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World Cup Final: Magical Messi or United Germany?
ABC ^ | July 11, 2014 | Mattias Karen

Posted on 07/12/2014 5:55:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy

The most entertaining World Cup in a generation comes down to a final match that pits the planet's best player against the tournament's best team.

Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out against Germany at Maracana Stadium on Sunday for a game that will define careers, cement legacies and be watched by a global audience of about a billion viewers.

And it's a matchup that means more to both sides than just a chance to lift one of the most hallowed trophies in sports.

For Messi, it's a chance to firmly make his case for being perhaps the greatest ever to play the world's most popular game. For Germany, it's an opportunity to make up for a number of near-misses over the last decade and re-establish itself as the dominant force in international football.

And then there's the matter of settling a historical score. Argentina and West Germany played each other in two straight World Cup finals in 1986 and '90, games that are well remembered in the sports psyche of both countries. Diego Maradona and Argentina won the first, the Germans took the second. So call this game the tiebreaker.

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1 posted on 07/12/2014 5:55:02 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Messi isn’t as good as Maradona. And it’s going to take more than one superstar to beat Germany.


2 posted on 07/12/2014 5:57:42 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: IronJack

The Brit commentators seem to think that Messi has not lived up to expectations in the WC competition. Don’t shoot the messenger. ;-)


3 posted on 07/12/2014 6:00:02 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Why does every totalitarian political hack think that he knows how to run my life better than I do?)
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To: 1rudeboy

Argentina !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4 posted on 07/12/2014 6:01:24 PM PDT by Mears
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To: 1rudeboy

A team with one star can not beat a solid team of 11 very skilled players. German wins this one.


5 posted on 07/12/2014 6:01:33 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Depends on whether the Argentinians fight like Germans or if they fight like Italians.

Oh wait...that was the Falklands War.

Never mind.


6 posted on 07/12/2014 6:02:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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7 posted on 07/12/2014 6:09:54 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: 1rudeboy

Achtung, Baby!


8 posted on 07/12/2014 6:16:12 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: 1rudeboy

You are all incorrect.! Dear leader Kim Jong Unnnnngh will lead Peoples Republic of North Korea to victory over evil Germanic team!

See here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3179456/posts


9 posted on 07/12/2014 6:17:44 PM PDT by dynachrome (Vertrou in God en die Mauser)
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10 posted on 07/12/2014 6:58:59 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy
A reprise from 2010 (?)

 photo PALMADONNA.jpg

11 posted on 07/12/2014 7:04:02 PM PDT by mikrofon (The Ball-Boys of Brazil)
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To: EEGator

Wowza!


12 posted on 07/12/2014 7:33:57 PM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: 1rudeboy

I’ve already seen the result. North Korea won.


13 posted on 07/12/2014 7:43:30 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

What was the score? Was it a blowout? LOL


14 posted on 07/12/2014 8:16:35 PM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: al_c

A team with one star can not beat a solid team of 11 very skilled players. German wins this one.
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The only possible translation of that comment relative to this world cup is that you haven’t watched a minute of it. Argentina has already shut down and beaten great teams in the tournament. And to say they only have one star is basically saying that you don’t follow soccer.

Argentina by a goal or it goes to pk’s.


15 posted on 07/12/2014 9:01:19 PM PDT by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Soccer is boring.


16 posted on 07/12/2014 9:02:12 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Argentina, true to her name, will take the silver.


17 posted on 07/12/2014 9:23:59 PM PDT by LT Brass Bancroft
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To: TBP

So are golf and auto racing.


18 posted on 07/12/2014 9:23:59 PM PDT by LT Brass Bancroft
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To: bramps

My Magic 8-ball says, “Deutschland Uber Alles”.
The Germans’ confidence is the real deal, another blowout.
And a treat for us impatient American soccer ‘scheiss-Amis.’


19 posted on 07/12/2014 9:35:39 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: 1rudeboy

I hope Germany wins.


20 posted on 07/12/2014 9:42:45 PM PDT by Katarina
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To: 1rudeboy

35 - 0!


22 posted on 07/12/2014 10:52:42 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: 1rudeboy

If Germany wins it will be their 4th and will tie them with Italy’s 4 wins.

If Argentina wins, it will be their 3rd and will tie them with Germany’s 3 wins.

Brazil leads with 5 wins.

Only 8 teams have won the World Cup; Brazil 5, Italy 4, Germany 3, Argentina 2, Uruguay 2, France 1, England 1 and Spain 1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FIFA_World_Cup_finals


23 posted on 07/12/2014 10:54:14 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: 1rudeboy

The Un scored 34 of those and a team mate accidentally scored the other. Right after the game that team mate was taken away to a prison re-education work camp along with all of his immediate family and some of his distant relatives.


24 posted on 07/12/2014 10:54:32 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Football has changed. It used to be a tightly defensive game with few scoring runs and lots of opportunities to deny attackers a shot at goal.

Now football is an attacking sport with the ability to rout team defenses and take full advantage of all shots on goal. It makes the sport more exciting, more vivid and more emotional for fans.

If you don’t keep your eyes peeled on the field, you’re bound to miss something. All the moments add up to a great football game.

Its still the world’s favorite sport but its a much livelier and more interesting game than we have seen in the past. The quality of the athletes and level of play on the pitch has greatly improved.

Brazil 2014 has shown us what the future of the game will be. It will set new records for attendance, growth and scoring throughout the world.


25 posted on 07/13/2014 3:07:02 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: truth_seeker
Yes, I will need to get another cap with four stars on it.


26 posted on 07/13/2014 4:07:15 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: IndyTiger

Good problem to have!

It would also be Germany’s first WC as a reunified nation.


27 posted on 07/13/2014 4:55:16 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The Ends)
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To: spel_grammer_an_punct_polise

I am not a big soccer fan, but I have enjoyed watching the World Cup. The British commentators are the best. They know how to slam someone with a huge insult and make it seem civilized. They seem to know more about the players than anyone else and are not afraid to say what they think.


28 posted on 07/13/2014 6:32:55 AM PDT by alarm rider (Basically, we are toast.)
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To: bramps

I’ve watched almost every minute of it. Yes, Argentina have pulled off some impressive wins. My comment had more to do with Germany than with Argentina. Germany is a solid team from front to back. It’s going to take everything Argentina has ... and then some ... to beat them.


29 posted on 07/13/2014 7:26:19 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: bramps

I must say ... Argentina are doing a pretty good job setting the pace of this game and frustrating the Germany team. We’ll see if they can keep it up.


30 posted on 07/13/2014 12:21:43 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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31 posted on 07/13/2014 12:23:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL!


32 posted on 07/13/2014 12:37:49 PM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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