After inspired victories and crushing defeats seen across the globe, the World Cup comes to a close Sunday. Germany and Argentina face off in the final. It’s a matchup with a long, storied history.
Germany enters the World Cup final after already achieving one of the most memorable, momentous victories in the sport — that massive 7-1 defeat of Brazil.
Looking ahead, Stefan Kloo with the Goethe Institute German Cultural Center in mid-city Los Angeles said, “We’re overly confident, and I personally think rightfully so.”
The cultural center has been hosting viewing parties for each game. Kloo said he expects another full house for the championship game.
"It will be just tremendous. It will be super crowded. Very rowdy. Very loud. Very full. And a hell of a ride is going to come to an end one way or another," Kloo said.
The last time Germany won the World Cup was 24 years ago, in 1990, also against Argentina. And the last time Argentina won was in 1986, also against Germany.
“So we need some revenge,” Argentinean Marcelo Sala said. “Always in a good way of course.” Sala owns 1810 Argentinean restaurant on Colorado Blvd in Old Town Pasadena and just opened a second 1810 restaurant last week in downtown Los Angeles.
He said he didn’t expect Argentina to go this far this year, even with one of the world’s soccer superstars, Lionel Messi. “We can’t believe it. We are one game away to win it all.”
Sala has ordered a huge TV for customers to watch at his Pasadena restaurant. “It’s going to be the television, empanadas, a lot of Argentinean wine and beer, and it’s going to be extremely noisy and exciting. How the final should be,” he said, adding the cheer “Vamos Argentina!”
The 2014 World Cup final gets underway at noon Sunday.
Where to watch
1810 Argentinean Restaurant
121 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
241 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Lala’s Argentine Grill
11935 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
Asociación Argentina de Los Angeles
2100 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank
Red Lion Tavern
2366 Glendale Blvd, Silver Lake
345 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles
Goethe Institut-Los Angeles
5750 Wilshire Boulevard Suite 100, Los Angeles
833 W. Torrance Blvd., Torrance