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The world wants to copy Germany! Of course they do. Just like four years ago when everybody wanted to copy Spain. But, as much as they would like to, England won't be able to CTRL+C and CTRL+V the system that easily...
We are going to have to find our way of doing it because the system we have doesn't allow us to adopt the German route in its entirety— Gary Neville (@GNev2) July 14, 2014
Everton began the World Cup by burying their own good news during the opening match that Roberto Martinez had signed a new deal. Last night, as the final was being played, it was Newcastle's turn. In case you missed it, they have completed the signing of French midfielder Remy Cabella from Montpellier on a whopping SIX-YEAR deal. Full details and reaction below.
Official: Newcastle sign Cabella
Hoooowever, Arsenal, I'm afraid I've got some bad news. The Daily Mail claims London rivals Chelsea are looking to hijack the move, with Sami Khedira having played under Jose Mourinho for three years at Real Madrid, and the Gunners could be forced to switch their attention to Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.
Transfer Talk: Chelsea hijack Arsenal move
You have to feel for Sami Khedira. The midfielder was set to start the World Cup final but missed out due to an injury sustained in the warm-up. And now, according to Sport, he is on the verge of joining Arsenal on a four-year deal after Real Madrid agreed to sell him. German buddies Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski have reportedly convinced him to move to the Emirates Stadium.
Transfer Talk: Khedira agrees Arsenal deal
When Toni Kroos said he would make an announcement on his future after the World Cup, we didn't think he meant right after the final whistle. The Bayern Munich man confirmed to UOL after the final that he will be joining Real Madrid. He said: "We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved."
For a full recap of Lionel Messi's performance in the final, look no further. Our scouting report gives a statisfying look at how he fared, which clubs would be interested in him (I hear Entire Planet FC are pretty good) and where he looks set to fit in at Barcelona alongside Neymar and new kid on the block Luis Suarez.
World Cup Scouting Report: Lionel Messi
Uh-oh. Lionel Messi has revealed his frustration at Argentina's inability to convert their chances in the final *COUGH, HIGUAIN, COUGH* and also believes Germany benefited from having an extra day to prepare once the match went into extra time. Check out what else he had to say.
Messi: The strikers missed the chances
The best team won the World Cup, writes Ben Hayward, but the best player did not. Lionel Messi was named player of the tournament after guiding Argentina to the final but failed to produce on the biggest stage. Germany substitute Mario Gotze came off the bench to write his name in history - and Joachim Low has revealed the inspirational words he gave to the match-winner before he was brought on...
Messi fails to match Maradona | 'I told Gotze he was better than Messi'
Hello there and welcome back to our LIVE transfer window and World Cup blog. Not sure if you’ve heard, but these two teams kicked a fußball around for 120 minutes last night and at the end, the Germans won. Reaction from Brazil and all the latest transfer talk on the way!
That's your lot for today, I'm off to go get in the World Cup spirit. Don't forget we'll have build up and live play-by-play commentary so be sure to stick around for that. The Live Blog is back tomorrow at 9am, until then though, bye for now!
MATCH CENTRE: GERMANY V ARGENTINA
With the Final now almost upon us, why not whet your appetite with memories of some of the best finals we've seen down the years?
Both Argentina and Germany feature on the list, can they produce another memorable game in the Maracana this evening?
World Cup Finals: Six of the best
So who is going to walk away with the biggest prize on football this evening? Is German efficiency going to triumph over South American flair?
Will Messi produce the goods, or will Klose kill off the Albiceleste? We want your opinion. Get yourself involved in our poll, or simply get in touch via Twitter, @GoalUK.
Poll: Who will win the World Cup final?
This is not a typo, Manchester City are losing 1-0 to Dundee at Dens Park after Gary Harkins slotted away the rebound to his own penalty, past debutant Willy Caballero.
You can follow the action here:
Live Commentary: Man City 0-1 Dundee
Spain will tonight have to watch on as they finally lose thier title as world champions, but that hasn't stopped one or two fo them having their say ahead of the final between Germany and Argentina.
Napoli boss Rafa Benitez believes there is no clear favourite ahead of this evening's encounter in the Maracana, but fellow countrymen Raul can only see one outcome.
"Normally, World Cup finals do not have clear favourites," the 37-year-old wrote in his column for the Times of India.
"This tradition has been broken in Brazil. Germany are the team to watch after their demolition of the hosts in the semi-final.
Germany clear favourites - Raul
We brought you news this morning in Transfer Talk that Barcelona could be interested in a move for Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, and now the player's agent has added fuel to the fire.
Mustapha Nakhli has come out to say that there are 'several teams' interested in the Belgium international, but refused to confirm if one of them was indeed the Catalan giants.
'Several' teams want Vertonghen - agent
The big match is about to get underway! No, not the World Cup final, but some pre season action as Manchester City travel north of the border to take on SPFL side Dundee.
You can follow all the action with our very own Tom Davis. Go on, you know you want to.
Live Commentary: Dundee v Man City
The Dutch may be on their way home but they've certainly done themselves proud after an unprecidented third-place finish in Brazil.
Louis van Gaal is now off to manage Manchester United, and will no doubt be looking for some of Dutch squad to join him at Old Trafford.
But could he possibly tempt Arjen Robben to switch the Bundesliga for the Premier League?
Cartoon of the Day: Van Gaal heads for Manchester
Everyone is giving their thoughts ahead of the World Cup final it would seem, and even Christ himself is getting involved!
Christ the Redeemer, in Rio, was lit up in the colours of Germany after a worldwide social media vote. Argentine Pope Francis may just have something to say about that.
What are your World Cup predicitions? Let us know by getting in touch via Twitter, @GoalUK
T-MINUS FIVE HOURS UNTIL KICK OFF IN RIO!
We are getting closer to game time at the Maracana and footballers past and present are continuing to have their say ahead of Argentina - Germany.
World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles believes that an 'in prime' Lionel Messi is essential to an Argentine victory but has dismissed any psychological edge the Europeans might have after getting the better of the South Americans in the last two tournaments.
"As far as Argentina are concerned, once again all eyes will be on Messi," the 61-year-old worite in his column for the Times of India.
Messi needs big display - Ardiles
Muhamed Besic caught the eye at his first World Cup finals with Bosnia and Herzegovina and the 21-year-old is now the subject of numerous Premier League bid, according to the Daily Mail.
The paper reports that Everton have matched Swansea's £4 million bid for the Ferencvaros youngster, while West Ham are also monitoring the situation.