2010 FIFA World Cup: Germany Final Squad Breakdown

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2010 FIFA World Cup: Germany Final Squad Breakdown

When German manager Joachim Loew announced his 27-man provisional squad on May 6th, he never imagined that team doctors would be making three out of the four cuts necessary to arrive at the final 23-man roster.

Injuries to first-choice keeper Rene Adler and highly touted defensive midfielder Simon Rolfes prior to the selection of the tentative roster were problematic enough for the German coach heading into his first World Cup.

However, a devastating ankle injury to his captain Michael Ballack, along with injuries to midfielder Christian Traesch and fullback Heiko Westermann, made Loew's last cut painfully simple.

Despite the setbacks, make no mistake that the 23 men that will step off the plane in South Africa flying yellow, red, and black are still teeming with talent and are no doubt anxious to prove to the world that the loss of their captain will not result in the loss of their shot at World Cup glory.

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