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As Brazil and Germany prepare to do battle in their World Cup semifinal Tuesday, old stereotypes of both countries' football philosophies are being rewritten.Amazingly for two World Cup powerhouses with 24 semifinal appearances, this will be just their second meeting in the competition after the 2002 final. Back then a rugged German side that battled its way to the final with a series of 1-0 wins on the back of the best goalkeeper in the tournament, Oliver Kahn, faced a Brazil side containing a magical front three of Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo. Since committing to attack when hosting the event in 2006, Germany have scored 40 goals in the last three World Cups helping them a record run of four consecutive semifinals.Defeat in the final of 2002 World Cup was followed by semifinal defeats in 2006 and 2010 .
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