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FIFA World Cup: Argentina vs Germany: The Alternate Preview to the World Cup final

As the two titans of World Football collide at the Maracana in the 2014 World Cup final, we present a handy guide to the clash.

Just how good are they?
Germany: They took it easy on Brazil in the second half of their semi-final and still scored two goals!
Argentina: The Argentines kept the rampaging Dutch at bay easily and outclassed them in the shootout of the semis.

What's at stake tonight?
Miroslav Klose and Rihanna
Germany:
Miroslav Klose has promised to dump his strict fitness regime to become a 'party animal' if they win tonight.
Argentina: Eliana Guercio, wife of goalkeeper Sergio Romero, has promised Rihanna she can have her husband 'on loan' for a week if they win.

Most likely to…
Thomas Mueller and Diego Maradona
Germany:
Botch up a free-kick which Thomas Mueller will later call intentional.
Argentina: Reduce Diego Maradona to tears — by winning or losing.

They can win if...
Germany: Javier Mascherano fails to turn up, thanks to that torn anus in the semi-final.
Argentina: Sabella employs an unusual 9-0-1 (or as they call it '9-0-Messi') formation.

X-factor:
Germany: Psychological advantage.
Argentina: Sabella employs an unusual 9-0-1 (or as they call it '9-0-Messi') formation.

Last time they won the world cup...
Germany (1990): Goalkeepers could still collect back-passes with their hands.
Argentina (1986): Superstar Lionel Messi wasn't even born.

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