Written by News 1st
13 Jul, 2014 | 5:33 pm
Germany and Argentina will contest the 2014 Fifa World Cup final on Sunday in front of an expected television audience of more than a billion.
Germany would be the first European team to win the tournament in South America if they take the title for the first time since 1990.
If Argentina triumph it would end a 28-year wait for World Cup glory since they beat West Germany in 1986.
Meanwhile, celebrities around the world made predictions on who would win theWorld Cup.
Shakira, Colombian musical mega-star
[quote]I would love to have Paul the octopus to help me, but he already died, poor thing. So I cannot predict anything for this Final.[/quote]
Michael Vaughan, Former England cricket captain
[quote]Germany will win 3-1. Midfield power and Muller will be the difference. Messi to score though.[/quote]
Lucio, Former Brazil captain
[quote]I will support Germany, firstly because I have really good friends there. Secondly, my kids really like the [Germany] team, because we spent a long time there. I think it will be a good game, with lots of important plays. But Germany will win. My prediction is 3-1 Germany.[/quote]
Tim Krul, Netherlands goalkeeper
[quote]Just hope the final is going to be a reflection of this already fantastic and entertaining tournament may the best team on the night win!!![/quote]
Carlos Santana, Mexican-American musician
[quote]I think Germany are going to win. I’d like to see Argentina win because I live in America, but it’s not going to happen. It’s not impossible, but it’s not probable. It’s not impossible because I love Messi. However, my German brothers – because we’re all family – have an extra element of clarity and concentration. For example, musicians, when they play really fast, you have to think slower, but when you play slower, you have to think really fast. They understand this. Also, the way they breathe is not controlled by terror, it’s not fear, it’s not paralysing or stiff. Like when a woman has a baby, they change their breathing and relax. At an event like the World Cup, you have to learn to breathe correctly or else you get tired really quickly. I think my German brothers understand this. When I saw what they did to Brazil, [I saw that] they were a team and they are not depending on one superstar to win. They are a collective. It’s very difficult to beat a team with superstars – the team will always win.[/quote]
Joey Barton, Former Manchester City & England midfielder
[quote]Fancied Argentina before the tournament started but have got to go for Germany. Best prepared team at the tournament. Momentum of 7-1 win over Brazil carries them through. It’ll be tight, but umping for 2-0 Germany.[/quote]
Wyclef, Haitian, three-time Grammy-winning musician
[quote]Although my manager is a big Argentina fan, I think all 11 players from Germany will play as one. To me that’s the most important part as a football fan./quote]
Gary Player, South African, one of the greatest golfers in history
[quote]We all ‘know’ that Germany should win. They have played disciplined, strong, aggressive and decisive football. I wish them the very best. But having said this, I would love to see Messi and Argentina beat the odds and take home the Trophy from the Maracana in Rio. My best to all.[/quote]
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