5 Reasons Why Germany Will Win the 2014 FIFA World Cup
Let's face it, Die Mannschaft are always a threat to win any title they go for. They have won three World Cups in six finals appearances, three European championships and boast some of the best players in history, like Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller.
They are definitely considered a contender to win the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. I believe this next World Cup will be the one where they finally win it as the unified Germany and claim their fourth title.
Germany has a team full of great young stars who are only getting better. Real Madrid superstars Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira played excellently in the 2010 World Cup and are bound to get even better for 2014. Golden Boot winner Thomas Muller is only 21 years of age, not even in his prime.
Other young stars include Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze and Marko Marin.
By the time the next World Cup comes along these players will be in their mid-20s, the ideal age for the World Cup.
Defense and Goalkeepers
Germany has two excellent options for a goalkeeper to represent them in Brazil.
One is Manuel Neuer, the 25-year-old who just signed with Bayern Munich. He has excellent diving skills, which he displayed in the 2010 World Cup and in the Champions League while playing with Schalke 04, helping them get to the semifinal.
The other option is Rene Adler, who is 26 years old and 6'3" tall. He played for Bayer Leverkusen for over eight years and was supposed to be the team's keeper in South Africa, before a serious rib injury kept him off the team.
In front of the keeper will be players like Jerome Boateng, Per Mertesacker and Philipp Lahm, as well as young stars Mats Hummels and Holger Badstuber. With the exception of Lahm, these guys are each well over six feet tall, with Mertesacker towering over them at 6'6". These guys will make it very hard for any team to cross the ball.
Joachim Low was called up as the new head coach of the team when Jurgen Klinsmann decided not to renew his contract, after losing to Italy in the 2006 World Cup.
Low proved to be a worthy successor. He brought new tactics and a different style to German play, which devastated teams like England and Argentina in the previous World Cup. Their fast, counter attacking style will be hard to stop, and Low will most likely have some other tactics in store for his opponents.
Germany did not look like much of a threat in any of the past three World Cups until they stepped on the field. They struggled to qualify in 2002, losing 5-1 to England at home.
Four years later, as hosts of the tournament, four in five Germans believed their team didn't have a prayer of winning, because poor efforts in friendlies had such low morale. And in 2010, Michael Ballack himself believed Germany didn't have the strength to be a contender.
Die Mannschaft ended up proving everyone wrong, with a finals appearance in 2002 and third place trophies in 2006 and 2010, which they lost to eventual champions Italy and Spain.
And speaking of consistency, no one is better at taking penalty kicks than the Germans. They haven't lost a shootout since 1976! They are 4-0 in World Cup shootouts.
Attitude and Will to Win
The Germans play with ruthlessness in every game, piling on as many goals as they can. They not only come to play, they come to win. They have incredible pride in their nation, and their fans have pride in the players as well. This is the sort of driving force that creates champions.
Germany is known for several things: their penalty taking, their tactics and their "never give up" attitude. They play until the final whistle, even if the game seems completely out of reach.
Jamie Carragher said last year that Germany "reminds him of Liverpool." I don't think anyone needs to be reminded of Liverpool's mental strength. Istanbul, 2005. That's all there is to say.
If skill can't win Germany the World Cup in 2014, they will get by on the sheer force of will.
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