The Nationalmannschaft will be seen as one of the main favourites for the World Cup this summer. With a mix of exciting young talent and experienced players in their squad they are very much a team to fear. In their last two International tournaments, they have fallen at the semi final stage, first against Spain in South Africa and then against Italy at Euro 2012, whilst they reached the final of Euro 2008, only to lose to a single goal from Spain’s Fernando Torres. Joachim Low will hope to reach the final this time around and cement his place in German footballing history.
Germany’s World Cup (provisional) squad below
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Großkreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg).
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
Manager: Joachim Low
With a strong pool of players for Low to pick from Germany have plenty to look forward to in this World Cup tournament. With the core coming from Bayern Munich, including captain Philipp Lahm, familiarity between the players should be of no issue. With exciting youngsters such as Julian Draxler, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus added to older heads, Per Mertesacker, Mirsolav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Germany have the perfect balance for a side looking to win their first World Cup since 1990.
Champions? Quite possibly. They are certainly one of my favourite teams to watch and I see no reason why they can’t leave Brazil victorious this summer. Much has been made of the climate in Brazil, but I don’t see this affecting this German side. They should breeze their group with the only potential hiccup possiblyarising from Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal side. Plenty of their younger players are already experienced campaigners having featured in the 2010 tournament, Ozil, Kroos, Muller and Khedira were all present in South Africa.
Expect to see this German side in the final four, at the very least.