Germany - World Cup Preview
History in the World Cup
Germany have dominated this competition in...well, all of it's history. The defending Champions have won the competition 4 times; have played every World Cup, except '38 & '50, and only failed to finish below the Quarter-finals twice. One thing is clear - they will not want to give this trophy back.
Germany have lost their last two games - 2-1 in Austria and 1-0 to Brazil in Berlin, but, prior to that, they were unbeaten since losing to France in Euro '16. The funny thing is, Germany regularly experiment with their squad. They strolled to success in last summer's Confederations Cup, as they were expected to, but, the fact that they did it with a host of players who aren't even in the World Cup squad is a testament to their depth. This team is ruthless; they're the kind that will crush dreams and steal candy from children.
Manager: Joachim Loew
Goalkeeper: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule, Jonathan Tah
Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy
Forwards: Julian Brandt, Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Nils Petersen, Leroy Sane , Timo Werner
Thomas Muller is just 28 years old and in the peak of his career. Let that sink in. It's almost been a decade since he won the World Cup Golden Boot in South Africa and followed that up with a Silver Boot in Brazil. Germany will most likely make the final and I'd bet my house (if I had one) on him getting at least 5. He's had a quiet couple of seasons for Bayern, but the rest of the group is mediocre. Germany will punish the other teams and Mr. Raumdeuter will bag a bunch of goals and trophy or two.
FIFA : Current - 1
Highest - 1
ELO : Current - 2
Highest - 1
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