It's only fitting to kick JFish Sports Talk back up with a breakdown of the sporting event the whole globe is fixated on: The World Cup Final.
Germany vs Argentina
What a finale for the World Cup! Germany looked like a well- oiled machine in the Semi Final against the host nation, Brazil. To beat Brazil playing without Captain Thiago Silva and with the face of Brazilian soccer Neymar out with a back injury is one thing, but for Germany to completely dismantle Brazil 7-1 is a completely different thing. I think it is safe to say that we were all stunned at that result. This German team is clicking on all cylinders at what appears to be the right time, which spells bad news for Argentina.
Argentina on the other hand seems to be doing just enough to keep advancing in the tournament. Argentina hasn't been pretty this tournament winning every game by only a one goal margin. It also doesn't hurt that Argentina fields quite possibly the best soccer player in the games history in Lionel Messi. Messi is the drummer, bass player, guitarist, and the lead singer for this Argentinian squad. Argentina goes as far as Lionel Messi takes them. A key to why Argentina struggled to get anything going offensively against the Netherlands is because Messi only touched the ball once in the box the whole game. That one time he touched the ball in the box was when he took his Penalty Kick when 120 minutes of playing time had already passed. If Argentina has a shot to beat Germany they must target Messi more often. Nothing but good things happen when Messi has possession of the ball.
It's time to put my money where my mouth is. This game is essentially the best team vs. the best player in the world (San Antonio Spurs vs Lebron James in the NBA Finals ring a bell?). As much as I would like to see the soccer crazy Argentina fans win the World Cup in rival country Brazil, I just don't see it happening. I like the complete German squad to be the first European country to win a World Cup on South American soil. Deutschland takes this one.
GERMANY 2 ARGENTINA 1
Bonus pick for the third place game
NETHERLANDS 3 BRAZIL 2