Germany Set to Play in World Cup Final for Record 8th Time

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJuly 12, 2014

BELO HORIZONTE, BRAZIL - JULY 08: Manuel Neuer of Germany reacts during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany at Estadio Mineirao on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)
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After demolishing Brazil in one of the most memorable semi-final games in World Cup history, Germany are set to make their record eighth appearance in the final, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Brazil and Germany had previously been tied with seven final appearances apiece, with the winner of Tuesday's game assured of taking sole possession of the record.

It wasn't long before it became clear that Germany would take the record, as Brazil suffered one of the more memorable meltdowns in sporting history, allowing five goals in the first 30 minutes of an eventual 7-1 loss.

Now set to face Lionel Messi's Argentina, the Germans have a shot to tie Italy for second place with four titles.

Die Mannschaft already hold the unfortunate record for second-place finishes, having fallen just short on four separate occasions.

What's more, Germany are the only team with more than two third-place finishes, as they've won the consolation match four times.

Should Argentina come out on top Sunday, they'll tie Germany in third place with a trio of World Cup titles.

Italy are second with an impressive four titles, and Brazil, of course, hold the record with five.

It's likely of little comfort to the world's proudest footballing nation, but El Selecao will hold sole possession of the titles record for at least another four years.