2014 World Cup Final
by Art Pinney July 12, 2014
Tomorrow much of the world will be watching Germany and Argentina fight it out for the privilege to lift the World Cup. There’s plenty of history between these two countries and their respective national football teams as this will be the third time they will have faced each other in a World Cup final. (The previous two times were in 1986 and 1990.) In ’86, Argentina won a barnburner of a game 3:2 whereas in ’90, the only goal scored was on a penalty kick which gave Germany the win. One of the players on the 1990 German squad was Jürgen Klinsmann, who is currently the US national team’s head coach.
The Argentina national flag is a standard triband flag consisting of three equal horizontal stripes displaying the colors: light blue and white. The Argentine flag was created by Manuel Belgrano. It was first raised during the Argentine War of Independence on February 27, 1812 in the city of Rosario. The yellow Sun of May was added to the center in 1818.
The Germany national flag which is call Bundesflagge in German, is a standard tricolor flag consisting of three equal horizontal stripes displaying the colors: black, red, and gold. The colors of the German flag are linked with the republican democracy formed after the First World War. They represent German unity and freedom (national and personal). It was first adopted as the national flag in 1919.
On a personal note, it will be difficult for me to choose sides. Nine years before I was born, my parents immigrated to the US from Argentina. In addition, I spent 14 years in Germany while my step-father was serving in the US military. So as you can see, both countries hold a special place in my heart. I hope everyone enjoys the match!