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World Cup: Germany vs. USA - Friends and rivals

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The US and Germany will go head-to-head at the World Cup Thursday.

With both sides even with four points, a draw would see them both through.

Team USA faces a tough opponent in the final group match. Germany is ranked second in the world, a roster filled with stars.

But both teams only need a tie to advance to the next round.

And the coaches - Juergen Klinsmann for the US and Joachim Loew of the German squad - are old pals.

Still, Klinsmann shot down rumors the two might conspire, to make sure the game ends in a draw.

We think alike. We come from the same region in southern Germany. And we always stay in contact. Now to this World Cup, obviously, everybody is doing the best he can do," Joachim Loew, Team Germany Coach said.

Klinsmann was Loew's boss leading Germany's national team in the 2006 World Cup.

Together they introduced new training methods, many hailed as revolutionary.

Methods Klinsmann brought to Team USA when he took over the head-coaching job in 2011.

"Our relationship as always been great over the years. Germany's coach Joachim loew said. We worked together very closely, we trust each other, we complimented each other well. That friendship will not suffer," Juergen Klinsmann, the Team USA Coach said.

But even though they are very close - it doesn't mean they operate the same way.

Juergen Klinsmann and Joachim Loew are very good friends, but they have very different coaching styles.

On the one hand you have the great motivator Klinsmann, on the other side Loew is more reserved, a cool tactician. But both of them say, they are on this game to win."

Team USA certainly has the Germans' respect - with their physical and passionate play.

"We know how dangerous team USA can be if we only play at 90 per cent and not take them seriously," said German player Mesut Oezil, "But if we focus on our game and do what the coach says, we will beat the US."

Germany against the USA is a match with many powerful story lines: David versus Goliath, the master against the apprentice, passion and determination versus skill and precision.

A game that has all the ingredients of an exciting football fest.

Are you watching the game Today? What do you think the score will be?


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