The 2014 World Cup final will be played this weekend, as Germany and Argentina vie for the championship. The two teams are left standing, after 32 nations entered the tournament a month ago.
Germany and Argentina will compete in the 64th and final match of the 2014 World Cup. For the Germans, it’s their record eighth World Cup final, and the nation is looking for its fourth championship. Argentina has now reached five finals, splitting their first four matches.
Germany is coming off one of the biggest wins in World Cup history, beating Brazil 7-1 in shocking fashion. Argentina had a much more difficult time in their semifinal match, needing a shootout to get past the Netherlands.
One 2014 World Cup match is scheduled a day before the final. Brazil and the Netherlands will meet to determine the third-place finisher.
Below is the date, time ticket and stadium information for the 2014 World Cup final.
Date and Time
Sunday, June 13, 3 p.m. ET
For the second time in World Cup history, the final will be played at Estadio do Maracana. The venue also hosted the last match in 1950, which saw Uruguay defeat Brazil in front of 174,000 people.
Located in Rio de Janerio, Brazil, the stadium now has a reduced capacity of 74,738. The Maracana should be filled, as Argentina and Germany battle for the 2014 World Cup. The venue has hosted six matches in this year’s tournament, including two that featured the finalists. Argentina beat Bosnia and Herzegovina in the group stage, and Germany topped France in the quarterfinals.
The match is sold out, but seats are being sold on the secondary market for incredibly high prices. CNN reports that ticket prices are ranging between $5,000 and $20,000. Three days before the 2014 World Cup final, the most expensive tickets on ebay were going for $18,000, even though the face value of the seats throughout the stadium ranges from $440 to $990.
As fans spend thousands of dollars to see one 90-minute game, FIFA finds itself at the center of a potential scandal. A senior executive of FIFA partner company MATCH Hospitality, Ray Whelan, was arrested on Monday after being linked to the illegal sale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup. Whelan was one of 11 people arrested in the case.