two previous World Cup finals - 1986 World Cup (Argentina won 3-2) and 1990 World Cup (West Germany won 1-0).
Both teams met in two previous quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010. Both matches were won by Germany.
Their third clash in a FIFA World Cup final is a new record.
Germany have made a record 8 FIFA World Cup final appearances in comparison to Argentina’s 5.
Germany have finished in second place a record 4 times in comparison to Argentina’s 2
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