It's heating up as world cup fever comes to a peak

  • Germany's Toni Kroos celebrates scoring his side's fourth goal: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

    Lionel Messi: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

    Argentina's Lionel Messi (right) battles for the ball with Netherland's Daley Blind (left): Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

    Bastian Schweinsteiger: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

  • It's heating up as world cup fever comes to a peak
    12.07.2014 14:58

    The competition which has been ongoing over the last three weeks is coming to its dramatic conclusion. There are just two games left to sort the order of the top 4 teams in the world.

    Odds on favourites Germany will play Argentina in the final on Sunday. The Germans will be quietly confident after dispatching Brazil in such easy fashion, a game that will be remembered for some time to come. However, although the Argentineans may not have the well oiled ruthlessly efficient team that Germany has they do have flare and passion, something which is abundant in one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi. Can one man stop the machine which is German football?, only time will tell. Saturday evenings match is a game to restore pride for one of two teams which have been unceremoniously dumped out of the competition. Brazil definitely have something to prove after their 7-1 drubbing.

    The runner up match will kick of at 21:00 tonight or 17:00 local time in the imposing Estadio Nacional in Brasilia. The arena can hold 69,349 spectators, making it the second largest of the stadiums used in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The match will be played in dry weather with spells of sunshine and patchy cloud. There will be highs of 24 Celsius with a relative humidity of 45% which will increase to 65% during the match. This should be a welcome relief for Holland who played in almost 100 % humidity and high temperatures in their last match. Gentle south-easterly winds should help cool players enough to create a high paced game.

    The final will be played in the Maracana stadium at 20:00 UK or 16:00 local time,. This will help avoid the highest temperatures of the day at 26celcius, and instead players can expect a warm 22 Celsius. The Rio de Janerio stadium has hosted the most games in this year’s World Cup and is the largest stadium. Originally the stadium packed in crowds of  200,000 and was the largest in the world but has been reduced in capacity to 74,738 for this years event.  It will be a dry match with spells of sunshine and fair weather cloud. The humidity will rise slightly during the match from 69% to 75% but this probably won’t affect the players to much, as the adrenaline kicks in and they fight to hold the World Cup.

    For spectators in the UK tonight’s match will be one to watch inside as rain already in western areas will spread into most places during the evening. The rain will clear from western areas by dawn to leave showers.

    On Sunday following a cloudy and damp start for many, rain will gradually ease from eastern areas to allow some brightness to develop during the afternoon. However, the rain may linger across East Anglia for much of the day. Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the rest of England will see early cloud and showery rain clear away to the east, leading to a much drier afternoon with increasing amounts of sunshine, perfect for a late BBQ and beer for the last game.

    By: John Griffiths