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Germany Striker Miroslav Klose Announces Retirement From International Soccer

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Miroslav Klose has announced his retirement from international soccer less than one month after winning the World Cup with Germany in Brazil and becoming the all-time leading goalscorer in World Cup history.

The 36-year-old enjoyed a largely successful international career spanning for over 13 years where he scored 71 goals in 137 appearances for the nation.

Why Germany Should Only Have 3 World Cup Stars On Their Jersey, Not Four

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No one can deny Germany's deserved success at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. While teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Portugal centered their game around one special player, the Germans went for an all-inclusive style of play, a black and white phalanx of 11 men on the pitch, and reinforcements on the side waiting to come and bolster the team when needed.

Germany Has Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018 In Its Sights

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It's been a few days now since Germany deservedly won their fourth World Cup title. The team is back in Germany, was celebrated live by over 500,000 fans in Berlin and is now off on vacation. So now that we've all calmed down a bit (it might take me a bit longer), it's time to reflect on this accomplishment, how the national team got to this point and what it all really means.

Why Gary Neville Is Correct That England Should Not Copy Germany’s Model

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The 2014 FIFA World Cup is over. A sad state of affairs for England, yes, but now that we're officially in post-tournament mode there is still loads to talk about. Most of it will center around how one country got things right while the other 31 still have much work to do, or how the competition is going to impact the sport in years to come.

Why Germany Won the World Cup And Why They May Not Be Perfect

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Ten years. That's how long the German team, their head coach, and the entire backroom staff have worked – worked hard and determined, that is – to reach the ultimate goal: World Champions.

We have seen it before. In the late 1990s France began to dominate the European and World scenes. Then Spain took over.

World Soccer Talk’s Best Starting XI Of The 2014 World Cup

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In arguably the greatest World Cup ever, the five week adventure that is the grand global tournament in Brazil has now concluded.

Now in a fitting conclusion that saw a resilient and mentally strong German side win their fourth world championship (and first as a unified national side), we've put together a final team of the tournament that represents the best starting XI.

Five Observations From the 2014 World Cup Final

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The 2014 World Cup final was not a classic but it would be hard to argue that the Germans were not deserving winners. They were the best collective unit, achieved the outstanding result in the World Cup demolishing the hosts, Brazil, 7-1 in the semifinals and were by far the most consistent team in the tournament.

Mesut Özil’s Touches and Movement Key to German Success

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Mesut Özil was heavily criticized during this World Cup from just about every corner of the soccer world. Arsenal's record signing endured a stop-start campaign at the Emirates and his indifferent form spilled over into the German side. In the buildup towards the World Cup speculation was rife that Özil would be dropped by Manager Jogi Löw.

An American In Germany: Watching Die Mannschaft Win Their Fourth World Cup

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When Italy won the World Cup in 2006, my father took me, then aged ten, to the Little Italy section of Manhattan to witness the celebrations. I thought it was the most electrifying experience, as I had never been to a celebratory parade before, but at the time I was too young to truly understand the significance of winning the World Cup.

André Schürrle Was Germany’s Gamechanger In World Cup Triumph

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André Schürrle proved to be the most critical player in this World Cup that virtually nobody is talking about. His pace and high-energy play helped change the trajectory of Germany's matches against Algeria and Argentina.

The Chelsea midfielder, who spent a season in and out of Jose Mourinho's doghouse, ended the Premier League campaign as a versatile and useful player in the Blues setup.

Jurgen Klinsmann And His Role In Germany’s 2014 World Cup Win

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Klinsmann With Big Choices To Make

Jurgen Klinsmann is a legend of German football, as a player. As a coach, his reputation may be more notable for the 3rd place finish in Germany's own World Cup 8 years ago, and the spectacular flameout at Bayern Munich 3 years later. Now his reputation may have been rehabilitated by his former assistant Joachim Low, as the process Klinsmann largely started finally paid off with this World Cup win.

How Sabella’s Tactical Changes Played Right Into the Hands of Germany

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And so it finally happened! 120 minutes on the 13th of July 2014; 120 minutes in the famous Maracana Stadium; 120 minutes to determine the World Champions; 120 minutes to change soccer players into legends.

...and what a tense 120 minutes it turned out to be as a total of 36 fouls were made.

Player Ratings For Germany 1-0 Argentina in 2014 World Cup Final

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Germany won the World Cup late in extra time with a wonderful goal from Mario Gotze to deny Argentina. Here are the player ratings for both teams from the final.

Germany

Manuel Neuer, 8:

Neuer didn't have too much to do, but he played with an air of confidence that doesn't come about unless a player is at the top of his profession.

WATCH Germany Wins 2014 World Cup; Match Highlights [VIDEO]

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Congratulations to Germany on winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time.

After the first 90 minutes ended 0-0, the match went to extra time. In the second half of extra time, Mario Götze's goal was the difference in the match after he chested the ball into his path and scored an unbelievable goal to win the game for Die Mannschaft.

