FIFA World Cup 2010: Young Germans Looking To Become Golden Generation

Ieuan BeynonCorrespondent IIIJune 13, 2010

Germany get their World Cup campaign underway this evening, when the take on Australia in a Group D clash.

The three time World Cup winners, come into the tournament as one of the favourites. A burden always bestowed upon them by the expecting German public.

This time round though there is something different about die mannschaft. They have broken the mould.

The German sides of the last decade and beyond, have been experienced.

The likes of Michael Ballack, Carsten Ramelow, and Jen Jeremies pushed the team through to the final in, 2002.

The likes of Andreas Brehme, Lothar Matthaus, and Jurgen Klinsmann lifted the trophy at, Italia 90.

This time though the squad coach Joachim Low has assembled a group of players which has an average age of 25.

This the youngest German squad for some 76 years - when then they travelled to Italy in 1934.

Despite the inexperience this a very good and very capable team.

A successful tournament, and this team could be the next 'Golden Generation'. They certainly have the talent to do so.

The best out the lot maybe the youngest as well, Toni Kroos, has just enjoyed a very good season on loan at Bayer Leverkusen. So much so that Bayern Munich want him back at the Allianz Arena next season.

If he starts remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that he will play some part in the tournament.

Others to watch out for are Kroos' Bayern team-mate Thomas Muller, Muller can play out wide, off the striker or as a out and out forward. His versatility could prove to be vital for Loew's side.

In the place of injured captain Ballack we'll see the highly-rated Sami Khedira, the Stuttgart man is a cultured midfielder, who also has a good engine, enabling him to be a box-to-box midfielder.

Other midfielders who could make a difference include trick play-makers, Mesut Ozil and Marko Marin, both of whom are under the age of 25 and have big futures in the German game.

Holger Babstuber, Dennis Aogo, Sander Tasci, and Manchester City's newest recruit, Jerome Boateng are all young defenders, who will support the likes of captain, Phillip Lahm and Per Mertesacker when called upon.

The most important out of the potential 'Golden Generation' is Manuel Neuer. The Schalke goalkeeper, will take his place between the posts, after injury to Rene Adler and the tragic death of suspected number one Robert Enke.

The big shot-stopper is highly regarded in Germany, and has been continuously linked with moves to Manchester United and Bayern.

He has the confidence and the ability to take his place as undisputed number one. He maybe the one to fill the very big shoes, of German legend Oliver Kahn.

The two key players for Germany though have a bit more experience than all of the above, though they are both only 25 themselves.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski both have over 70 caps, despite their young age.

Schweinsteiger, needs a big tournament, he has to step up and shoulder the job of running the midfield. With the injury to Michael Ballack, the Bayern man now becomes the pivotal player within the German side.

Podolski, has had a poor season for hometown side FC Koln. But it has been common knowledge for a long-time that he performs better for the national side. He and Miroslav Klose will lead the line and Podolski in-particular will drop back and recieve the ball from the midfield.

So they may be young and inexperienced, but they have potential, lots of potential. Could this be the start of a 'Golden Generation' in German football?