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  1. Bayern Munich win the World Cup

    Bayern player Mario Goetze scored the winning goal - and he wasn't short of club team-mates in the Estadio do Maracana.

    Thomas Muller was Germany's top scorer and second only to James Rodriguez in the competition for the Golden Boot. Batyern keeper Manuel Neuer won the Golden Glove.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger, Germany's captain Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, and Jerome Boateng all ply their trade in the Bavarian capital.

    Arsenal, who won the world cup in 1998, got a look in this time, with Ozil and Mertesacker playing in the final - but Bayern not only provided more players than any other team to the World Cup winners - Bayern players were amongst the best performers of the competition.

    As Berti Vogts said during his time as Germany coach, "Der Star ...

    Updated 14th July 2014 at 08:05 AM by 11v11

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  2. Brazil v Netherlands stats

    The mach for 3rd place offers Brazil the chance for some redemption following the humiliating performance against Germany - but can Holland recover their group stage form and rub more salt into the wounds?

    The historical record is balanced, but both sets of players and the managers have plenty to prove

    • In World Cups, each side has beaten the other twice (one of which was a penalty shoot-out win for Brazil).
    • The Netherlands scored 12 goals in their first 4 games at this World Cup but failed to score in the quarter- or semi-final, despite both matches going to extra-time.
    • This will be Brazil’s fourth appearance in the third place game (W2 L1) and the Netherland’s second (L1)
    • In his current spell as Brazil manager Scolari has a win percentage of 67.86%
  3. Germany v Argentina stats

    Following the total thrashing of Brazil by the rampant Germans, Germany are favorites to lift the World Cup trophy at the end of this game.

    But Argentina showed against the Netherlands that they can hold an world-class attack at bay - not forgetting they have arguably the best player in the world in Lionel Messi.

    Germany v Argentina stats

    • This will be Germany’s 8th World Cup final (more than any other nation), and they have now reached a World Cup final in each of the last 7 decades (1954; 1966; 1974; 1982 and 1986; 1990; 2002 and 2014).(W3 L4)
    • This will be Argentina’s 5th World Cup final, (W2 L2)
    • This will be the 3rd World Cup final between Germany and Argentina. Argentina won 3-2 in 1986, Germany 1-0 in 1990).

    Updated 11th July 2014 at 12:42 PM by 11v11

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  4. Di Stefano video - European Cup goal compilation

    Alfredo Di Stefano scored in all first five European Cup finals, that saw Real Madrid become one of the world's biggest clubs. He is regarded as the most influential player in "Los Blancos'" history, and this is our tribute to one of football's legends: OO.ready(function() { OO.Player.create('ooyalaplayer', 'VwMm9ybjpCLEvW7vJhR6X5t4t4JCC3_l', {'liverail-ads-manager': {'LR_PUBLISHER_ID': '45919', 'LR_AUTOPLAY': '0'}}); });Please enable Javascript to watch this video
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  5. Netherlands v Argentina preview stats

    Argentina have never lost a World Cup semi-final, but the Netherlands have looked impressive so far in this tournament.

    Expect a tighter game than the Germany v Brazil clash.

    • In their previous World Cup matches, the Netherlands won twice, Argentina once, with one draw.
    • This is Argentina’s first World Cup semi-final since 1990, when they lost in the final to West Germany.
    • Argentina’s victory over the Netherlands in the 1978 final, is their only win against the Netherlands in 8 meetings (W1 D3 L4).
    • Each of Argentina's 5 wins at this tournament have been by a single goal margin.
    • This is the first World Cup in which both Argentina and Brazil have progressed to the semi-finals.
    • Wesley Sneijder has now played a Dutch record of 16 World Cup games.
  6. Brazil's worst ever defeat

    The 1-7 semi-final loss against Germany will go down as Brazil's worst ever loss in international football:

    Here are their other extremely poor performances:

    18 September 1920 Uruguay v Brazil 6-0 South American Championship
    03 June 1934 Yugoslavia v Brazil 8-4 International
    05 March 1940 Argentina v Brazil 6-1 Copa Julio Roca

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    Whilst this 7-1 victory was arguably Germany's best ever performance in the World Cup, it was not their most emphatic score-line which was an 8-0 win against Saudi Arabia in 2002.

    Updated 9th July 2014 at 11:50 AM by 11v11

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  7. Brazil v Germany preview stats

    Brazil are on a run of 42 undefeated home matches - their last defeat having been against Paraguay in August 2002. If the Germany force Brazil to taste defeat this evening, it will be a bitter pill to swallow.
    Brazil have lost none of their last 6 semi-final matches, winning 5 and going through on penalties in the other.

    • Germany are the first country to reach four consecutive World Cup semi-finals.
    • The only other meeting between these sides at the World Cup was in the 2002 final when Brazil won, with Ronaldo scoring both goals.
    • Germany won the last meeting between the two sides 3-2, with the goals scored by Bastian Schweinsteiger, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze, Neymar and Robinho.
    • Thiago Silva will miss the semi-final through suspension and Neymar (who will
  8. Netherlands v Costa Rica preview stats

    This is the first ever match between the Netherlands and Costa Rica, however despite Costa Rica’s excellent performances so far in this tournament, the Netherlands are strong favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

    • Netherlands have won 10 of their last 11 World Cup matches, (the loss was unfortunately the 2010 final against Spain.)
    • Costa Rica are the first CONCACAF team since the USA in 2002 to reach the quarter-finals.
    • The Dutch goals at this World Cup have been scored by seven different players.
    • Wesley Sneijder has now played in 15 World Cup games – a Dutch record.
    • The Netherlands are on a run of 11 World Cup knockout games without keeping a clean sheet.

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Netherlands: Rank: 15 Points: 981 ...

    Updated 5th July 2014 at 12:48 PM by 11v11

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  9. Argentina v Belgium preview stats

    This match marks the third time in a row that Argentina have reached the quarter finals of the World Cup whilst for Belgium it is only the second time they have progressed to this stage (In 1986 they ended up in fourth place)
    Argentina and Belgium have both won all four of their games at the 2014 World Cup, all by a single goal margin.

    Head to Head games

    13/06/82 Argentina v Belgium 0-1 (World Cup)
    05/09/84 Belgium v Argentina 0-2 (International)
    25/06/86 Argentina v Belgium 2-0 (World Cup)

    Fifa Ranking (June 5th 2014)

    Argentina: Rank: 5 Points: 1175
    Belgium: Rank: 11 Points: 1074

    World Cup 2014

    First in Group F with 9 points (P3 W3 GF6 GA3)

    Updated 5th July 2014 at 12:49 PM by 11v11

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  10. Brazil v Colombia preview stats

    Although this is the first time Colombia have reached the quarter-finals and Brazil have got this far in each of their last six World Cups, Colombia have arguably been the most impressive team of the tournament so far. Despite home advantage, Colombia may cause an upset.

    Brazil v Colombia stats

    • This will be the first World Cup match between Brazil and Colombia..
    • Colombia have failed to score in 9 of their last 12 games against Brazil.
    • Colombia’s 11 goals so far is their best ever in a World Cup.
    • If James Rodriguez scores in this match he would be the first player since Rivaldo in 2002 to score in the first five games of a World Cup and the first since Teofilo Cubillas (across the 1970 and 1978 tournaments) to score in his first five career

    Updated 4th July 2014 at 06:55 AM by 11v11

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