Geoff Hurst in 1966, Franz Beckenbauer in 1970, Andreas Moller in 1996, and Michael Owen in 2001. These fierce games are often decided with a clear hero for the winning side, but what other factors might kick in under the African sun?
The (sometimes) calm, cool, and collected England manager. He figured out a system to beat Slovenia, and has the experience and ability to figure out a system to combat Germany's fluid midfield. However, he still insists on playing Gerrard wide, which could ultimately lessen his effect on a game.
The shrewd German tactician has managed to overcome various player injuries to create a team whose dominating midfield can cover for a slightly fragile defense. He is sometimes criticized for waiting too long to make substitutions, but he is something of a perfectionist. He will be studying England games endlessly, finding weaknesses to exploit.
The former captain still plays a vital role in the defense and has so far been solid enough against limited opposition. Will he be capable of stopping Oezil and Co. or will his lack of pace be his undoing?
Winger turned deep-lying play-maker Bastian Schweinsteiger is a player to watch. His incisive passing and decent tackling skills will be the linchpin around which the German midfield will turn. Watch for swahbuckling runs forward and a lethal long-range shot.
England Captain Steven Gerrard is another midfielder to watch out for. Forced out to the left wing, Gerrard has not been his same old self, but he is still capable of impressive bursts of pace and strength as well as being able to pick a pass. He is also an impressive finisher on his day, be it at 30 or 13 yards.
A German great, but his comments regarding the England team and their looking "burnt out" as well as accusations of England being a "Kick and rush" team might just cause them to raise their game that little bit more in an effort to prove him wrong.
There have been some titanic struggles between these two nations and the weight of history will be a heavy load for the players. For England, they know that the nation expects a win and that they have failed against Germany in knock-outs in recent years. For the German's, a loss would represent a joint worst ever German World Cup run. This match is must-win for both.
Mesut Oezil has the potential to decide this match, despite his tender years. Quick and dangerous, he is a player that Terry and Co. will have to watch carefully. Oezil might be the most dangerous player on the pitch facing English hopes.
Wayne Rooney has the potential to be the hero or the villain of the piece. If he kicks into life for this game then he will be a probable match-winner. Should he continue to stutter then he might well be the scape-goat of the tournament, as the English World Cup dream was largely balanced on his back.
Obvious wasn't it? Germany has never lost a penalty shoot-out and England tends to suffer in them. The cruelest way to leave a tournament and yet a rather possible one for one of these teams, just don't put money of England winning it.