WATCH Argentina 0-0 Germany World Cup Final: 1st Half Highlights [VIDEO]

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World Cup finals are often cagey events, with teams too nervous to make mistakes in case it costs them the game. But in the first half between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana, this was a joy to watch with both Argentina and Germany to put their teams in the lead.

However, it remains scoreless at the half.

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final, Starting Lineups and World Cup Open Thread

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This is it. The game we wait every four years for, and it'll be over in 90 minutes or more. Savor every moment. And share your observations, rants and raves in the comments section below with fellow World Soccer Talk readers from around the world.

Germany vs Argentina

• English language:ABC andWatch ABC
• Spanish language:Univision, Univision Deportes Network andUnivision online
• Portuguese language: ESPN Deportes

In the United States, the commentators for the match will be:

ESPN:Ian Darke and Steve McManaman
Univision:Enrique "El Perro" Bermúdez, Luis Omar Tapia and Pablo Ramírez

Starting lineups -

Germany:Neuer; Lahm, Hummels, Boateng, Höwedes; Schweinsteiger, Khedira; Müller, Kroos, Özil; Klose.

All the Info You Need For the World Cup Final: Germany vs Argentina

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World Cup Final information at your fingertips:

Germany World Cup Team Preview

Argentina World Cup Team Preview

Germany vs Argentina: Key player matchups

Argentina vs Germany: By the numbers

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Preview

Where to find the World Cup Final on US TV and Internet

Univision offers 12 hours of free-to-air World Cup programming

Watch 1986 World Cup Final between Argentina-Germany

Messi must seize his date with destiny just as Diego Maradona did 28 years ago

Team news

Angel Di Maria looks likely to miss the final due to injury, but Argentina's Sergio Aguero is fully fit for the game.

World Cup Final Featured On Newspaper Front Covers Around the World [PHOTOS]

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World Cup Final day finds the two nations' newspapers in different moods. German newspapers express a brazen confidence while underdog Argentina harps on hope, prayer, and dreams.

Frankfurter Allgemeine(above)has the most distinctive front page of the day. No words are necessary, just a closeup of the national teams shirt bearing a crest ringed by four stars.

WATCH ‘We Are The Germans’ Music Video; Fantastiche Unofficial World Cup Song [VIDEO]

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"We Are The Germans" has been my guilty pleasure this weekend. The hilarious music video features the unofficial World Cup song "We Are The Germans," which is the perfect rallying cry ahead of Germany's World Cup Final match against Argentina.

With obvious influences from Falco to Sacha Baron Cohen, the catchy song, funny facial expressions and cast of characters in the music video makes Ernst Hauser a rising star in my book.

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Final: Key Player Matchups

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Will Argentina complete a remarkable and slightly inexplicable run to the title, or will Germany finally realize their unlimited potential?

Here are the key matchups to watch.

Ezequiel Garay v. Miroslav Klose

Klose has done it. He has set the all-time World Cup goal-scoring record, and gotten back to the World Cup final twelve years after he first made it to this stage.

Where to Find the World Cup Final On US TV And Internet: Germany vs Argentina

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Today's must-see game between Germany and Argentina will be shown live on US television and Internet beginning at 3pm ET/Noon PT. The winner today will be crowned World Champions.

It's important to reiterate that the match kicks off at 3pm ET/Noon PT, not 4pm ET/1pm PT as has been the norm for late afternoon World Cup games.

Who Do You Think Will Win the World Cup Final?

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With the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final just hours away, it's now your opportunity to share your expertise and let us know who you think will win soccer's ultimate trophy.

Will it be Germany or Argentina that will lift the trophy today?

And therefore, will it be Europe or South America that will be crowned world champions?

Argentina vs. Germany: By The Numbers

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The winners of the 20th FIFA World Cup will be decided in a mouth-watering clash between two giants of international football in the historic Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Between them, Argentina and Germany have won 5 World Cup tournaments and both teams make part of the relatively short list of 8 nations that have won football's greatest prize.

Germany’s Patience In Joachim Löw is a Model For Other Countries to Emulate

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Never in recent history has a World Cup final been bigger for a head coach. Unlike most other managers that have taken their national teams to a final, Joachim Löw is a multiple major tournament leader implementing a long-term vision for his national team. Remaking the German style and blending in youth required continuing commitment from the DFL (the German football league).

Germany’s Manuel Neuer is Redefining The Goalkeeper Position

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I remember fondly a Bundesliga match between Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen during the 2012-13 season. Bayern Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer runs up towards the Leverkusen goal. He dribbles and sets up a cross that drifts into the area, and in the end the ball skips off the crossbar. Bayern loses the game.

Order Your Germany, Argentina And Other Official World Cup Jerseys Online

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It's obviously a coincidence that the two teams with the best looking shirts for the World Cup will meet in the World Cup Final on Sunday. Both Germany and Argentina's home and away shirts are splendid.

The shirts are available for you to order online so they can be delivered to your doorstep.

Jimmy Fallon Makes Fun of Argentina and Germany Players On Late Night TV [VIDEO]

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Comedian Jimmy Fallon, host of The Tonight Show, made fun of the Germany and Argentina players during one of his monologues on Friday night.

