Following their cruising 7-1 defeat of Brazil in the semi-final, Golden Eaglets’ players have overwhelmingly tipped Germany ahead of Argentina to win the Brazil 2014 World Cup on Sunday.
The final, to be played at the imposing Maracana Stadium, is a repeat of the gruelling 1990 encounter between the two countries, which was decided courtesy of a 85th penalty goal by Germany’ Andreas Brehme, as well as the 1986 final won 3-2 by Argentina.
In a poll conducted amongst the 35 players in camp, 23 players (66 per cent) believed the German Machine would extend their title to four while the remaining 12 (34 per cent) are backing Lionel Messi’s Argentina to win a third title since their triumph in 1978 and 1986.
Incidentally, Germany thrashed Argentina 4-0 when both clashed in a quarterfinal match at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, fuelling great expectations on Sunday.
“My money is on Argentina to win because they have shown that they are a complete team since the competition started,” said Eaglets’ defender, Jack Ipalibo. “Apart from that, they defended in numbers, which makes it difficult for others to score against them but it won’t be easy against Germany. Yet Argentina would win.”
Dayo Femi is leading Germany’s cheer group, saying the three-time world champions have the best attacking force that would be too hot for the Albiceleste come Sunday.
“We have seen that the most ruthless team at this World Cup is Germany and that is the reason most of us believe they would win on Sunday,” Femi stated. “I’m even tipping Mesut Ozil to nail the Argentines.”
But it would be a win-win situation for Golden Eaglets’ Head coach, Emmanuel Amuneke, since his two favourite teams would clash in Sunday’s finale.
“All my life, I have supported Argentina and Germany,” said the 1994 African Footballer of the Year. “So, I have nothing to lose on Sunday because the two teams have the capacity to win. As such, we are going to see a great final match.”