World Cup Profiles – Group G: Germany

8 Jun

germanyAnother team that romped to the top of their group in qualifying, Germany is going to be a tough opponent in the Group of Death.

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Alright, I’ll be honest. I’ve dreaded talking about a lot of the “big” teams due to the number of huge stars a lot of them contain and, with it, the huge emotions we all feel toward them. But I’ve dreaded none of them more than Germany. I have a million different reasons, but we’ll save that for another time.

Brazil 2014 will see Germany’s 18th World Cup (they played as West and East Germany from 1952 until 1990). They’ve reached the final a whopping 7 times and won it 3 of those times. Their most recent final was 2002 where they lost to Brazil. However excellent performances in 2010 and 2006 saw them come in 3rd in both tournaments.

This year they’ve been drawn in the “group of death.” But that depends on how you look at it. Germany are expected to come out on top of the group, so for them it shouldn’t be too bad. For the other three nations, it will be a fight to the death.

Striker Miroslav Klose will be looking to beat Ronaldo’s (original recipe) record of 15 World Cup goals. He needs only two more to do so. For my money (and my broken heart. I’m a huge Ronaldo fangirl) he’ll succeed in at least equaling.

In the past (not counting 2010) Germany was always a strong, defensive squad. They have become a lot more attacking, however. Their midfield is phenomenal. They’re also young. They have the advantage of being likely to keep this midfield for another World Cup (at least).

If I had to pinpoint something that other squads can take advantage of? I’d go with them not being 100% in the back. Phillip Lahm is definitely an anchor, and the rest of the defense is good, but they look a bit disorganized at times. They may have scored the most goals of the UEFA teams in qualifying, but they also let in the most goals. For me, having Sami “Carrier of our Headband Dreams” Khedira completely fit and able to fill that holding midfield role is crucial.

Watch for: Again who do you pick? Mesut Ozil was their standout in 2010 (as if we didn’t know that). There are a number of players that the world as a whole may not be familiar with now but will be soon. Erik Durm and Julian Draxler come to mind immediately. But Andre Schurrle came up fairly big in qualifying and may be just that extra push that Germany needs going forward.

Germany squad

Head Coach: Joachim Löw (Germany)

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), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)

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

For additional information on Germany, including World Cup 2014 match schedule & history check out these links.

– mygypsyspirit

5 Responses to “World Cup Profiles – Group G: Germany”

  1. cy (@meridiansour) June 8, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

    Saddest of news, Marco Reus tore his ankle in the friendly against Armenia and now he’ll be out of the world cup. Shkodran Mustafi of all players was called up in his stead which baffles my mind because he kind of came out of nowhere. There are other defenders out there, or even Jonas Hoffman could’ve covered Marco…

    • headbandsandheartbreak June 8, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

      Yeah, heard about Marco. I was so bummed. Hadn’t heard that Mustafi replaced him. He’s back!

  2. jellyace June 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Aw, gee, no hotness factor from Mario Gomez…

  3. hopechaser June 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm #

    They are going to need Neuer to have razor sharp focus too. When he is on, he is astounding. But he can crumble at the oddest times which leaves them additionally vulnerable at the back. Muller had a great 2010 WC but has faded since; maybe he’ll pop up again.

    • Anonymous June 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm #

      I’m looking for Podolski to show up too

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