German National Team: Young Stars Set to Break out Before the 2014 World Cup

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German National Team: Young Stars Set to Break out Before the 2014 World Cup
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For almost a decade, Germany has set the benchmark for youth development. Philipp Lahm, Lukas Podolski, and Bastian Schweinsteiger were only the beginning: Since the trio emerged in the Mannschaft in 2004, countless talents have advanced from the Bundesliga’s youth academies and flourished at senior level.

Especially since Euro 2008, Joachim Loew has welcomed a wealth of talent to his team: From defenders like Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber, to midfielders like Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira, to attackers like Mesut Oezil and Thomas Mueller.

The Bundesliga’s fountain of youth springs eternal, and as Loew prepares for the 2014 World Cup, he is sure to experiment and give chances to emerging stars. Read on for the top prospects who can make a breakthrough before the next World Cup.

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