Germany – World Cup 2010 – Betting

Manager: Joachim Low
Captain: Philipp Lahm
FIFA World Ranking: 6
World Cup Appearances: 16
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 18 World Cup finals, while the Germans have made it past the group stage a staggering 17 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 on African soil, 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 even 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 of the European Championships, is in impeccable and the proof, if you ever needed it, that Germany, no matter how weak or average their team may look on paper, always come good when their backs are against the walls. 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 seen the consistent and almost infallible Germans reach yet another major final, this time losing out to Spain in Austria/Switzerland in 2008.

While two years have passed since that disappointing night in Austria in 2008, a bitter taste will still fill the mouths of the German camp, with many of the unfortunate souls who lost that day still in the German team aiming to make amends in South Africa.

 

Manager

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, he can now concentrate on going one better and avenging the Semi-Final defeat in 2006 and hopefully book a place in the final of the 2010 World Cup.

Joachim Low has 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 four 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; Philip 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. Last and foremost, Arne Friedrich, who will more than likely take up the right-back role. As you can patently see, all three have more than enough international caps, combing to make for one of the more competent, professional and experienced defences out of the 32 teams competing.

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 German captain Michael Ballack. At 33 years-old, Ballack has seemingly been in the game for an age and will be making his third appearance in the finals of a World Cup. He will take valuable experience from his previous World Cup adventures into the German camp, as well as his hard-working and industrious attitude, while Ballack has been known to strike an absolute thunderbolt in his time. When the pressure is on and a goal is perhaps needed, Ballack has never shied away from the hero situations and will amply fit the bill in South Africa should Joachim Low require one at any stage.

While Ballack 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 while those have been few and far between in the German squad in recent years, Piotr Trochowski and Bastien Schweinsteiger may just fit the role perfectly as Low looks to build on a previously lightweight attack by adding guile, ingenuity and power with the inclusions of the two ment.

The German attack is where their games will be won and lost, mainly won if the record of their forwards is anything to go by. The two stand-outs in the German attack by quite some distance are the pairing of Miroslav Klose (Caps: 94 Goals: 48) and Lukas Podolski (Caps: 70 Goals: 37). Not only do these two have goals in them, and that’s a proven fact, they compliment one another so well.

In one corner with have the subtlety of Klose, who with his predatory instinct in and around the penalty has earned himself a lethal reputation as one of the World’s best attackers while he already has a World Cup Golden Shoe to his name after finishing Korea/Japan with the best goal return in the competition back in 2002. As you can tell by the year in which he won that honour, Klose also packs a punch with his experience, so to say Klose is well travelled and a goal-getter would be stating the obvious.

Lukas Podolski, however, seems to have spent an eternity in the German fold despite being just 25 years-of-age. He’s a player which really has come of age and has been prolific in front of goal for his country, averaging a goal every-other-game under Low. The unqiue factor with Podolski in comparison to Klose is Podolski is much more versatile, willing to play in any position and perform any role for the team and yet he still manages to find the goal from wherever he ends up on the pitch. He simply has a keen eye for the goal, and when he does locate the goal, he doesn’t half get his foot behind the ball.

In goal is perhaps the only area of the pitch where Germany look lightweight in terms of international experience, with the likelihood being Rene Adler and Manuel Neuer travelling to South Africa as Germany’s main contenders for the gloves. Both of which are superb goalies, immense shot-stoppers and an excellent commander of the box. The pair may lack international caps but they’re world-class goalies in their own right, while both have enjoyed promising seasons in the German Bundesliga, although Adler’s was blighted with injuries.

 

Strengths

You would have to say the attacking duo of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Poloski make Germany a serious threat and danger in the final third, while the strength in depth in this specific area of the pitch is very strong. Klose and Poldolski have incredible scoring records for Germany, both averaging more than a goal every-other-game. Both will be pivotal in Germany’s chances in South Africa, but the fact Low has suitable replacements ready to fit the bill should one of the potent duo fall foul to an injury, with Mario Gomez (Bought for £30 million a year ago for Bayern Munich) and Stefan Kiebling (Top goalscorer in the German Bundesliga) ready and raring to go should their services be required.

