- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014

PORTO SEGURO, Brazil (AP) - Here is a look at Germany’s likely starters and substitutes for the World Cup final against Argentina on Sunday at the Maracana.

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Manuel Neuer - One of the best goalkeeper in the World Cup. Saved Germany from an embarrassment against Algeria, and protected the quarterfinal win over France with late save. Neuer has cat-like reflexes and will run far off the line if necessary. Hardly tested against Brazil.

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Philipp Lahm - Germany’s captain has returned to his natural position as right back and the defense has played with much more authority since then. Probably one of the best defenders in his position. Lahm likes to come forward and can score, sends useful crosses from the right and makes few mistakes.

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Mats Hummels - Has been a rock at the center of defense, holding the back four together. Hummels not only defends but can also score. Ventures forward on free kicks and corners and has scored twice, including the winner against France. Hard to beat in the air.

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Jerome Boateng - Not the fastest of defenders but a huge physical presence. Boateng does not shy away from one-on-one situations but can be beaten under pressure. Like all Germany defenders, he is big and good in the air.

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Benedikt Hoewedes - Trained as a center back, Hoewedes was surprisingly picked to play out of position at left back when coach Joachim Loew was looking for a solution for the weak spot on the team. Has done well and will likely be the one dealing with Lionel Messi in the final. Does not provide much support in the attack, and sticks with defending duties. Along with Lahm and Neuer, the only German to have played every minute in Brazil.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger - One of Germany’s key players. The midfielder in front of the defense sets the pace of Germany’s game, winning the ball and setting counterattacks in motion. Started the tournament on the bench due to fitness issues but is now back in the starting lineup.

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Sami Khedira - Like Schweinsteiger, Khedira took time to get into the tournament after missing six months with a knee injury. Has improved from game to game and played his best match in the 7-1 win over Brazil, scoring a goal. A big physical presence in the midfield with leadership qualities.

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