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Germany “one step away” from making their dreams come true

Jul 13, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT

Germany's Andre Schuerrle celebrates after scoring his side's seventh goal during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Brazil and Germany at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) AP

It’s been twenty-four years since Germany last lifted a World Cup trophy. Not too long, in the grand scheme of things, but the last time they did so the nation was still a divided country. In 2002 they came closest, losing out to Brazil in the final. The last two tournaments, they’ve collected the third-place medal.

But Euro 2004 marked a turning point for the Germany national team. Despite their success in the 2002 World Cup, they failed to make it out of their group, collecting just two points. Four players remain from that team: Philipp LahmBastian Schweinsteiger, Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.

Then there’s the rest of the “golden generation,” the steady flow of new talent coming from Germany’s decision to totally overhaul its soccer system over the past decade. Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller are just a few of the names that come to mind.

Yet all this talk of a “golden generation” will be in vain should Germany not lift the World Cup this evening. And captain Lahm knows it. He said:

We all know what’s at stake. Our generation has developed and matured over the years. We have many players who are pillars at great international clubs. We have shown that we prepare perfectly for tournaments. We are only one step away from making our dream come true and we are fully focused on the final so that we, at last, bring back the trophy to Germany.

Do you think Germany will claim their fourth Cup? Or will Argentina thwart them?

  1. the8man - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    I don’t believe you can look at what Germany did to Brazil and cast them as a juggernaut. Brazil just wilted and the Dutch had their way with them yesterday. That being said, the Germans are healthier and better rested. And there is little doubt about their rightful place here. On the other side, it could have easily been Holland.

    Barring some catastrophic mistake, the Germans should win in regular time. If this match goes into extra time, then the Argentines gain momentum with every minute it passes. I like Die Manneschaft 2-1 or 1-0 in regular time.

  2. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    The only result that would surprise me is an Argentine victory by more than one goal.

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