QUIZ: Can you name Germany’s 2014 World Cup Final XI?

QUIZ: Can you name Germany’s 2014 World Cup Final XI?

Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final, but who started for Joachim Low’s men?

With the international break putting yet another unwelcome holt on domestic league football all over the world, we’ve had to sit through more dull 0-0 draws just to get our fix of the beautiful game. Credit where credit’s due, England’s effort against Germany on Friday night was admiral considering how inexperienced Gareth Southgate’s young Lions were; but it was still a goalless affair. Northern Ireland were extremely unlucky not to qualify for the finals next summer after they put in a resilient display against Switzerland over two legs; ultimately undone by a dubious penalty awarded after Corey Evans allegedly handled the ball in the area.

Elsewhere, we won’t be seeing European titans and four time World Cup winners Italy at the tournament next summer.Β Gian Piero Ventura’s men only finished second in their qualifying group and had to beat Sweden in a play-off match to gain entry to the competition, but failed to do so after a goalless second leg followed a 1-0 loss in Stockholm on Friday night. This is undoubtedly the biggest shock so far, and has led to the retirement of legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. The 39 year old, who has made 175 caps for his country since his debut back in 1997 made the tearful announcement straight after the loss to Sweden, ending a formidable rein as The Azzurri’s number 1.

It’ll be here before you know it…

For the teams that will be present however, next summer’s World Cup will soon be here. Preparations are now firmly underway and friendly matches between competitive nations will become more and more regular as we edge closer to June’s prestigious tournament. Germany and Brazil head into the tournament as favourites, with most bookmakers offering odds of 5/1 for them to lift the trophy. The holders, Germany, won it last time out after beating Argentina 1-0 back in 2014, thanks to an extra time goal from substitute Mario Gotze. Joachim Lowe’s men are always such a force in international tournaments, and the last World Cup was no different.

What we want to know, is if you can name all 11 players that started for Germany against the South Americans on that day almost 3 and a half years ago. Joachim Low lined his men up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, playing two holding midfielders and a playmaker in the middle behind a lone striker up top. You’ve got 2 minutes to complete this quiz, give it your best shot and tweet your scores into us @FootyAccums – best of luck!