Sport Lionel Messi watches and waits for final chance to be a legend like El Diego
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PREVIEWIt is 60 years since their greatness as a footballing nation was born on a wet day in Bern
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Brazil's defender David Luiz walks off the pitch after losing the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup
PREVIEWBrazil vs Netherlands:They started out with the hope of exorcising the ghosts of the Maracanazo but in the end they never even set foot on the stadium’s soil
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Jérôme Boateng (top row, far left), Benedikt Höwedes (No 4), Mats Hummels (15) Sami Khedira (8), Manuel Neuer (1) and Mesut Özil (10) line up in the Germany Under-21 side to face England in Malmo five years ago
OPINION They thrashed England Under-21s in ‘09 but, crucially, have had the proper development since
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PREVIEW German skipper believes his team’s know-how could prove the decisive factor
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Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella juggles a ball during a training session
PREVIEW Argentina’s press still calls Sabella Pachorra (the sloth), a reference to the pace at which the elegant No 10 played
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Argentina's players run to celebrate their victory after a penalty shoot out following extra-time in the semi-final football match between Netherlands and Argentina of the FIFA World Cup at The Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo
COMMENTSunday's final is a fitting climax to a month that has captivated the globe
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Ron Vlaar reacts after missing his penalty
VIDEOThe Dutchman's missed penalty didn't nearly spin over the line, did it?
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Javier Mascherano of Argentina tackles Arjen Robben of the Netherlands as he attempts a shot
REACTIONThe midfielder, who was outstanding in the World Cup semi-final, has spoken of the pain he endured
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Lionel Messi can be the clean-cut version of football great Diego Maradona
PREVIEWWorld Cup 2014:Messi and Maradona, the two maestros at No 10, are the obvious comparisons when it comes to the finals of 1986 and 1990 between Argentina and West Germany and Sunday’s re-match. But flicking back through the pages of history, those two games have dimensions far beyond Sunday’s game
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Wagner Ribeiro, Neymar's agent, has launched a scathing attack on Brazil manager Luis Felipe Scolari
REACTION Wagner Ribeiro, the agent of Brazil's superstar forward, has delivered a six-point critique of Brazil coach
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Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014
OPINIONA keeper with no histrionics, defenders who can defend and forwards who are clever running off the ball
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Alan Hansen
OPINIONAlan Hansen will make one last appearance on Match of the Day after 22 years
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A selection of the best players at the World Cup
GALLERY From Messi and Muller, to Navas and Neymar, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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Pablo Zabaleta celebrates Argentina's World Cup semi-final victory
Argentinian right-back left bloodied and bruised after accidental clash
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The Atlético Madrid manager tagged the wife of sports journalist into a tribute tweet before she’d learned the tragic news
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Two Brazilian fans embrace in a bar on Copacabana beach as their country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany sinks in
COMMENTThey were silent and sad, but no one was crying, writes Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
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Scoreboard at the end of the semi-final World Cup match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte
A person from New Zealand it would seem
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PLAYER RATINGSAnd who was the worst of the lot for Brazil?
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Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
REACTIONOne newspaper didn't even bother to write a headline
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
ANALYSISHas any team been so humiliated as Brazil are right now?
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Fans burn a Neymar shirt on the streets of Brazil following the 7-1 defeat to Germany
REACTION He wasn't even playing!
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One of the men to suffer cardiac arrest was 16-year-old Erik Tench

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Argentina's coach Alejandro Sabella holds the ball during a quarter-final football match between Argentina and Belgium at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium

Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Win or lose, Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will call it a day after World Cup final, claims his agent

Eugenio Lopez told Argentinian radio that Sabella will end his 'cycle' as head coach after Sunday's final, with Gerardo Martino and Diego Simeone tipped to take over

Luis Felipe Scolari will keep his Brazil job, claims the president elect of the CBF

World Cup 2014: Luis Felipe Scolari WILL keep his Brazil job despite 7-1 Germany thrashing, claims the president-elect of the CBF

Scolari is under significant pressure following Brazil's semi-final humiliation, but Marco Polo Del Nero believes 'Felipao' should remain at manager

A Brazilian fan shows his dejection after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: Video shows what would have happened if the Brazil players didn't play...

VIDEO: Brazil even more embarrassed by internet prankster

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Philipp Lahm banks on German experience to win fourth title

Versatile skipper thinks German side's know-how will be key

Brazil's defender David Luiz walks off the pitch after losing the semi-final football match between Brazil and Germany at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, during the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: Arrogant Brazilian team may never be forgiven by the fans

The ghosts of 1950 have been exercised... but replaced by this current team

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

Germany vs Argentina World Cup final 2014: Will the Germans have an advantage because of the extra day's rest?

Will the extra day off really make a difference? We're not quite sure...

Just Fontaine scores for France against West Germany in the 1958 third-place play-off

Brazil vs Netherlands World Cup 2014: A history of the third-place play-offs

To get you interested, we look back at the best third-place play-offs in history

Italian referee Nicola Rizzoli will take charge of the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Nicola Rizzoli will referee the final on Sunday

The 42-year-old refereed the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley

Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014

Tim Sherwood on World Cup 2014: My team of what has been a brilliant tournament in Brazil

Tim Sherwood picks the XI players who have shone the brightest in Brazil

Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Germany conquers the world

It is 60 years since their greatness as a footballing nation was born on a wet day in Bern

World Cup 2014: When Alan Shearer starts to upstage you, it really is time to get off the sofa

Hansen is the televisual equivalent of an ancient factory worker

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Here is Tim Sherwood's team of the World Cup 2014
OPINIONA keeper with no histrionics, defenders who can defend and forwards who are clever running off the ball
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A selection of the best players at the World Cup
GALLERY From Messi and Muller, to Navas and Neymar, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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Alan Hansen
OPINIONAlan Hansen will make one last appearance on Match of the Day after 22 years
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Yaya Touré has defended his posturing over his future at Manchester City
Astonishing claim from Manchester City midfielder's agent comes as the latest in a string of summer outbursts
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Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal launch the new Puma Arsenal kits at the Puma Store on Carnaby Street
KIT LAUNCH Massive deal is worth £150m over the next five years
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Manchester United Marouane Fellaini allegedly cut his hair
Image of the Manchester United without his long locks has gone viral
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Pablo Zabaleta celebrates Argentina's World Cup semi-final victory
Argentinian right-back left bloodied and bruised after accidental clash with Dirk Kuyt
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Ron Vlaar reacts after missing his penalty
VIDEOThe Dutchman's missed penalty didn't nearly spin over the line, did it?
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Two Brazilian fans embrace in a bar on Copacabana beach as their country’s humiliating 7-1 defeat by Germany sinks in
COMMENTThey were silent and sad, but no one was crying, writes Alex Bellos in Rio de Janeiro
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Fans burn a Neymar shirt on the streets of Brazil following the 7-1 defeat to Germany
REACTION He wasn't even playing!
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PLAYER RATINGSAnd who was the worst of the lot for Brazil?
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Brazil's head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari leads player Oscar off the pitch after the FIFA World Cup 2014 semi final match between Brazil and Germany at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, Brazil
REACTIONOne newspaper didn't even bother to write a headline
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David Luiz pictured during the 7-1 defeat to Germany
ANALYSISHas any team been so humiliated as Brazil are right now?
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VIDEO It's almost surprising that it hadn't happened before, but the selfie trend has extended to celebrating a goal

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