World Cup 2018: Favourites Team Profile – GermanyJune 12, 2018
Nickname: Die Mannschaft
Best World Cup: Champions 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
Last World Cup: Champions, 2014
Odds To Win: 9/2 (Bet365)
How Did They Reach The World Cup?
The team ranked number one in the FIFA Rankings were placed in Group C, along with Northern Ireland, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino. Germany set new standards during their qualification phase, as they played 10, won 10, scored 43 goals and conceded only four.
Bayern Munich duo Thomas Muller and Sandro Wagner were among the top scorers of the group, finding the net on five occasions. Julian Draxler, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner also scored three goals apiece.
Unsurpisingly, the reigning world champions’ biggest wins during qualification came against minnows San Marino, beating them 8-0 in the tiny country before easing to a 7-0 victory in Nuremberg.
Joachim Low, a former attacking midfielder born in West Germany, started his managerial career in 1994, taking charge of FC Frauenfeld in Switzerland, before moving home to take charge of VFB Stuttgart.
Other clubs included Fenerbahce, Karlsruher SC, Adanaspor, Tirol Innsbruck and Austria Wien before moving into international management.
Low succeeded Jurgen Klinsmann as manager of Die Mannschaft in July 2006, and his first aim was to win Euro 2008.
Under his command, Germany have been within touching distance of winning trophies, having finished second in Euro 2008, following a 1-0 defeat against Spain), third at the 2010 World Cup and being eliminated at the semi-final stages at Euro 2012 and Euro 2016.
But Low won the ultimate prize four years ago, lifting the World Cup in Brazil and will be looking to become only the second coach to win it twice. Vittorio Pozzo won it with Italy in 1934 and 1938.
The Bayern Munich veteran can turn on the style when it comes to major tournaments.
Muller made his debut for Die Mannschaft in a 1-0 loss against Argentina in March 2010 at the Allianz Arena.
Yet, he was still named in Low’s 23-man squad for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. He ended the tournament as joint-highest goal-scorer with five goals, as well as picking up three assists, which won him the Golden Boot. He also won the Young Player of the Tournament award.
During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, he scored Germany’s 2,000th goal in the 7-1 victory over Brazil.
So far, Muller has scored at least 5 goals in each of the World Cups in which he has featured. Only two other players have done this before, Teofilo Cubillas and Miroslav Klose.
Timo Werner has come off the back of a great season playing for Red Bull Leipzig in the Bundesliga in Germany.
The 22-year-old found the net 13 times in 32 games for RB Leipzig and he has also contributed in their Europa and Champions League exploits, scoring nine in the continental tournaments.
Werner has shown his ability as a versatile player, as he can play on both wings, as well as a natural centre-forward. With his lightning pace, he will threaten any defence.
Chances of Spain playing Germany
Mathematically, the only time where Spain could face Germany is in the final, as they are on separate sides of every seed.
However, with both sides having strong squads, there is a high possibility that we could be seeing a Spain vs Germany final in Moscow on the 15th July.
The last World Cup meeting between the two European nations came in the semi-finals in 2010, with Spain winning 1-0 and going onto lift the trophy four days later.
World Cup Prediction
Germany are among the favourites for a reason. They are reigning champions and their squad is stacked with fire-power in every position, so even should one of the starts sustain an injury, there will be someone waiting in the wings ready for action.
With some of the title-winning side from four years ago heading to Russia, the team has an incredible blend of experience and talent, and should reach the final once again.
World Cup Squad
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Jonas Hector, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Marvin Plattenhardt, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule.
Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Julian Draxler Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Sebastian Rudy.
Forwards: Mario Gomez, Thomas Muller, Timo Werner.