Placed in Group G with Portugal, Ghana and USA, Germanyare most certain to top the group. The team is bubbling with talented youngsters and veterans.
Joachim Löw is one of the most respected managers in the world at the present moment. He took Germany to the Euro 2008 final, and the semi finals of World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012. Germany has been consistent under Löw,winning 70 out of the 102 games he has been in charge of. He would be hoping to win some silverware with the team and this year the Germans look pretty promising.
Goal-Keepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-André ter Stegen, Rene Adler
Defenders: Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Jérôme Boateng, Marcel Schmelzer, Holger Badstuber, Mats Hummels
Midfielders: Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Sidney Sam, Sven Bender, Lars Bender
Attackers: Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez, André Schürrle
Germany has won the World Cup three times (1954,1974,1990), fewer than only Brazil (five titles) and Italy (four titles). They have finished as runners-up four times. In terms of semifinal appearances, Germany leads with 12, two more than Brazil’s 10, who had participated in two more tournaments. In the last 15 World Cup tournaments, Germany has always reached at least the stage of the last eight teams. Germany has also qualified for every of the 17 World Cups it has entered – it did not enter the inaugural competition in Uruguay of 1930 for economic reasons, and could not qualify for or compete in the post-war 1950 World Cup as the DFB was reinstated as a FIFA member only two months after this tournament. Among the last three, Germany are the runners up of 2002 and secured the third place in both 2006 and 2010.
Players to look out for:
1. Bastian Schweinsteiger: One of the most dependable midfielders in the German squad, he is the brain of the team. Dubbed the “Midfield Motor” for his energy, he is also a great reader of the game and has the ability to shoot at target from distance. He has thrived in his new role and uses his passing and tackling to great effect in initiating attacks and dictating play.
2. Marco Reus: He is known for his technicality, speed and versatility. One of the most skilled players at the moment, he can go past defenders with ease and he’s also a sharpshooter! He is poised to make a big impact in this year’s tournament.
3. Philipp Lahm: The captain of Deutschland, is considered one of the best fullbacks in the history of football. Nicknamed the “Magic Dwarf” for his small stature, he is known for his pace, dribbling and precise tackling abilities.
Germany can either go with a 4-2-3-1 formation or a false nine depending on the situation. On a 4-2-3-1 formation the attack will most probably be led by Mario Gomez. One of the holding midfield role will obviously be played by Schweinsteiger. And if Germany go for a false nine, they have Müller, Schürrle and a host of attacking players to play an advanced role.
Strengths and Weaknesses:
The strength of the German team is their vibrant midfield. Work-rate and technical ability are vital, but the physical aspect is there too. And along with that, energy, organisation and structure are the pillars of this team. And of course there is the ‘never say die’ attitude that you would always associate with the Germans. The major weakness of the team is that apart from a few veterans the average age of the team is around 23. Lack of experience in big tournaments is going to be a major factor but if they can hold their nerves there’s no stopping the Germans. Also injury to İlkay Gündoğan, one of the most skilled playmakers, might be an issue.
They are most certain to top their group and qualify easily for the knockout stages. With such talent in their ranks, reaching the semi finals would be a legitimate expectation. After that if they can hold their nerve and play to their potential, this team has the ability to emerge champions!