While England still has the old-boys’ club, Germany has young, exciting, über-talented players.
And that's because the higher-ups decided to shake things up about a decade ago.
After the failure of Euro 2000 (Die Mannschaft finished bottom of Group A, which also included Romania, Portugal and England), the German national team reinvented itself from the bottom up. The process started with youth development, and the changes extended all the way up to the training methods and tactics of the senior national team.
Those players who were in the youth system at the turn of the century are now contributing members of the full national team as teens and young 20-somethings.
And these players don’t use the same old, mechanically efficient German tactics, either. I mean, did you see them at the World Cup? They play fast. They attack. They flow up and down the field as a single unit.
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Thomas Müller (now 22) was the breakout young star of the World Cup, but there’s other young talent like Real Madrid's Mesut Özil (23) and Sami Khedira (24), and Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze (19) and Mats Hummels (22).
Even the guys who form the backbone of the squad—central midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (27), defender and captain Phillipp Lahm (28), central defender Per Mertesacker (27) and forward Lukas Podolski (26)—are relatively young.
So here's what you get with Germany:
You get a team that's one part youth, one part experience. You get a team that's always fun to watch. You get a team that plays a fast, exciting style. You get a team that wins, a lot. You get a team that's distinctly German but also multicultural (thanks to players like Özil, Khedira, Mario Gomez, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Dennis Aogo).
And, unlike England, you get a team that's not dependent on a single player.