Germany – World Cup 2014 – Betting
Manager: Joachim Low
Captain: Philipp Lahm
FIFA World Ranking: 2
World Cup Appearances: 17
Best World Cup: Winner; 1954, 1974, 1990
Germany Team Profile
If you’re looking for a bargain this summer, a little piece of value, then the Germans maybe right up your street. The three-time FIFA World Cup winners are arguably the most consistent nation around having played in all but two of the previous 19 World Cup finals, while the Germans have made it past the group stage a staggering 18 times, failing just once way back in 1938. However, the Germans will need to achieve a feat they’ve never managed before if they are to be the first country to win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and that’s to win a World Cup outside of Europe. All of Germany’s previous three World Cup triumphs have come inside of Europe, with two of them coming on home soil.
The Germans are arguably the most consistent nation on the circuit and it’s been a combination of experience, combative qualities and some wise tactical nous which has helped them build such a formidable record at international level. Their consistency in the finals of any tournament, whether that be the FIFA World Cup or the European Championships, is pretty impeccable.
They finished as a losing finalists in Japan/Korea in 2002, third in Germany in their own backyard in 2006, while the 2008 European Championships saw the consistent and almost infallible Germans reach yet another major final, this time losing out to Spain in Austria/Switzerland in 2008. The narrowly missed out four years ago in South Africa though, exiting at the semi finals against Spain.
A manager cannot win a game all by himself but he can certainly dictate how it can pan out. When Joachim Low took charge of the Germans back in July 2006, many were saying he was inheriting one of the poorest German sides in their history. However, despite the doubters, he guided Germany to a third place finish in the 2006 World Cup which was conveniently held in Germany. The pressure was on him to deliver a good performance from his team and they certainly did that. Now he’s won over the fans, with a fluent, attacking style and after firmly placing Germany as one of the elite in the world at the moment. Can get Germany, one of the favourites in World Cup outright betting, go one better book a place in the final of the 2014 World Cup.
Joachim Low has over 10 years managerial experience on his CV although his spell at Germany was and still is his first International duty. By the time the World Cup comes round he will have spent nearly eight years as manager of Germany and that has to be a major plus point in terms of team chemistry and morale. He’s enjoyed instant success as German manager but he still lacks a winners medal. He does posses a squad capable of big things although he will have his work cut out getting them to another final showdown.
Germany Key Players
In defence, an area where perhaps some will say is their weak spot, we have three players with vast amounts of experience at international level; Philipp Lahm is one of the best left-backs in the world, bombing forward to assist the winger with deliveries while he remains sound when needing to defence. Per Mertesacker has had his critics in the past but he’s proven a stalwart at the back for Germany with his aerial prowess a real asset in both a defensive and offensive situation.
The midfield is often where you win games and if you can overrun a combative German midfield, you’re half way to winning the battle. And battle is a fitting word to describe the Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger. The 29 year-old, has such a hard-working and industrious attitude, and he pops up now again and cracks off some great goals. He is the dynamo in the midfield and keeps everything ticking over. He has never shied away from the hero situations and will amply fit the bill in Brazil.
While Schweinsteiger provides the German midfield with solidity and a formidable presence, not forgetting his commendable leadership qualities, no midfield is complete without some creativity, the players which can really make the fireworks light with a bang, and Toni Kroos, Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil can all fit the role perfectly. Germany have a pretty formidable attack, a blend of guile, ingenuity and power.
If Veteran Miroslav Klose is around he will get time, and Germany are able to call upon good players to fill the forward role if he doesn’t. There is the youth of Max Kruse, along with Mario Gotze and even Andre Schurrle who play up top. But perhaps one of the great forward players around in the world, Thomas Muller is the one who should grab all the limelight. A genius at just ghosting into goalscoring space from nowhere and lethal with his head and foot. One of the biggest assets in Germany’s formidable arsenal.
It is Germany’s attack which is their big strength. Their movement and pace, and just sheer individual brilliance will carry them far and you should expect plenty of goals in the German attack, They just have so many runners from midfield that they can overwhelm defences. Pile on top some classy strikers and you have the real deal.
Also, the Germans will be a tough side to overcome over 90 minutes and no-one during qualifying managed to beat the Germans within that time-frame, with Joachim Low’s men remaining undefeated in their 10 qualifiers to get to Brazil.
While their defence is equipped to handle the aerial threat, while it does have plenty of caps between Philip Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Jerome Boateng, it’s a defence which has been exposed and exploited in past tournaments. It is not as if it is a major weakness at all, it isn’t and a bit of direct football to turn them around will get under their skin. However, this is just nit-picking as they are still one of the best back lines in world football.
Germany Qualification for the World Cup
Current Position: 1st
Goals Scored: 36
Goals Conceded: 10
World Cup Potential: 5/5
They are the real deal and they aren’t going to get too many better shots than this. We have no doubt their pedigree and formidable reputation will leave their opponents on edge and wanting to avoid the Germans at all cost. They are, however, beatable, like every nation travelling to Brazil, but that doesn’t mean they’re an easy opponent. In fact, the Germans will be one of the hardest teams to overcome, as their record in major finals would suggest. They really should be a lock for the final four at least.
While some of the names in the Germany squad may not jump out of the page at you, it’s a strong set up from the Germans mixed with knowledgeable sorts; Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Jerome Boateng and Bastien Schweinsteiger, who’ve been there and done that in major finals, while there is a fresh feel to the squad with some of their young prospects; Sidney Sam, Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle and Toni Kroos. There’s a good feel about this German team, a positive aurora that should see them delve deep into another World Cup, with the possibility of their seventh final in a World Cup within sight after a flawless route to Brazil.
Germany World Cup Betting Odds
Germany to win the World Cup: 5/1 – Bet365
Before the World Cup the odds on Germany were 5/1
Germany World Cup 2014 Fixtures – Group G
|Mo 16th June||17.00||Germany v Portugal||4:0|
|Mo 16th June||23.00||Ghana v USA||1:2|
|Sa 21st June||20.00||Germany v Ghana||2:2|
|Su 22nd June||23.00||USA v Portugal||2:2|
|Th 26th June||17.00||USA v Germany||0:1|
|Th 26th June||17.00||Portugal v Ghana||2:1|
World Cup 2014 Group G Table