FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi-Finals: Brazil vs Germany, Netherlands vs Argentina

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FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi-Finals matches have been determined after the 2-day quarter-finals wrapped up earlier. The 2014 World Cup semifinals are going to be Brazil vs Germany and the Netherlands vs Argentina. Which teams will make it to the World Cup 2014 Finals? Your predictions?

Let's get to know each of the 4 semi-finalists this FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

First off, the host team BRAZIL. This 5-time World Cup champion earned the semi-final slot after beating Colombia, 2-1, during the quarter-finals. Sadly though, their superstar player and leading goalscorer Neymar was injured in their last game, thus he won't be playing any further in the whole tournament. Will this affect their chances to appear in the finals again for the 8th time?

FIFA RANKING: 3rd
# OF WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCE: 11
# OF WORLD CUP FINAL APPEARANCE: 7
HIGHEST PLACEMENT IN WORLD CUP: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
# OF 2014 WORLD CUP GOALS SO FAR: 10
LEADING SCORER AT 2014 WORLD CUP: Neymar (4 goals)

Next up is GERMANY, the 3rd Placer in the last 2 editions of the World Cup. It's now their 4th consecutive semi-finals appearance. Will they advance to the finals and emerge as Champions for the 4th time?

FIFA RANKING: 2nd
# OF WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCE: 13
# OF WORLD CUP FINAL APPEARANCE: 7
HIGHEST PLACEMENT IN WORLD CUP: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990)
# OF 2014 WORLD CUP GOALS SO FAR: 10
LEADING SCORER AT 2014 WORLD CUP: Thomas Muller (4 goals)

Another semi-finalist is Lionel Messi's team, ARGENTINA. It's been more than 2 decades ago when they made it as a semi-finalist. The last time was in 1990, when they finished as runners-up. Will they match or surpass that this 2014?

FIFA RANKING: 5th
# OF WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCE: 5
# OF WORLD CUP FINAL APPEARANCE: 4
HIGHEST PLACEMENT IN WORLD CUP: Champions (1978, 1986)
3 OF 2014 WORLD CUP GOALS SO FAR: 7
LEADING SCORER AT 2014 WORLD CUP: Lionel Messi (4 goals)

And finally, the last to earn a semi-final slot is 2010 World Cup runner-up, the NETHERLANDS, after a very tight match vs Costa Rica, which they won in penalties, 4-3. The team actually finished as Runner-Up in World Cup 3 times already, but never a champion. Will 2014 finally be their year? If basing on the most goals scored so far this year among these 4 semi-finalists, the Netherlands is already the winner.

FIFA RANKING: 15th
# OF WORLD CUP SEMI-FINAL APPEARANCE: 5
# OF WORLD CUP FINAL APPEARANCE: 3
HIGHEST PLACEMENT IN WORLD CUP: Runners-Up (1974, 1978, 2010)
# OF 2014 WORLD CUP GOALS SO FAR: 12
LEADING SCORERS AT 2014 WORLD CUP: Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben (3 goals each)

The FIFA World Cup 2014 Semi-Finals, as per schedule, will be on July 8 and 9 (early morning July 9 and 10 MLA Time).

Can you predict which team will win in each semi-final match? Which do you think will be the match (or what match do you want) for the championship finals?

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