This year at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, the Germans have proven themselves to be a force to be reckoned with.
After finishing first in their group, the team faced a tough test in the knockout phase when they faced off against a talented England squad. Germany proved their talent by embarrassing the England team 4-1. Not a result many would have predicted.
Next came the quarters. After getting one "tough" test in England, which proved to be less than advertised, they got an even tougher test in Argentina. Some soccer fans believed that Argentina would knock the Germans out of the World Cup. Those people were hiding their heads in shame after the Germans took down Argentina in a brutal 4-0 thrashing.
Now comes the toughest game of all: a semifinal match-up with Spain, who many consider the World Cup favourite.
Spain is coming off back to back 1-0 victories, which compared to Germany’s back to back four goal performances seems like nothing. But this team is not to be taken lightly.
If you think back to Euro 2008, Spain defeated Germany 1-0 in the final, giving Spain the Euro title. I’m sure German players and fans alike still remember that game today. There is no doubt that the Germans will have retribution on their minds.
However, putting mental focus aside, the Germans are going to suffer a setback in the semifinal game against Spain. Breakout star Thomas Mueller will not be playing in the semifinal game for Germany due to a soft booking he received against Argentina.
In his World Cup debut, he scored four goals from the wing. Needless to say, that is very impressive. Mueller has had a great start to his career and if things continue as they have, his future is very bright.
Still, with Mueller gone in the match-up against Spain, the Germans will be deprived of a huge scoring presence in the lineup.
Cacau, who is currently suffering damaged stomach muscles, is doubtful for the game against Spain. However, if Cacau were to recover, then there is no doubt in my mind that he would easily be inserted in Mueller’s place.
Piotr Trochowski, Marko Marin, Toni Kroos and Stefan Keissling are all going to be considered in filling Mueller’s role for the semifinal game.
I’d think that Marin or Trochowski will be put in Mueller’s place, but whoever it is, they are going to have to play some inspired soccer.
This clash between two European giants should be one to remember. And whichever team advances will have earned their spot in the final.
With that being said, I’d still place your bets on the young and vibrant Germany team.
Germany have proven they have some serious fire power, and despite the absence of Mueller, they still do look like the favourite. They will likely be moving on to face a dangerous Netherlands team. Not to discount Uruguay, but the Netherlands just came off a win against Brazil—Don’t have to say much more.
Whether it’s Germany and Netherlands, Spain and Netherlands or whatever, this year’s final is sure to be one soccer fans will be tuned in to.
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