With the 2010 World Cup in South Africa just days away, nations are going to be submitting their final 23-man rosters. All nations participating have the right to bring their best 23 players with citizenship belonging to that country.
The Germans, currently ranked 6th in the world rankings entering the World Cup, are a deep squad that will definitely be making a splash this in the coming weeks ahead. Having to face Australia, Serbia and Ghana, their road to Round 2 looks as if it will not have many hurdles.
But exactly who are these Germans that look great on paper and even greater on the pitch?
Although most of the footballers on the squad are born in East or West Germany and come from generations of Germans before them, a fair amount of them do not. Many of the players on the squad are born abroad or come from Non-German roots.
And they are as follows.
Forwards: There are six forwards that will possibly be in uniform come June 13 when Germany takes on Australia. How many of these forwards are German born though? The answer is 3. That means that fifty-percent of the German front line goal scorers are not born in the country. Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski are both born in Poland and Cacau is Brazilian born.
Midfielders: There are also six midfielders that most definitely be dawning the black, red and yellow come tournament time. The problem is that the birth places of the middle six do not represent theses colors. Like many other German Nationals, Piotr Trochowski was born in Poland and Marko Marin is a product of Yugoslavia.
Defenders: Out of 8 defenders in the current line-up, all but one is German born. The loner is Andreas Beck, a 23 year old footballer that hails from the Soviet Union.
Goaltenders: The loan category that I struck out on as all 3 Goaltenders are German born and bred.
As the facts state, six out of the twenty-three players on the roster of Germany are born in other counties. Should this be aloud? Should they be able to participate in the World Cup? All it takes is living and working (playing) in Germany for five or more years and citizenship is granted.
What I also failed to mention earlier is this. Although perfectly legal, the following players are German born but descend from every edge of the world. Mario Gomez is half German as his father is born in Spain; he holds dual citizenship. Sami Khedira's father is from Tunisia. Mesut Ozil and Serdar Tasci both come from Turkish parents but are born in Germany. Dennis Aogo is a German born kid with Nigerian roots. Jerome Boateng is another dual holder with Ghana and Germany.
Is the German National Football Team legitimate and legal? I guess so, but if I was running FIFA I would tighten up the rules and make it harder than it is to play for any particular nation. I feel like players wake up looking at the international rankings and then make a decision on what national team their going to play for.
My question to all is, should Germany get to participate under the name "Germany" or should we give them a new title and maybe call them the "International Republic"?