The last time these two sides contested a World Cup final Elton John’s Sacrifice had just knocked England/New Order’s World in Motion off the top of the charts and Bruce Willis was stuck in an airport fighting terrorists on Christmas Eve in Die Hard 2.
It was 1990 and Gazza’s semi-final tears were followed by a 1-0 win for Germany in a drab finale – just four years after the sides produced a 3-2 thriller in Mexico that saw Argentina crowned World Champions.
It’s ironic then – or at least vaguely coincidental – that the last time both sides lifted the World Cup [Germany in 1990 and Argentina in 1986] – they beat each other.
The interweb was in its infancy and YouTube 15 years away from being invented – but thanks to some techie wizardry and playing fast and loose with the copyright laws – we’ve managed to find the best of the action (below) from both those games.
Argentina 3-2 Germany, Mexico 1986
Germany 1-0 Argentina, Italia 1990
While the sides clash in a third final at the Maracana Stadium on Sunday night (8pm) – they’re also meeting for the third consecutive time at the World Cup finals.
And if you’re holding an ante-post docket on Argentina – you might want to look away now.
Germany have one more World Cup trophy on the mantlepiece than Argentina (3 v 2) but more importantly they’ve also beaten Sunday night’s rivals both times they’ve clashed in the last two tournaments.
Die Mannschaft thrashed La Albiceleste 4-0 at South Africa 2010 and a repeat of that is 66/1 in Paddy Power’s correct-score betting.
Joachim Low’s side also eliminated their South American rivals on penalties (4-2) in the 2006 quarter finals after a 1-1 draw in normal time.
A similar scoreline after 90 minutes on Sunday is 11/2 while Germany to lift the Cup – with or without extra time and penalties – is 8/11.
If you fancy Argentina (who did beat Germany 3-1 in a Frankfurt friendly in March 2012) to repeat their 3-2 win of 1986 you can get 50/1 on Alejandro Sabello’s side’s while Die Mannschaft to confirm their 1990 superiority and win 1-0 is 6/1 in normal time.
Either way, one of them will be shedding more tears than Neymar on Sunday night as the other is crowned World Cup champions.