After final match of World Cup in Brasil Germany and Argentina will meet again on Wednesday evening in Dusseldorf. Despite the fact that this clash is a friendly, both managers are expected to name strong starting lineups. But, superstar forward Lionel Messi will be reduced to the role of spectator as Argentina take on Germany in a rematch of the World Cup final. For Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger and defenders and Shkodran Mustafi were not considered fit enough to be named in the squad for the game at the Esprit Arena. Per Mertesacker, Miroslav Klose and Philipe Lahm are retiring from international football after sealing a fourth world title for their country.
It may seem incongruous to celebrate winning the World Cup with the defeated side in attendance, but Wednesday's game was organized last March, well before Mario Goetze scored in injury time on July 13 to give Germany its fourth title with a 1-0 win.
Both sides are beginning new eras as they meet for the second time in two months. Argentina have a new coach, Gerardo Martino, appointed to continue the work of predecessor Alejandro Sabella, who stepped down following the World Cup final after almost three years in charge.
Possible starting lineups:
Germany vs Argentina. Rematch of the World Cup Final. We expect beautiful football match, a lot of fighting spirit and goals. But in this game everything is possible, although we think this is the most realistic to be draw.