Best: Winners 1954, 1974, and 1990. (Well, West Germany anyways)
Group: G (vs Portugal, Ghana & USA)
Coach: Joachim Low
Back in the 2010 World Cup, with youngsters like Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Mueller making their World Cup debut, nobody expected them to lift the trophy. In fact, I thought they did well to make the semi’s. Now, 4 years later those “youn-uns” are in the prime of their careers and excelling at club levels. We’ve also seen a rise in Bundesliga popularity and success (think the all German Final Last season). I wonder if the German revival that began with Klinsman will bear fruit this year. Other than Spain, “Die Mannschaft” – as they are known – probably has the most star studded line up.
Man to Watch
Thomas Muller. The Best Young Player and the winner of the Golden Boot in World Cup 2010. The Bayern star is reportedly being scouted by van Gaal for his Manchester United next season. His ability to switch from Forward to attacking midfield with ease is simply phenomenal and will be crucial for Low, who is likely to deploy him as a false 9.
While Low has a rich midfield to choose from, we all know he is in short supply of out and out Strikers, believe it or not, he’s still running with Klose! (Shouldn’t he be retired by now?). Injury is another hassle for the Germans with Manuel Neuer banging up his shoulder in the German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund, so he’s still doubtful. Also, Mario Gomez and Lars Bender will both not be going to Brazil due to injury.
So Can they do it?
“The Mannschaft” certainly have the quality to make it. However, they have been drawn in the “Group of Death” and it will be no easy task. I do rate them to top their group. My prediction is a semi final finish.
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hanover)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Dortmund), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Friburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)