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The Daily Hilario(?): World Cup 2014 Final

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Your daily dose of off-topic shenanigans.

Matthias Hangst

I became football literate right around the time of the 1986 and 1990 World Cups.  So today's final is a bit of a throwback for me.

Germany vs. Argentina, the rubber match of a three-game series played out over 28 years.  Can Messi be the new Maradona and win it by himself?  Or will Argentina self-destruct like they did in the '90 final when they were more interested in tackling and wrestling than football?  Can Germany become the first team to win the World Cup in the Americas?  They've been easily the most consistently impressive team throughout the tournament, but the final is often a different beast entirely.  I can't even imagine the pressure.

Since André Schürrle's on Germany, and I had drafted Zee Germans as the winning team in my fantasy World Cup league with Jack & Devin & friends, I shall be rooting for them.

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I'll still be watching tonight.

FOOTBALL (all times BST):
18.20:  World Cup, closing ceremonies
20.00:  World Cup, final:  Germany vs. Argentina
03.00 (next day):  MLS, 1st(W) vs. 8th(W):  Seattle Sounders vs. Portland Timbers