Football powerhouses Argentina and Germany reignite their intense rivalry on Saturday in an eagerly-anticipated 2010 FIFA World Cup™ quarter-final, with both sides boasting they will win.
The two countries met at the same stage in 2006 with Juergen Klinsmann's side going through 4-2 on penalties after counterpart Jose Pekerman left Lionel Messi on the bench.
Argentina lifted the trophy in 1978 and 1986 while the Germans have won three times, in 1954, 1974, and 1990. Their rivalry stretches back a long way, with the Argentines beating Germany in the 1986 Final before losing to them in the 1990 decider, games that featured Diego Maradona.
Now coach, the former midfield maestro is confident his team can counter the current German threat, despite them being high on confidence after crushing old enemy England 4-1 in the round of 16.
"We will take stock of our situation, then we will try and put together the best team to showcase our talents against Germany," said Maradona, who is seeking to join Franz Beckenbauer as the only man to have skippered and then coached a country to FIFA World Cup glory.
We know Germany are a different team to (round of 16 opponent) Mexico. They are stronger, but we will field the right players to beat them.
"It will be the team to give us the guarantee to overcome Germany. We know Germany are a different team to (round of 16 opponent) Mexico. They are stronger, but we will field the right players to beat them."
Argentina, along with the Netherlands, are the only countries left with a 100 per cent record after comfortably beating Nigeria, Greece and Korea Republic before ending Mexico's dreams.
In-form Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez said they do not fear consistent Germany, who have not failed to reach the last eight since 1938. "I was more afraid of Mexico - they play better football," he said. "(Germany) won their game and so reached the quarters, but they are not better than Argentina."
"There is a very positive feeling in the team. We have gained a lot of confidence from taking a victory against England," said Joachim Low. "A lot of the younger players became European Under-21 champions and it has given them a lot of confidence for a tournament like this."
While Argentina have been unbeatable in South Africa, Low said he had identified weaknesses, without revealing what they were. "They have a lot of experience, they have an impressive attack and not just through Lionel Messi alone," he said. "We have found weaknesses in their side, but I will keep that information for my players."
Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger echoed his coaches comments. "We have the key to this match, if we play like we did against England, we can win," he said.