It is the scenario Brazil had always feared -- the $11 billion party where the neighbors come round and trash your newly spruced up home.
Anybody but Argentina, that is the message which is heard loudest in Brazil ahead of Sunday's final against Germany in Rio de Janeiro at the Maracana stadium.
Not since 1986 has Argentina triumphed in the World Cup, but that wait could be over should Lionel Messi and co. see off the Germans.
Brazil was humiliated by Germany 7-1 in the semifinal -- but an Argentine World Cup final victory might just trump that as an exercise in despair.
After defeating the Netherlands on penalties, Argentina is targeting its a third World Cup win after reaching its fifth final.
In 1978, Argentina, which hosted the tournament, defeated the Netherlands 3-1 after extra time in the final in Buenos Aires to spark spectacular scenes of celebration.
Mario Kempes was the hero, scoring twice against a Dutch side which had lost at the same stage four years earlier against the Germans.
Eight years later, Argentina, led by Diego Maradona, reached the final once again where West Gemany was the opposition.
In a tight game, Maradona's wonderful pass released Jorge Burruchaga to fire home a dramatic 84th minute winner as Argentina prevailed 3-2.
The Germans side, coached by Franz Beckenbauer, got its revenge four years late when it won 1-0 in the final at Italy 1990.
Andreas Brehme's late penalty won a game marred by Argentina's ill-discipline and the sending off of two of its players.
Maradona, who was then playing at Italian club side Napoli, was left in tears as the Germans danced on the field of Rome's Olympic Stadium with the trophy it had so badly coveted for a third time.
It would be 20 years until the two teams met again in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Maradona, in his role as coach, watched on in horror as his side was thrashed 4-0 and star player Lionel Messi failed to sparkle.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring with Miroslav Klose, now the World Cup's all-time leading goalscorer, adding two and Arne Friedrich the fourth.
It is Muller which Argentina will have to watch at the Maracana on Sunday with the Bayern Munich star enjoying another impressive tournament.
The 24-year-old has already scored five goals in Brazil and is one away from joining Colombia's James Rodriguez as the top scorer on six.
Germany, which was beaten in the semifinals in 2006 and 2010, last reached the final in 2002 where it was beaten by Brazil.
"We've got to give our all on Sunday," Klose told reporters. "I know how it feels to lose a final. I want to lift that trophy into the air."
Many of this current crop have grown up together with the likes of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, midfielders Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil all progressing from the youth setup.
Six of the team which won the European Under-21 Championships in 2009 are set to start against Argentina with Benedikt Howedes, Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels all in the defense.
While Joachim Low's side produced a spectacular performance to dismantle Brazil, it has not had a particularly easy ride to the final.
After thrashing Portugal 4-0 in the opening fixture, it was forced to come from behind to secure a 2-2 draw against Ghana.
A nervy 1-0 win over the USA ensured it finished top of Group G and booked a last-16 tie against Algeria.
While Germany was widely expected to win, it was only after extra time that it managed to find a breakthrough.