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Sam Wallace is Football Correspondent for The Independent.

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World Cup-winning squad members are of a decent age and there is plenty more talent ready and able to step up

World Cup 2014: Germany could rule the world for years to come

World Cup-winning squad members are of a decent age and there is plenty more talent ready and able to step up

Mario Gotze celebrates the winning goal in the World Cup final
Joachim Löw trains with his Germany squad ahead of the World Cup final

World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina: We can reign for years, says Joachim Low

Germany manager issues bullish rallying cry on eve of World Cup final

Martin Demichelis pictured after Argentina's semi-final victory

World Cup 2014 final - Germany vs Argentina: Will Martin Demichelis be a warrior or a liability?

Despite many fine showings, the Manchester City defender's career has been punctuated by errors in big matches

Messi attempts an overhead kick during training

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi watches and waits for final chance to be a legend like El Diego

Germany are favourites to triumph in the Maracana tomorrow but the Argentina captain needs just one opportunity to strike

Louis van Gaal will not be afraid to upset supporters in pursuit of results

Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal shows Manchester United his pragmatic approach

The lesson for Manchester United fans from Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team’s performance in Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final was that the Dutch coach will cut his cloth accordingly – and he is not afraid to pick a team that will park the bus if he judges that the best way of prevailing. This is, after all, the man who schooled Jose Mourinho in the Chelsea manager’s early days as an assistant at Barcelona.

Lionel Messi can be the clean-cut version of football great Diego Maradona

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Can Lionel Messi be the clean-cut version of Diego Maradona?

Both went into World Cups rated the best player on the planet but one Argentina legend was dogged by scandal off the pitch as he carried his side to triumph over the Germans in 1986

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Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 reaction: Brazil 'blanked out', says Luiz Felipe Scolari

Willian calls the performance of the host nation 'inexplicable' after their 7-1 defeat to Brazil

David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
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