1986 World Cup Final, Azteca Stadium, Mexico, 29th June, 1986, Argentina 3 v West Germany 2, Argentina's Diego Maradona goes flying over the challenges of West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher and defender Karl Heinz Foerster (Photo by Bob Thomas/Getty Images)
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By Francesca Trianni
July 11, 2014

This weekend, the 2014 FIFA World Cup Trophy will go from the current holder of the gold statue, Spain, winner of the 2010 World Cup, to either Argentina or Germany. But this is not the first time the two countries have faced each other in a World Cup final.

In 1986, Argentina beat Germany 3-2, in a magic match where Maradona became Maradona. And it happened a second time in, 1990, when the Germans won 1-0 in what was considered at the time a less than exciting performance from the two teams.

Will Sunday’s match be a 1986-type final – energetic, surprising, memorable – or a 1990 final?

TIME’s Bill Saporito takes a look back at the rivalry between the countries.

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