FIFA Final encounter tonight


Germany will face Argentina in tonights most eagerly awaited World Cup final at Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro.

The two teams will contest in front of an expected television audience of more than a billion.

Germany would be the first European team to win the tournament in South America if they take the title for the first time since 1990.

If Argentina triumph it would end a 28-year wait for World Cup glory since they beat West Germany in 1986.

Germany, seeking a fourth World Cup, crushed hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, while two-time winners Argentina beat Netherlands 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

Rio is preparing what local authorities claim to be the "largest security operation in the city's history", with more than 25,000 people involved, including local agents, military police, civil police, firefighters, the armed forces and intelligence agents.