After administering one of the most savage hammerings in World Cup history against Brazil there will be those for whom a 7/10-rated fourth Germany triumph in the tournament decider is a formality.
However, the competition’s annals are stuffed to the gills with watershed hidings rendered meaningless by their progenitors’ failure to go on to land the trophy.
Here are seven such stuffings to have Die Mannschaft diehards fingering their rosaries ahead of the World Cup final.
Germany 4 Argentina 0 – Quarter-Finals 2010
Joachim Low’s men have previous in the boom and bust department; exiting at Spanish hands in the wake of their last eight stroll.
You’d think they’d have learned from the group stages, when, sated from the excesses of a 4-0 win over Australia, they were beaten 0-1 by Serbia next time out.
Argentina 6 Serbia 0 – First round 2006
In a game remembered for the 25 consecutive passes that preceded Esteban Cambiasso’s goal, the Albiceleste sent a shuddersome warning to their opponents.
They didn’t win another game inside 90 minutes, going out on penalties in the quarters.
Germany 8 Saudi Arabia 0 – First round 2002
Miroslav Klose aught to send Saudi stopper Mohammed Al-Deayea a hamper after breaking the World Cup scoring record, so inept was the 176-cap gloveman’s work.
Once again der Nationalelf were unable to follow up, drawing 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland and ultimately losing in the final.
Hungary 10 El Salvador 1 – First round 1982
The Magyars must have been dreaming of glory after a double-figure demolition in their opening game, instead they failed to escape their group.
West Germany 6 Mexico 0 – First round 1978
This is getting ominous now Germans…
Having dispensed with El Tri, Die Mannschaft drew 0-0 with Tunisia in their next outing en route to a second-round elimination.
Yugoslavia 9 Zaire 0 – First round 1974
Plavi netted no more than once in their subsequent four games in West Germany, dropping out bottom in the second group stage.