Germany : Team Preview – FIFA 2014 World Cup @TheRoyaleIndia

Germany : Team Preview – FIFA 2014 World Cup

June 22, 2014 496 0 0

Coach:Joachim Loew

FIFA rank:2

Formation:4-2-3-1

World Cup History: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990), Runners up (1966, 1982, 1986, 2002), Quarterfinals (1962, 1994, 1998)

Germany topped Group C with an unbeaten record, sealing automatic qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ with nine victories from ten fixtures. Furthermore, Coach Joachim Low’s charges hit 36 goals along the way, the most of any side in European zone qualifying.

They now head to Brazil aiming to end their 24-year wait for a fourth World Cup title, plenty sick of finishing third. Consecutive semi-final defeats have led to Germany taking bronze at both of the last two World Cups. It is 12 years since the Germans lost the 2002 final to Brazil in Yokohama, Japan.

History at the World Cup

Germany first qualified for the World Cup in 1934 where they finished 3rd. They were also part of the 1938 edition where they crashed out in the first round. Following a spell on the sidelines, due to the Nazi regime, the disaster of the World War and the subsequent partition, they qualified for the 1954 edition of the World Cup as West Germany. They finished as winners of that tournament, defeating Hungary in the final after having lost the group match against Hungary 3-8 (hence the name ‘Miracle of Bern’).

Their second success at the grand stage came 20 years later in 1974 where they lost only 1 match (ironically against East Germany in the group stage) en route to the title. Having finished runners up twice in 1982 and 1986, they finally claimed a 3rd World Cup in 1990. This edition would be remembered as one of their best performances as they were undefeated throughout the tournament.

Squad

The squad is absolutely crammed with a class. Loew can choose from combination of thoroughbred, experienced winners and some of the world’s top young talents. The result is a team that has developed a fearsome reputation and a rightful tag as one of the favourites to win a fourth World Cup.

Marco Reus has suffered a ligament tear in the recent encounter with Armenia which ruled him out of the World Cup. Loss of Reus would be a big blow for Loew who is still trying to balance the squad in all terms.

Sami Khedira is usually Bastian Schweinsteiger’s primary companion in the middle of the field, but he is set to miss the majority of this season through injury. But Toni Kroos, Lars Bender or Sven Bender are more than capable replacements if the Real Madrid man is not up to speed.

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).

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer(Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).

Manager : Joachim Loew

Joachim Loew @TheRoyaleIndia

Manager Loew is now approaching his tenth year in charge of Die Mannschaft. Despite having overseen the recent renaissance in German football, there are quiet murmurings emerging that suggest it is about time Loew won something with this marvellous crop of footballers.

There is still plenty of room for improvement. The 4-4 draw with Sweden in Berlin is a painful memory, especially after Germany had led 4-0 lead.

We still have work to do before the World Cup,” commented Low. “I see two main areas to focus on: we need to stabilise both our defence and our play in the final third.”

Player to watch out for: Thomas Muller

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The Bayern Munich man can play anywhere across the frontline and has an incredible knack of scoring hugely important goals at vital times.

He was drafted in as a late starter in the last Word Cup, replacing the injured Michael Ballack. Having netted in the first group game, Muller scored twice against England in the last 16 and bagged the opener against Argentina in the quarterfinal. The Bayern man missed out on the semi-final after suspension, but went on to score again in the third place playoff against Uruguay.

Muller won the Golden Boot and the award for best young player at the tournament. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength for club and country.

Best starting XI

Selecting a starting XI from a squad which is as talented as the German national team would be manager’s dream as well as nightmare. However, keeping in mind Loew’s philosophy and tactics he might end up choosing a team that would be a perfect mix of experience and youth.

Goalkeeper – Manuel Neuer

Defenders – Phillip Lahm, Per Metesacker, Mats Humels, Jerome Boateng

Defensive Midfielders/Pivot – Tony Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger

Attacking Midfield – Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus

Forward – Miroslav Klose

Prediction

Germany is placed in Group G, along with Portugal, Ghana and USA. While not an easy group, they should be confident they have more than enough to take two victories at least, and probably go unbeaten overall.

It promises to be tough run of fixtures and things could get steamy in Group G, with an emotional encounter between Jurgen Klinsmann led USA and Loew’s Germany. Portugal and USA will be the two fixtures that might create some problems for Germany and if they escape it unscathed they should more or less qualify.

Germany is billed as one of the favourites because of their impressive qualifying campaign, previous performances and a great squad filled with talented players. Miroslav Klose is also bidding to be the all time record scorer in World Cups and I see him as being the surprise package in the tournament.

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