Buenos Aires: Holding its breath for a third World Cup title, Argentina is ramping up preparations for a massive party, closing streets and setting up giant screens across the country. (Argentina, Germany Start Final Tuning)
Sunday's final against Germany is the most important match in the football-mad nation's recent history, and Argentines could speak of little else as they did their last-minute party shopping and went through their pre-game rituals. (Will Messi Triumph vs Germany?)
"Out of superstition, I'm going to wear a shirt that I haven't washed since the World Cup started and that I've worn for every match since we kicked off against Bosnia," said Martin Gonzalez, a 35-year-old engineer, as he bought beer in Buenos Aires's upscale Palermo neighborhood.