In my previous post, I wrote about the 3 of 7 reasons why Germany will win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Here are the final 4 reasons why I feel the European side will be crowned champions at next year’s FIFA World Cup.
With the World Cup Preliminaries up and running, Die Mannschaft have already proven to the world that they are a legitimate threat to the title in 2014.
With 4 games down and 6 to go, Germany lead UEFA’s Group C with 10 points, 3 ahead of second placed Sweden and 4 points clear of Ireland. They have scored 15 goals thus far and conceded 6, all adding up to a final record of 3 wins and 1 draw.
Germany’s 3 wins came fairly easily to them. The squad defeated the Faroe Islands with the score of 3-0 on 7 September, and recorded another victory against Austria at Vienna with the score for 2-1. Later in the year, on 12 October, Germany destroyed Ireland, who were playing on their home turf, with the score of 6-1.
Their last preliminary of 2012 was a slight upset for Germany, though. The Germans looked to have secured and easy victory against Sweden in Berlin, up 4-0 at the hour mark. Unfortunately for them, Sweden managed to make it 4-3 by the 76th minute, followed by an equalizer from Rasmus Elm late into stoppage time.
Despite their draw against Sweden, Germany has been doing a great job at these preliminaries. With a goal difference of +9 in just 4 games, the squad has shown everyone that they mean business.
Goalkeepers and Defense
Germany currently have 2 great options to put in the goal as they head closer to the World Cup in Brazil.
The first of these options is none other than 25 year old Manuel Neuer. Neuer is an exceptional diver and has fast reflexes. These traits helped Schalke 04 reach the semifinals of the Champions League in 2011 and (after his summer signing to the German Giants) Bayern reach the finals in 2012. In the 2010 World Cup, Neuer made 22 saves for Germany, pushing them all the way to win the 3rd place trophy.
Rene Adler, who is 6’3″ tall and 26 years old, is Germany’s second option as goalkeeper. He has been Bayer Leverkusen’s keeper for over 8 years, and was supposed to by the team’s first choice striker before a rib injury kept him off the pitch in the 2010 World Cup.
Germany also has a very strong back line, consisting of players like Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Mat Hummels, and Per Mertesacker. Aside from Lahm, Germany’s captain, all these defenders are over 6 feet tall, making it very hard for players to make crosses and creating a huge wall to block the opposition.
Joachim Low has coached Die Mannschaft since Jurgen Klinsmann’s decision not to renew his contract after their semifinal loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup.
Low has been a great coach, bringing in new tactics and introducing new styles to advance their performance on the pitch. As a result, the squad has been doing much better under Low’s leadership and training.
Such tactics destroyed teams like Argentina and England in the 2010 World Cup. Their attacking style has improved drastically, making them harder to stop and faster, while their defense has been doing a much better job keeping the ball out of the net.
Low will likely bring even more of these new styles of play to the squad as they head for Brazil in 2014, and with every training session, the European side continues to get stronger and stronger.
Winning-Mentality and Perseverance
Without a doubt, the Germans do great in almost every game they play, racking up as many goals as possible. When they enter the field, the don’t just come to play a nice, friendly match: they come to win.
All players on the squad are extremely proud of their country, and all fans of Germany have pride in their players, a mix bound to create Champions.
As I’ve mentioned before, Germany is known for their innovative tactics and consistency at penalties. In addition to that, the squad will never give up on anything they go at, no matter how far and how hard it is to reach that goal. Even 2 goals down with 1 minute to go, they will do whatever is humanly possible to score at least a single goal before the final whistle.
In conclusion, Germany’s squad has developed significantly over the past few years, and skill as well as their determination will see them win the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.