Dirk Nowitzki, the German forward who led the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA title, delights home audience with German grit, American glamour.
Today's Spain vs. Germany semifinal match may come down to a midfield battle between Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Spain's midfield maestro, Xavi.
Exuberant Argentine fans drowned out the vuvuzelas at the beginning of today's Germany vs Argentina quarterfinal in Cape Town, but it was German fans who left the match celebrating after a 4-0 goal fest.
Germany thumped Argentina 4-0. The Europeans put on a master class of organization and tactical astuteness to overcome a team that could not make its individual brilliance count.
Germany vs Argentina is at 10 am ET on Saturday, July 3. Germany is favored because of Argentina's poor coaching, weak defense, and tendency to underperform at the World Cup.
The German soccer federation announced Monday that national team captain and star midfielder Michael Ballack will miss next month's World Cup 2010 due to an ankle injury.