Welcome to live updates of the 2014 FIFA World Cup final.
If you didn’t know…it’s Argentina vs Germany yet again - well for the third time in fact after previous final meetings in 1986 (Argentina 3-2) and 1990 (West Germany 1-0).
20 minutes away from kickoff. For the record Germany will be wearing their famous white strip while Argentina have been forced to wear an away blue strip.
The lineups have been named. No Angel Di Maria for Argentina after struggling with a thigh injury.
Di Maria also missed the semifinal win over the Netherlands, and the speedy winger's absence is a big blow for Argentina's attack.
Germany starts with the same lineup that beat Brazil 7-1 in the semifinals after center back Mats Hummels was declared fit despite a minor knee problem.
Lionel Messi spearheads Argentina's attack alongside Gonzalo Higuain, with Sergio Aguero on the bench. Aguero has also struggled with a thigh injury. Argentina also stayed with the same lineup that started in the semifinals.
Germany: Manuel Neuer; Philipp Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Hoewedes; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller; Miroslav Klose.
Argentina: Sergio Romero; Pablo Zabaleta, Martin Demichelis, Ezequiel Garay, Marcos Rojo; Lucas Biglia, Javier Mascherano, Enzo Perez; Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain, Lionel Messi.
If Germany win they will add a fourth star to their crest, Argentina are gunning for a third star.
Germany have finished third in the last two World Cups and second in 2002. It’s been 24 years since their last title, while it’s been a 28-year long wait for Argentina.
The World Cup is now on the pitch. It's been brought out by Carles Puyol and Gisele Bundchen in a Louis Vuitton case.
To get in the mood let’s watch some classic YouTube clips.
As mentioned above, Argentina beat Germany 3-2 in the 1986 World Cup final – easily the best final of the last 30 years. Check out this superb two minute highlights package with some of the most dramatic 80’s background music you will hear today.
And we can’t have an Argentinian World Cup blog without at least one clip of Maradona – who failed to score in that 1986 final (so not all the pressure is on Messi today). Check out this amazing video of the great man warming up before a game for Napoli.
And we can’t mention Maradona in our blog without comparing him with Lionel Messi. So here’s a clip which shows just how similar the two Argentinian greats are.
Today’s game is taking place at Estadio Maracana in Rio de Janeiro and our own Michael Burgess is at the famed ground right now. He’ll be filing after the match so keep an eye on his copy at fulltime.
It looks like a very nice sunny day in Rio. Shots of the Berlin fanzone show locals in raincoats and umbrellas.
Both teams have played one game in Rio in the tournament. Argentina opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Bosnia at the ground while Germany beat France 1-0 in their quarter-final at the Maracana. The ground was constructed in 1950 and has a capacity of 74738.
These two teams have met on 20 occasions. Argentina have won nine, Germany six with five draws. However they have both scored 28 goals each in the 20 previous matches.
The referee is Italian Nicola Rizzoli, he will have two compatriots running the lines.
The teams are about to come out onto the ground. A reminder, Germany in white, Argentina in all blue - the first time they've worn the strip at the tournament.
Philipp Lahm and Thomas Mueller joking around under the tunnel. Not many nerves on show.
The Argentines a lot more serious as Messi leads them out.
Here are the lineups once again:
Germany: 1 Manuel Neuer; 16 Philipp Lahm, 5 Mats Hummels, 20 Jerome Boateng, 4 Benedikt Hoewedes; 6 Sami Khedira, 7 Bastian Schweinsteiger, 18 Toni Kroos, 8 Mesut Ozil, 13 Thomas Mueller; 11 Miroslav Klose.
Argentina: 1 Sergio Romero; 4 Pablo Zabaleta, 15 Martin Demichelis, 2 Ezequiel Garay, 16 Marcos Rojo; 6 Lucas Biglia, 14 Javier Mascherano, 8 Enzo Perez; 22 Ezequiel Lavezzi, 9 Gonzalo Higuain, 10 Lionel Messi.
Klose becomes just the second man to play in two finals 12 years apart. The other being Pele.
Actually a late change. Sami Khedira is out after a late calf strain. That's just cruel. Christoph Kramer will start in his place.
The teams walk out side by side as the FIFA anthem blares away.
Now the national anthem of Germany - Deutschlandlied
From the Meuse to the Memel,
From the Adige to the Belt,
Germany, Germany above everything,
Above everything in the world!
Now the Argentina anthem:
Hear, mortals, the sacred scream:
"Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!"
Hear the noise of broken chains
See the noble Equality enthroned
Lahm and Messi shake hands. Two of the smallest men on the pitch.
Here we go. The 2014 FIFA World Cup about to get underway.
Germany enjoy early possession but lose it when Jerome Boateng looks for a wide long ball.
Argentina kick the ball away through and Germanty sit on the ball again. Ozil with a chance near the box but can't get a shot away. Thomas Mueller then fouled near the box and Germany with an early freekick. 30m out right in the middle.
German freekick. Big chance early on. Who will shoot?
Schweinsteiger hits it straight into the wall. And Argentina break down the field. Lavezzi and Higuain link up before Higuain fires a shot across the face of goal. Great counter by Argentina there.
Germany on the attack again by Ozil can't find a man in the box. Straight down the other end with Argentina on the attack now. They eventually get a throw-in deep in German half.
Germany now with a throw-in near the corner but a weak cross from Mueller is easily caught by goalkeeper Sergio Romero. End-to-end start but Germans on top.
Messi yet to get in the game but that's mainly because the only Argentine possession has been on the break. Just as I write that the little Argentine number 10 makes a run down the righthand side.
He gets past the big Hummels with ease but can't find a teammate in the middle.
Zabaleta with a cross but it doesn't find a player. Argentina have a corner through. First of the game
Argentina with a few chances in the last two minutes. Not clear chances but they are getting forward. Now Germany break.
But they give away the ball in the Argentina half.
A cross comes into the Argentina box but Klose can't get anything on it. Demichelis making sure of that.
Another freekick for Germany.
This one is to the right. Ozil sends it in but doesn't find a German head and Argentina clear.