Coach Bert van Marwijk admitted after his team saw off Uruguay 3-2 that beating the Germans would make victory even sweeter.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I remember the match in 1974 very well,Ã¢â‚¬Â said van Marwijk.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I was still playing back then and we played a wonderful game against Germany, but we lost that game when we should have won it.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We played well and we had a unique generation. Johan Cruyff was the best footballer I ever saw.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The rivalry between the two sides is one of the most intense in European football.
Johan CruyffÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s famous 1974 Ã¢â‚¬Ëœtotal footballÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ team were favourites to beat their West German neighbours when they met in Munich.
Cruyff was brought down for a penality, converted by Johan Neeskens inside the opening minute, but Franz BeckenbauerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Germany recovered to win 2-1.
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