Germany 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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Germany 2014 FIFA World Cup Squad: Player-by-Player Guide
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Germany coach Joachim Low announced his provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup on Thursday, turning quite a few heads in the process.

The initial 30-man roster will have to be trimmed down to 23 by June 2. And while it appears that Low is decided on the required minimum of three goalkeepers in his squad, competition should be fierce among some of his less experienced players.

Uncapped duo Max Meyer and Leon Goretzka were surprise nominations, while under-21 captain Kevin Volland and Erik Durm were also called up to the senior national team for the first time. Matthias Ginter, Shkodran Mustafi and Andre Hahn were also recalled after having been called to the national team for the first time in March.

Elsewhere, longtime absentee Sami Khedira made the squad despite not having played a minute of competitive football since November, while the currently injured Mario Gomez, who spent almost the entire season sidelined with injuries, was omitted.

In spite of an increasingly apparent bottleneck of talent still short of its prime, Germany's squad continues to evolve. The coming weeks will be interesting for followers of the Mannschaft as Low's chosen 30 aim to make the final cut.

Low's selection contains a wide range of players of diverse backgrounds, each with a unique story of how he reached this point in his career. Click "Begin Slideshow" for profiles of all 30 players listed in the provisional Germany squad.

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