The tactical minds of Joachim Low and Alejandro Sabella will collide on Sunday evening as each manager seeks to claim World Cup glory on behalf of Germany and Argentina, respectively.
These two have previously met in two World Cup finals, La Albiceleste having triumphed 3-2 over their European foes in 1986 before Die Mannschaft got their revenge just four years later.
The 2014 tournament has been nothing short of spectacular thus far, and a rousing crescendo awaits in Rio de Janeiro, the likes of which you won't want to miss a minute of.
Date: Sunday 13 July
Time: 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET
TV Info: BBC One (U.K.), ABC (U.S.)
The Finest of Margins
Argentina's success in reaching Rio has been based largely on solid defence, and Sabella's side are yet to concede a single goal in the knockout stages.
Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC quoted Argentina legend Diego Maradona in applauding this aspect of the South Americans' campaign:
In Germany, though, Argentina face a very real danger of seeing that record exposed, with Low's outfit having managed to put seven past Brazil in their last outing against Brazil.
This will be nowhere near as simple a task, and Sabella's defence has remained healthy, for the most part, throughout the tournament. Argentina are yet to win a game at this World Cup by more than a one-goal margin, and whichever side does come out on top, it won't be by more than that number.
Mueller Gets His Gold
Colombia are out of the running for this year's title, but one player who has left a very evident impact on matters is James Rodriguez, the competition's current leader in the race for the Golden Boot.
Germany's Thomas Mueller is fast on the Monaco man's tail, however, as ESPN FC broke down just how the standings line up going into the final:
Mueller therefore needs just one goal to claim the accolade as his own, providing Lionel Messi doesn't outscore him by two, with the Bayern Munich attacker's assist record also putting him in good stead.
Whether or not Miroslav Klose starts is a factor that affects Mueller's chances, but the all-encompassing nature of Low's setup means that he can still go on to net against the Argentinians, irrespective of where he plays.
Sabella's Strange Sendoff
Despite taking his team to the final, it was recently revealed that Sabella will step down from his head coach position at Argentina regardless of Sunday's result, per beIN Sports:
And in what better circumstance to part ways than by giving his nation the most coveted prize of all, a World Cup that he'll know his men have a genuine chance of claiming.
With Messi and Javier Mascherano leading the charge, and the likes of Ezequiel Garay and Martin Demichelis shoring matters up at the back, this Albiceleste line-up can contain Germany.
But that is just one aspect of their task, and just as Algeria did in the round of 16, the South Americans can frustrate Germany to the point of breaking, and win their country's third-ever World Cup.
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