Currently, these two football giants (six World Cups together) are following parallel paths, Joachim Löw for Germany and Lionel Scaloni for Argentina have embarked on a vast operation of renewal cadres.
Germany: without the heroes of 2014
On the German side, none of the heroes of 2014 (Brazil's 7-1 winners in the semifinals) should hold on Wednesday.
Since the Russian Berezina, Löw has cut heads, sometimes unceremoniously: In less than a year, Özil, Khedira, Müller, Boateng or Hummels have lost their place.
The only survivors of the Brazilian adventure are Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos. But the Bayern goalkeeper will leave Wednesday for Marc-André ter Stegen. And the Real Madrid midfielder is out of injury. Julian Draxler and Matthias Ginter, substitutes in Brazil, are also unavailable.
Long criticized for his conservatism and his blind loyalty to his old grunts, Joachim Löw, faced with the bad results, ended up giving a new generation a chance. The stars of tomorrow are from an exceptional vintage 1995/96: Bayern Munich defenders Joshua Kimmich and Niklas Süle, as well as their untenable teammate Serge Gnabry, are the most prominent, with Leroy Sané, the flamboyant Manchester striker City currently injured.
Against Argentina, however, the team will be deprived of twelve players now regularly called, including scorer Leipzig Timo Werner and Parisian Thilo Kehrer.
Argentina: "We are a team"
Marco Rojo, if he is tenured, will probably be the only participant of the 2014 final on the pitch in Dortmund. Albiceleste is also involved in a process of almost total renovation.
But unlike Germany, which has entrusted the task to his historic coach, Argentina relies on Lionel Scaloni, who has never coached nor selection or even first division team.
The technician, however, received the Lionel Messi dubbing: "He has clear ideas and he knows how to transmit them, he is easy to understand (…) and knows how to manage the players".
Wednesday, the fivefold gold ball will not be on the ground, suspended until early November after his hostile remarks to the Conmebol during the Copa America. And like Löw, Scaloni will have to do without several executives: the players of River and Boca, who play the semifinals of the Copa Libertadores, stayed with their clubs, and the middle of Racing Matia Zaracho, one of the young talents of the team, injured.
The bearers of the future are Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Matias "Monito" Vargas (Espanyol Barcelona) or Lautaro Martinez (Inter). They will probably be coached in Dortmund by "old" Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City), Angel Correa (Atletico) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).
Beyond the renewal of men, the main thing for Scaloni is to give back to his group a collective spirit that seems to have missed him a lot since the 2014 World Cup. "We give the feeling that we are a team, it is important, "he says," everyone is ready to give his life for his teammates and to play in this selection ".
A simulation of "World Final" can only add to the motivation of this young guard.