If you don’t know already, a draw between the US and Germany would mean both teams advance to the knockout round of the World Cup, with Germany winning the group. This raises a lot of questions as to whether it is worth either team risking players and a potential, game-changing loss that could ruin advancement for Germany or the US (this of course being highly unlikely due to some goal differentials, but possible nonetheless).

So, before we even begin this discussion and people start wagging their fingers at me for attempting to stir up controversy, let’s just take a little look back on some of FIFA’s biggest conspiracy mishaps because, well, this is FIFA after all, and if you don’t think things like this happen, continue reading.

In the 1982 World Cup, West Germany and Austria found themselves in a similar situation. Each team entered the final game of group play knowing that a one goal win for West Germany would allow each team to advance to the knockout round. This, of course, meant that Algeria, who had played their final group game earlier, would be eliminated from the Cup. Sound familiar?

Just ten minutes into the match, West Germany scored and the remainder of the game was essentially a friendly match of kickball around the pitch. This of course was noticed by many, including the furious FIFA, and both teams were scrutinized for their lackluster efforts in the game. Shortly after this infamous incident, FIFA required all final games of group play to be held at the same time, with simultaneous kick-offs in hopes that it would prevent future mishaps.

And yet, here we find our very own US team in a very similar situation. Oh, and it just so happens that the two head coaches know each other quite well, with Jogi, the current German head coach, once working on Klinsmann’s staff when he once coached the German national team. The two men have expressed numerous times that while they are close friends, each of them has not had any contact with the other since the start of the tournament.

“There will be no such call. We are good friends but we are both here to do our jobs,” Klinsmann said. “There is no time right now to have friendship calls.”

The friendship and history between the two head coaches has already stirred up quite a few conspiracy theorists, and with the final group match coming down to both teams simply needing a point to advance, you can’t help but wonder what the two men are thinking.

Sure, maybe this is all a bunch of bulls**t, and you think there’s no way FIFA would let this happen … again. But it’s happened before, and that was between two teams with far less history together. Did you perhaps know that the US team is also stacked with several German-American players such as Jermaine Jones, Julian Green, Fabian Johnson, John Brooks (the only US substitute to score a World Cup goal) and Timmy Chandler.

Both teams undoubtedly want to have a good showing at this year’s World Cup, including the players and coaches, so there could very well be nothing going on here. With that said, you can’t help but wonder what the teams are thinking. We will only know when these two face each other tomorrow on the field for a thrilling clash, or a 90-minute game of pass-the-ball-around-and-play-it-safe.