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Who will win the World Cup? Argentina vs. Germany at Maracana

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Argentina vs. Germany

Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET.

TV: ABC, Univision.


Radio: ESPN Radio Network outlets.

ABC’s coverage begins at 1 p.m.

Univision coverage begins at 11 a.m.

ABC announcers: Ian Darke and Steve McManaman.

ESPN Radio announcers: J.P. Dellacamera and Tommy Smyth.

Game-time weather: Mostly sunny, 77 degrees, light wind, low humidity. [Details]

Referee: Nicola Rizzoli of Italy.

Closing ceremonies, featuring Shakira, Wyclef Jean and Carlos Santana, begin at 1:20.

Capacity for the final: Between 74,000 and 75,000, according to FIFA. (About 100,000 fewer than the 1950 final at the original Maracana)

With two goals, this World Cup would set the record for most goals in a competition. The record of 170 was established in 1998, when the tournament field — and number of matches — was expanded. The current average is 2.69, highest since 1994. The record for goals per game will never be broken: 5.38 in 1954.

Prize money:

First place: $35 million.

Second place: $25 million.

Third place: $22 million.

Fourth place: $20 million.

Quarterfinal losers: $14 million.

Round of 16 losers: $9 million.

Failed to advance: $8 million.

Every team was also given $1.5 million before the tournament to assist in World Cup preparations.

The post-tournament prize money is awarded to the respective soccer federations, who choose how to distribute the funds. Germany has pledged a $400,000 bonus to each of the players for winning the championship. The U.S. players have a collective bargaining agreement with the USSF, which includes a formula for distributing World Cup winnings and other bonuses. Those numbers are not made public.

Pregame reading material:

My preview of the final.

Rick Maese’s feature about an organization led by a Washington native that, in the shadows of the World Cup, is building soccer fields for the underprivileged in Brazil.

Fancy Stats argues that Germany’s strikers get all the attention, but Toni Kroos drives its attack.

Non-World Cup reading material:

Mike Wise’s column about the 1974 Howard University soccer team, which brought worlds together amid racial tension in Washington.

O Globo’s headlines after Brazil lost the third-place match:

Brasil Da Novo Vexame (The Latest Brazil Annoyance)

O universo paralelo de Felipao (The parallel universe of Big Phil)

Enjoy the match!

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Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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