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Argentina, Germany have rich World Cup history

In this June 29, 1986, file photo, Diego Maradona, holds up the trophy, after Argentina beat West Germany 3-2 in their World Cup soccer final match, at the Atzeca Stadium, in Mexico City. On Sunday, July 13, 2014, Germany and Argentina will face each other again in the final of the 2014 soccer World Cup.(AP Photo/Carlo Fumagalli, File)

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — Diego Maradona was reportedly so struck by stage fright that he called for his mother’s help as Argentina players sat in silence in their changing room before the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany.

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Germany World Cup team capsules

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — Here is a look at Germany’s likely starters and substitutes for the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana.

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Defender out of position comfortable facing Messi

German national soccer player Benedikt Hoewedes attends a news conference in Santo Andre near Porto Seguro, Brazil, Thursday, July 10, 2014. Germany faces Argentina on upcoming Sunday in Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, in the final of the World Cup. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — For a man about to face one of the game’s most prolific scorers, Benedikt Hoewedes is remarkably calm and composed ahead of the World Cup final.

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Germany takes ‘tiki-taka’ to another level

Germany's Toni Kroos (18) celebrates with Sami Khedira (6) and Miroslav Klose, right, after scoring his side's fourth 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/Natacha Pisarenko)

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) — Germany has taken the “tiki-taka” passing game so intrinsically used by Spain to another level at the World Cup in Brazil, by adding ruthless efficiency to the possession philosophy.

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Scoring spree of severe margins stuns even Germany

Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates after scoring his side's third 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/Natacha Pisarenko)

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil (AP) — Chance after chance was offered, and the Germany players just kept on taking them with clinical efficiency.

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