Argentina

Saturday, July 12, 2014

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The coach believes the future is bright for his team even if they are defeated by the South Americans in Sunday's World Cup final at the Maracana

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The Napoli forward insists that Alejandro Sabella's men are just as worthy participants in the biggest game in football as Brazil's conquerors

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The Barcelona ace is hoping that after successive quarter-final eliminations at the hands of the Mannschaft, fate will finally smile on the Albiceleste

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Ahead of Sunday's final with Germany, the Argentina star insists lifting the trophy would be a greater achievement than any individual prize he has won over the years

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The Argentina international is keen to work with Louis van Gaal, while an agreement in principle over personal terms is believed to have been reached between club and player

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The Germany striker is wary their World Cup final opponents will be looking to make amends for being knocked out by his side in 2006 and 2010

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The captain has been at the heart of his nation's rebirth since their disastrous Euro 2000 campaign and could complete an incredible international journey by lifting the World Cup

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The Barcelona forward is constantly compared to his compatriot and now has the opportunity to match him by winning the greatest prize of all

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The Argentina great insists he would be glad to see the Barcelona forward take up his mantle if he emulates his 1986 World Cup win, urging him to put his tiredness to one side

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The Albiceleste were carried through the group stage by their captain, but Angel Di Maria, Gonzalo Higuain, Javier Mascherano and Sergio Romero have all since played their part

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The two teams face each other in a World Cup final for the third time at the Maracana on Sunday, with the Barcelona star on the brink of joining the pantheon of all-time greats

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Joachim Low's men may have struggled against allegedly inferior opposition but they comfortably saw off Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. before later humiliating the host nation

Friday, July 11, 2014

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The two goalkeepers set to face off in the World Cup final have joined the Costa Rica hero on the shortlist, with Mexico's Guillermo Ochoa missing out

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The Italian, who was criticised by Belgium coach Marc Wilmots for favouring Argentina earlier in the competition, will take charge of the Albiceleste's clash with Germany

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The Germany international is yet to be on the losing side against the Argentina star and is hell bent on extending that record this weekend