Germany travel to South Africa knowing they could very well go deep. In the last five tournaments Germany have been winners in 1990, runners-up in 2002, and made the last four in 2006.
The biggest strength in the German ranks is discipline and organization.
Germany may not be blessed with the most skillful players in the world who will set the footballing world on fire with their display but one thing they most certainly are is a well organized.
German coach Joachim Low will ensure that his team enter the World Cup as a strong unit and that every players understands their individual assignments.
Germany will also bring a solid defense.
Both fullbacks, Arne Friedrich and Philipp Lahm, are vastly experienced and have acquired 70 and 64 caps respectively for their countries.
Per Mertesacker is another defensive-man who have won 60 caps for Germany.
They also have young talents such as Jerome Boateng and Serdar Tasci entering the defense as well.
Germany's big three up front have great goal to game records for the nation.
Miroslav Klose have scored 48 goals in 94 games, and Lukas Podolski has netted 37 times in 71 matches.
Mario Gomez have scored 11 times in 32 games also.
The major problem is their form entering the World Cup.
Bayern Munich teammates, Klose and Gomez have scored just 11 league goals between them.
Klose, who is Germany's main threat up front, has scored just one league goal this season.
Podolski has scored just eight goals this campaign between Bayern and Koln.
That is a total of just 19 goals between Germany's three main strikers.
Germany could opted to go with Kiebling who scored 21 goals in the Bundesliga or Cacau or Muller who both netted 13 goals, but Low is unlikely to do that.
Germany also have goalkeeper issues.
Due to the tragic death of Robert Enke and the recent injury to Rene Adler, Germany will be traveling to the World Cup without a designated No.1 in goal.
Schalke's net minder, Manuel Neuer is expected to fill the void, but the young 24-year-old has just three international caps going into the World Cup.
The other options are Bayern's 35 year old Hans-Jorg Butt who also has three caps, or Tim Wiese of Werder Bremen, who has just two.
In total Germany are bring a combined eight international caps at the goalkeeper position to South Africa.
If the right options are implemented then Germany can far, but if the usual suspects land in the starting XI based on sentiment then Germany will falter and fail.
Germany are in a tricky group with Ghana, Australia and Serbia.
There tough-nosed defense should take them out of the group but they could end with a tough tie against England, or a tricky encounter against the US.
After that, France or Argentina could be waiting.
If Germany sort out who will be wearing the gloves, and their striking troubles, and finish top of the group, they could find themselves going smoothly to the semi-finals.
But Germany's defense will only hold for so long and if they have trouble in front of goal they could crash out at the last 16.