Joachim Low: We can rewrite history
Joachim Low wants Germany to make history in the World Cup final on Sunday and then dominate world football for many years to come.
After their 7-1 demolition of Brazil in the semifinal, Die Nationalmannschaft are favourites to beat Argentina and win the tournament in Rio de Janeiro.
If Germany are successful, it will be fourth time they have won the famous trophy -- but it will be the only occasion they have triumphed on South American soil.
Indeed, no European nation has won the tournament on this continent in four attempts: Czechoslovakia and Netherlands reached the final in 1962 and 1978 respectively, but Low hopes his team can go one better at the Maracana this weekend.
"In the past we never had this, so we know we can write history," the Germany coach told a pregame news conference on the eve of the final.
"Latin Americans, on this continent, have dominated all the time. So why can we not be the first? This could be considered an additional joy for us if we were to win as Europeans on Latin American soil."
The methodical way in which Germany ripped Brazil apart in the semifinals sent shockwaves through world football: Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira were all outstanding -- as was 23-year-old Andre Schurrle, who came off the bench to score a fine brace.
With an average age of 26, this German squad is the sixth youngest in Brazil -- and if they win again to lift the trophy on Sunday, Low is convinced it will not be the last time his players do so.
Just as Spain did when they won three successive major trophies, starting with Euro 2008, Low thinks the potential is there for Germany to dominate world football.
"We have players right now who are playing at their peak, but we have young players also in the squad and others who aren't even here," Low added.
"We have players with a fantastic future: [Ilkay] Gundogan, [Marco] Reus, [Mesut] Ozil, Schurrle, Muller... they can go on to play for a number of years.
"We can play on top of the world for a good few years yet, with some young players coming in to reinforce the team."