Loaded with high-quality talent, Germany looks primed to be one of the teams to beat. Although they are coming in with the number 2 ranking from FIFA, they are in one of the tougher groups. With Portugal, the United States, and Ghana all in Group G, Germany must be in solid form to advance in the top spot. They escaped their qualifying group with ease recording an unbeaten record and only one draw. Coach Joachim Low knows he can count on the attacking players to put up plenty of goals, while Manuel Neuer will keep the defense in check as their undisputed number 1 keeper. Germany hasn’t won the World Cup since 1990 in Italy and looks to use its balance of savvy veterans combined with youngsters. They have however came in third place in each of the last two tournaments. Again this year, Germany will be one of the favorites to lift the cup.
Players to Watch For
Mesut Ozil – One of the most entertaining players in the world to watch will be counted on to help lead the club. The former-Real Madrid midfielder is now 25-years-old. Having made the transfer to Arsenal this season, he has produced a solid season amounting 5 goals and 9 assists in 26 games. The world witnessed his talents at the last World Cup in South Africa. Now, in 2014, Ozil will attempt to use his excellent ball control and vision to send the ball on to the attacking players.
Thomas Muller – You can’t have a conversation about Germany and not talk about the phenomenal Bayern Munich striker. He is a versatile player and will allow Low the benefit of choosing where he shall line up in the front. His attacking and goal-scoring ability is among the best in the world and will need to make another impact like he did in 2010. Muller has been a critical player in Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 13 goals and nabbing 10 assists.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – Well look at that, another Bayern Munich star is crucial on the pitch for his home country as well. Having broke into the Bayern Munich first team as a youngster, Schweinsteiger has carried that into a memorable career with the German giant. The 29-year-old will operate in his normal midfield spot for Germany and serve as an option in various scenarios, including his specialty ability to get the ball in the box off set pieces.
Group Stage Games
June 16 vs. Portugal
June 21 vs. Ghana
June 26 vs. USA
Germany is a club I really like to make a deep run in this tournament. After coming close each of the past two World Cups, I am predicting them to ultimately lift the trophy this year behind the balanced lineup of attackers and defenseman. Look for captain Philipp Lahm to have the boys ready come Cup time.