There are plenty of goals in the German attack, with the Germans clinical attitude in front of goal one of the reasons why English fans are fearing the worst, and why the loyal flood of German supporters travelling to South Africa will remain optimistic and in high spirit.

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 10 qualifiers. 

Weaknesses

While their defence is equipped to handle the aerial threat, while it does have plenty of caps between Philip Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Arne Friedrich, it’s a defence which has been exposed and exploited in past tournaments, while the fact almost the same back four which played in Germany 2006 will take to the field for most of Germany’s encounters in South Africa allows other nations to do some easy homework, pinpointing any possible German weaknesses in the back which, from our mere observations, are quick footwork and pace. If a team has either of those, and plenty of them do, then the German defence could be unravelled.

 

Germany Qualification for the World Cup

Sector: Europe
Current Position: 1st
Win-Draw-Lose: 8-2-0
Goals Scored: 26
Goals Conceded: 5

Germany Qualifying Statistics

– Germany have kept their unbeaten record intact throughout qualifying, winning eight and drawing two in a flawless qualifying campaign.
– The Germans have kept their cool with just two yellow cards and one red card throughout the whole of qualification.
– 26 goals in 10 qualifiers is the third highest goal tally in the European sector.
– Miroslav Klose has scored 7 times in qualifying and finished as Germany’s top goalscorer.
– Germany’s comfortable qualification route ensured they stretched a streak of 16 consecutive world cup appearances to 17.

 

World Cup Potential: 4/5

The Germans have been turning up to tournaments understrength and underrated for some time now, as the latter adjective says, the Germans proved yet again they had a trick or two up their sleeve when it really mattered, and while they may travel to South Africa without as many stars as some of the other favoured nations, 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 Africa, but that doesn’t mean they’re an easy opponent. In fact, the Germans will be one of the hardest teams to overcome in South Africa, as their record in major finals would suggest.

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; Michael Ballack, Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose 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; Mezut Ozil and Thomas Muller tagging along for the ride aiming to make a real difference in South Africa. 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 South Africa.

 

Germany World Cup Betting Odds

Germany to win the World Cup: 2/1 – Bet365

Before the World Cup the odds on Germany were 12/1 

Official Germany World Cup Squad

Goalkeepers

Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04)
Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)
Hans-Jörg Butt (Bayern Munich)

Defenders

Arne Friedrich (Hertha BSC)
Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich)
Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen)
Serdar Tasci (VfB Stuttgart)
Jérome Boateng (Hamburg SV)
Dennis Aogo (Hamburg SV)
Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich)

Midfielders

Marcell Jansen (Hamburg SV)
Toni Kroos (Bayer Leverkusen)
Marko Marin (Werder Bremen)
Mesut Özil (Werder Bremen)
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Sami Khedira (VfB Stuttgart)
Piotr Trochowski (Hamburg SV)

Strikers

Lukas Podolski (Cologne)
Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich)
Stefan Kießling (Bayer Leverkusen)
Cacau (VfB Stuttgart)
Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich)
Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich)

last update: 18 June 2010

 

World Cup 2010 Germany Fixtures – Group D

Date - Time Group Match Result
13/06 - 15.00 D Serbia - Ghana 0-1
13/06 - 19.30 D Germany - Australia 4-0
18/06 - 12.30 D Germany - Serbia 0-1
19/06 - 15.00 D Ghana - Australia 1-1
23/06 - 19.30 D Ghana - Germany 0-1
23/06 - 19.30 D Australia - Serbia 2-1

27/06 – 15.00 – Round of the last 16: Germany – England: 4-1

03/07 – 15.00 – Quarter Finals: Germany – Argentina: 4-0

07/07 – 19.30 – Semi Finals: Germany – Spain

World Cup 2010 Group D - Table

Rank Team Matches / Points
1 Germany 3 Matches / 6 Points
2 Ghana 3 Matches / 4 Points
3 Australia 3 Matches / 4 Points
4 Serbia 3 Matches / 3 Points

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