Fallon created several fictitious awards that FIFA would be giving out, such as "Best Listener," "Most Likeliest to Stare At You While You Eat," and other "awards.

Why Arsenal Need Sami Khedira More Than Chelsea Does

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Saturday morning's newspapers in England are reporting that Chelsea have made a swoop to try to convince Sami Khedira to join the Stamford Bridge club instead of Arsenal.

The Germany and Real Madrid midfielder secured a move from Stuttgart to the Spanish capital following an impressive 2010 World Cup.

Germany Midfielder Toni Kroos Will Join Real Madrid After World Cup Ends

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will join Real Madrid after the World Cup is over, ending speculation regarding whether the player will remain with Bayern Munich or not.

Bayern Munich Honorary President Franz Beckenbauer let the "cat out of the bag" when he disclosed:

"In a career there is also a future.

WATCH Argentina vs. West Germany, 1986 World Cup Final; The Full 90 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Great World Cup finals are surprisingly easy to come by when you look back through the tattered pages of the tournament's history. Given what's at stake, you would imagine that thesegames would bebeen tense, tight affairs — admittedly, the last few have been pretty abrasive contests—but overall, there have been some wonderfully gripping showpieces.

Germany vs Argentina World Cup Preview

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If you are looking for betting tips for Germany vs Argentina match, then visit BettingBonusesToday.com to get all of the tips, picks and odds for the World Cup finals match.

Germany vs Argentina represents a unique final where both teams have struggled in the past few World Cups but were always given credit for being contenders but just not getting the job done.

Odds On Who Will Win the World Cup Final and Third Place Game

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It just seemed like days ago when the World Cup kicked off on June 12, but time has flown by and the Third Place game as well as World Cup Final are almost here.

Before we dive into the latest odds for the World Cup Final and Third Place game, here's an update regarding how the odds are determined.

Why German Midfielder Toni Kroos is the Unsung Hero of World Cup 2014

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During the World Cup 2014 at Brazil, it has become more evident that Germany's new maestro is Toni Kroos. Bastian Schweinsteiger is still a vital component in the team's offensive configurations. Sami Khedira has proven that he is still Germany's best defensive anchor in midfield, while Mesut Özil – despite a disappointing World Cup campaign – still has Joachim Löw's confidence.

Critics Of Arsenal and German Midfielder Mesut Özil Are Dead Wrong

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Arsenal and Germany international Mesut Özil has received plenty of criticism since his arrival to London from Madrid last September. Costing the Gunners around $66 million (absolutely demolishing the team's previous transfer record), Özil was seen as somewhat of a savior to Arsenal fans. In the previous weeks leading up to the Özil transfer, Arsenal lost their opening 2013-14 Premier League match at home to Aston Villa and their closest rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, were in the process of spending $170 million to upgrade their squad and were picked by many pundits to overtake the Gunners in the standings.

12.4 Million Watched Brazil vs Germany World Cup Semifinal On US TV

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More than 12 million people watched the World Cup semifinal between Brazil and Germany on Tuesday, proving that Americans are continuing to watch the tournament in record numbers.

An average of 6.6 million people watched Brazil-Germany on ESPN, while 5.8 million watched the game on Univision Deportes, for a combined total of 12.

WATCH Germany 7-1 Brazil World Cup Animation [VIDEO]

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Germany's shock 7-1 victory over Brazil in the 2014 Workd Cup will be one of the everlasting memories of this summer. And now expert animator Richard Swarbrick has created another sensational animation, this time highlighting a few of the goals from the game.

With a video of only 30 seconds, it's impossible to cram all of the goals in, but the animation is still worth watching.

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Enter to Win a Chance to Take a Penalty Against Manuel Neuer

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We just came across a unique, new contest that we feel you'll be really interested in entering. It's your chance to come to the Allianz FC BayernTeam Presentation and take a penalty against Manuel Neuer, in front of a packed Allianz Arena crowd in Munich on the 9th August.

All you have to do for your chance to win is show how you would celebrate scoring.

Read Philipp Lahm’s Letter To Fans After Retiring From German National Team

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Germany defenderPhilipp Lahm announced his retirement from international soccer today, ending his international career on a high note with a World Cup medal after defeating Argentina on Sunday in Brazil.

Lahm, who is versatile as a right back or defensive midfielder, will continue to play with his club Bayern Munich.

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Monday Ticker: Klose retires from international play; Man City sign Mangala; and more

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By DAN KARELL

Like his teammate Philipp Lahm, Miroslav Klose has decided to leave international soccer as World Cup champions.

On Monday, Klose announced that he was retiring from the German National Teamafter helping his nation to lift the World Cup title in Brazil.

USA And England Fall In FIFA World Rankings While Germany Climbs to the Top

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FIFA has released its latest World Rankings, which ranks the strongest teams in the world based on the average number of points they gain in a match as well as a combination of other factors.

Germany climbs into first place for the first time in two decades, followed by World Cup runners-up Argentina.