Sure none of the current players on Germany or Argentina’s World Cup squads were around the last two times their national teams tangoed in the most important soccer game in the world.
But the spirit of back-to-back duels for the Cup, in 1986 and 1990, will surely be with both these squads when the final kicks off Sunday.
They took much different paths to reach their current spots. Germany dominated in a manner that few soccer teams ever have.
In their 7-1 mauling of host country Brazil, the Germans made a statement that will certainly resonate with Argentina as they prepare (with one less day of rest) for the final.
In Argentina’s win, it was solid defense, resiliency and potency in penalty kicks that allowed the to just inch passed Holland to earn their spot in the final.
In a match dubbed by many as “Messi vs. The Machine sort of history or drama could be made as the battle of 32 teams, a month in the making culminates.
Germany has shown, perhaps, they deserve to be held in memory as one of the great teams in World Cup history. If they can power past Argentina, they will certainly make themselves part of the discussion.