Germany Vs. Argentina 2010: Five Impact Players to Watch
Lionel Messi or Mesut Özil?
Talk is rising that Özil of Germany is outshining all with his performances in this World Cup, even Messi.
Not only will this be an individual battle between two stars, this will be a battle between two powerhouse soccer nations.
Argentina and Germany both have a rich history of soccer tradition, which will make for a terrific match.
Fasten your seat belts,everyone—this is going to be one heck of a contest.
Here are the players who will make the difference for their countries.
Argentina: Gonzalo Higuain
This guy can flat-out score goals.
And with a crucial goal against Peru in the World Cup qualifying rounds, Higuain has already proven he is ready for the worlds stage.
With Messi getting around the corner countless times per game, Higuain is the guy who is on the other end and there to finish.
Hailing from his club team, Real Madrid, Higuain knows how to step up in the big games.
He will need to continue to step up against the Germans.
Argentina: Javier Mascherano
The captain of the squad, Mascherano is the leader of this team and the commander of the midfield.
He will need to direct his team, especially against the magic of youngster Mesut Özil, as well as the rest of the young but talented German squad.
Even though Mascherano is only 26, Diego Maradona named him captain because he knows Mascherano's leadership abilities and talent.
He is a very accurate distributor all over the field and is capable of controlling the pace of play.
Argentina: Lionel Messi
Perhaps there is too much pressure on Messi.
Maybe all this pressure is coming from his own coach.
Whatever it may be, Messi, to the disappointment of many has yet to produce a goal in this tournament.
Arguably the greatest player in the world right now, the expectation is Messi would produce for his country like he produces for his club team, FC Barcelona.
He hasn't exactly lived up to those expectations, but he is still obviously the player to watch for Argentina.
He has the ability to control the game single-handedly and will need to play at his best in order to break down the tough German defense.
Germany: Miroslav Klose
The name strikes fear into defensive players who know they are going to have to try to stop an international legend.
Synonymous for goals, Klose is one of the biggest threats for this young German squad.
With 12 goals in three World Cup tournaments, Klose is an international- scoring machine.
Klose will be a vital part of using skill to out do experience if Germany has any chance at advancing beyond the strength of the Argentine players.
Germany: Mesut Özil
Mesut Özil, despite being 21 years old, has been an integral part of the German success so far in this tournament.
He is playing tremendous soccer right now, arguably the best individual soccer in the tournament.
He can create, score, and open holes for other teammates with his deadly left foot.
The youngster is very talented and will look to stamp his name in World Cup history against Argentina.
Despite the terrific play of the young German team, Argentina's offensive prowess will be too much to handle.
It's amazing how much talent Argentina has on its roster, and they are playing for their coach, Diego Maradona.
He has his team ready to go, and they are ready to do whatever it takes to win for him.
I think Argentina wins 3-2.
Make sure you tune in for this on Saturday at 10:00 AM, because this will be one of the most exciting matches yet.