Written By Jacobs Dunga
One of the best football playing countries with a rich history and excellent players for both the present and the future, Die Maanachaft are definitely one of the teams to reckon with in Qatar.
World Cup History
Germany first entered the World Cup in 1934 in Italy but did not win their first title until 1954 in Switzerland. They’ve gone on to conquer the world on three more occasions since then, in 1974, 1990 and most recently 2014. Die Maanschaft are known for their ruthless style of football which has brought them success on all fronts. They’ve also been runners up on four occasions while also boasting of four bronze medals. Germany are the only European team in World Cup history to win on American soil and hold the record for the most consecutive wins in competitive fixtures (15) between 2010 and 2012.
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They’re joint second most successful team in the World Cup alongside Italy and only behind Brazil and have also qualified for all the tournaments in which they were eligible for after a non entry in 1930 and a ban from the 1950 edition. Germany have reached the last four (13) more than any other nation with Brazil coming second with (11). Players such as Franz Beckenbauer, Sepp Maier, Oliver Khan, Miroslav Klose – who is the highest scoring player in World Cup history – Philip Lahm, Lothar Matthaus, Jurgen Klinsmann, Karl Heinz Rummenigge, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Gerd Muller, Uwe Seeler, Michael Ballack, Rudi Voller, Oliver Bierhoff and the present day stars such as Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller have all made significant impacts in the glorification of the German national team.
Current Squad And Coach
57 year old Hans Dieter Flick has taken his time to grow through the ranks and has achieved greatly since breaking into limelight with Bayern Munich in 2019. The former midfield player, a tactically astute and brilliant manager served as an assistant coach at RB Salzburg, with the German national team for eight years which culminated in the 2014 World Cup triumph and later at Bayern Munich where he was promoted to the post of head coach and thus leading the team to several honours in just two years at the helm. He left his role at Bayern in 2021 to take up the national team job and the transition from his first game against Liechtenstein which they won 2-0 and the 9-0 return leg victory over same opponent should appropriately illustrate the improvement that the team has achieved under his tutelage. Flick has been able to blend experience with fresh and buzzing talents to make for a formidable 26 man squad for the World Cup.
GK: Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich
GK: Kevin Trapp, Eintracht Frankfurt
GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona
DF: Thilo Kehrer, West Ham
DF: Niklas Sule, Borussia Dortmund
DF: Lukas Klostermann, RB Leipzig
DF: Christian Gunter, SC Freiburg
DF: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Southampton
DF: David Raum, RB Leipzig
DF: Antonio Rudiger, Real Madrid
DF: Nico Schlotterbeck, Borussia Dortmund
DF: Matthias Ginter, Freiburg
MF: Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich
MF: Mario Gotze, Eintracht Frankfurt
MF: Jonas Hofmann, Borussia Monchengladbach
MF: Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund
MF: Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich
MF: Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City
MF: Kai Havertz, Chelsea
MF: Jamal Musiala, Bayern Munich
FW: Leroy Sane, Bayern Munich
FW: Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich
FW: Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich
FW: Karim Adeyemi, Borussia Dortmund
FW: Niclas Fullkrug, Werder Bremen
FW: Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund
Manuel Neuer is the leader of the pack and a World Cup winner from eight years ago who has just returned from injury in time for the showpiece. His command and coordination from the back is one of the strongest elements of the German team and will surely want to bow out in style knowing that this World Cup could be his swansong.
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Jamal Musiala’s performance at this World Cup will mean very much to the aspirations of the German Machines. The youngster has taken this season by storm both domestically and in Europe with seventeen goals contributions already this term and expectations now high on him to come through for his national team.
How Far Can They Go?
Following the victory in 2014, Germany disappointingly crashed out in the group stages four years later in Russia. This tournament in the Far East will serve as an opportunity to redeem themselves and they’ll want to go all way to reach Brazil’s five World Cup triumphs.
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