2014 World Cup Final: Joachim Low v Alejandro Sabellaby Jack Kitson / 10 July 2014, 10:51Tweet
The 2014 World Cup is now down to just two teams - Germany and Argentina - and therefore two managers - Joachim Low and Alejandro Sabella - would go head-to-head at the iconic Maracana on Sunday for the ultimate prize in football. Below we take a look at each gaffer’s route to the Final, and their respective chances of hoisting the golden globe in Rio de Janeiro.
The match is a repeat of the Italia 1990 Final in Rome, which Germany won 1-0 following a late penalty from Andreas Brehme. Fast-forward 24-years and the Germans are the 11/8 favourites (Paddy Power) to win once again in 90 minutes, while Argentina can be backed at 13/5 (Bet Victor). Alternatively a draw at the end of normal time can be found at 9/4.
Who Will Prevail?
Below we take a look at the chances of both managers, but have your say in our poll on which manager will reap the glory in Rio.
Joachim Low (Germany)
Germany entered into their mouth-watering match against Brazil bidding to end their recent semi-final hoodoo and reach the Final after back-to-back last-four heartbreaks. However, no one could have predicted the scenes that followed, with Die Mannschaft running riot in Belo Horizonte as they thrashed Brazil 7-1 in one of the most astonishing results in football history.
Joachim Low's men now have the chance to win their first golden globe since 1990, and have been installed as the favourites to do so, and on Tuesday's performance you can see why, although Low will be drilling into his troops that they have won nothing yet.
Ever since Germany flunked at Euro 2004 they have been on a determined mission to win silverware. In 2006 they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup on home soil, with Low then taking charge and leading his side to the Final of Euro 2008 in his first major tournament. This was followed by the semi-finals of WC 2010, and then the last-four of Euro 2012.
Two years on in Brazil and Low has a world class squad at his disposal who are hungry for success. Many of his players were part of the 2009 U21 side who thrashed England in the Final, and there is no doubting that if they win on Sunday they have the opportunity to dominate for years to come. Germany head into the crunch clash on 21 game unbeaten run, and perhaps their biggest strength is simply that they expect to win.
Alejandro Sabella (Argentina)
Argentina are still haunted by those painful memories 24 years ago. However, in his first World Cup campaign Alejandro Sabella now has the chance to rid those demons and bring the famous trophy back to southeastern South America. La Albiceleste will now be gunning to lift their third World Cup, which will feel ever so sweet as it could be achieved on the home soil of their fiercest rivals Brazil.
Argentina narrowly won all three group stage matches, before edging past Switzerland in the final minutes of extra-time in their last-16 clash. In the quarter-finals they recorded another slender victory over Belgium, before squeezing past Holland on penalties. It is safe to say that they have failed to set the tournament alight from an attacking perspective, with their fearsome frontline failing to gel, and instead have relied heavily on star man Lionel Messi.
However, it is their defence that has impressed, having failed to concede since the group stages, which equates to approximately 370 minutes of football. Their backline will need to be on top form on Sunday as they come up against a side who hammered seven past Brazil in the semi-finals. Sabella will now be meticulously planning how to stop the rampant Germans, and his formation could prove vital in Rio de Janeiro.
There have been rumours of discontent in the camp during the tournament, with players critical of the 5-3-2 Sabella employed in the opening game. However, despite failing to fulfil their potential so far, the fact remains that Argentina are in the Final, and if Sabella can steer them to glory then he will become a legend in his homeland.