KLOSE, PODOLKSI, KIESSLING, CACAU, MUELLER
The forward position is the most controversial for the Germans heading into South Africa.
Schalke 04's Kevin Kuranyi walked out on the team last year for not being inserted into the starting lineup for a crucial qualifier against Russia.
Kuranyi has been on sensational form in the Bundesliga this year, and supporters and management alike were putting pressure on Low to bring Kuranyi to South Africa, despite the rift between them.
However, Low recently closed the book on the situation, dashing Kuranyi's World Cup dreams. Low insisted that their altercation had nothing to do with Kuranyi getting left off the provisional roster, but the issue is still unresolved in my eyes.
Bayern's "Super" Mario Gomez is another topic of debate. Gomez is an electric finisher with a keen nose for the goal, that is, when he's not in a national squad uniform.
Gomez took the Bundesliga by storm a few years ago when he led Stuttgart to a League Title. Since being transferred to Munich he's had some injury trouble and cooled off a bit in terms of scoring, but still presents a viable option up top.
However, Gomez has been downright dreadful in international play on any level. He simply seems to go missing in games and has botched several clear chances. Mario couldn't hit the broad side of a barn in Euro 2008, culminating with this debacle of a finish against Austria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gL4tOiCPfzs&feature=related (kids, shield your eyes). It pains me to say Low will leave him off the final roster, but I forsee it happening.
Unfortunately, Gomez is the least of Germany's problems at the forward position. Usual studs Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski have combined for a whopping 5 league goals this season.
Klose lost his starting job for Bayern and Podolski almost got Cologne relegated. Look for Low to subsidize the lack of league production by adding Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling and Klose's young Bayern replacement Thomas Mueller to the final squad.
It has also been a long time coming for Stuttgart's Brazilian born striker Cacau. While he is older than Mueller and Kiessling, I expect to see Low bring him along anyway.
Cacau provides a good Brazilian-style flare to his game and was on top form this year in what he proclaimed to be his last seaon playing for VfB. He may be the last forward added but don't be surprised if he ends up contributing in a big way.
Projected Starters: Klose and Podolski (on tenure alone)