5 Reasons Why Germany Will Win 2014 World Cup
Germany will win 2014 World Cup: 5 Reasons Why
Germany currently sits at no. 2 in FIFA world rankings, just behind Spain and right in front of Argentina. They have been outstanding in the past few years, but can never seem to win it all, at least on a national level. The only time Germany hasn't made it to a quarterfinal or better in either a World Cup or European Championship since 2002 was the Euros in 2004, where they failed to make it out of the group stage. That is an accomplishment for any country, but Germany is not any country.
They have a long history of success, and this particular generation has the ability to live up to and surpass that billing and the expectations that come with it. They have outstanding talent at each and every position. They have leaders who are not only vocal, but lead by example as well. They have some of the best up-and-coming starlets in the world, and the scary part is that they keep getting better. Germany may not have clubs with the legendary statuses of teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United, but they know how to play and win as a team.
Despite an increasing number of injury concerns to star players, namely Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger, Deutschland can seamlessly fit other top players into these positions. Future injuries notwithstanding, Germany could bring an almost fully fit squad with them to Brazil.
Regardless of fitness, Germany cruised through their qualifying group stage. They won nine while drawing one, maintaining a fantastic goal difference of 26. Due to the following five factors, this German team looks set to win the World Cup in 2014.
5. Youth Development
After an embarrassing run at Euro 2000, the DFB -- Germany’s Football Association -- put in place a system to revamp their national football product at a grassroots level. They created youth academies across the top two tiers of German club football, putting an emphasis on technically gifted, homegrown players. The manifestation of this labor is a star-studded cast of young players plying their trade in the Bundasliga: Julian Draxler, Lars Bender, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan all currently play in the German top flight.
This budding generation of homegrown players is the future of German football, and the future looks bright.
4. Attacking Style
Germany’s fluid attacking style is as easy on the eyes as it is hard on the opposition. Their intent isn’t disguised, but it is effective as the ball is played directly without simply knocking it long for teammates to chase. Germany finds space and uses the wings to their advantage, using speedy, technical wingers to play crosses or cut in to take shots from long range. Their midfielders can play key, incisive passes to supply attackers with ease. As we have already seen this year, Mesut Ozil has single-handedly put Arsenal FC at the top of the premier league.
3. Club Dominance
In last year's Champions League Final, Germany’s two best clubs met after defeating Spain’s finest in the tournament’s semifinals. The final was a thrilling 2-1 win for Bayern Munich, who found vengeance after losing to Chelsea FC the year before in Bavaria.
This year, Munich tops their Champions League group as well as the Bundesliga, albeit underwhelmingly. Dortmund is currently sitting in third place in their Champions League group while maintaining a close second place in the Bundesliga. Bayer Leverkusen is in a hopeful Champions League position, sitting in second behind Manchester United while claiming third place in the German top flight on goal difference.
Great players are key for winning a single match, but depth at each position is key for winning a tournament. Germany has just that. They could field two, possibly three dominant sides without reusing a single player. They have extremely capable goalkeepers, a defense with more great center-backs than they can play, and a midfield that is arguably the best in the world. The only worry is at striker. Though still potent, Miroslav Klose is getting on in age, and Mario Gomez has had recent injury woes since moving to Fiorentina this season. After that, Germany would have to turn to an untested pair in Max Kruse and Stefan Kiessling.
Germany was not expected to do great things in the 2010 World Cup. but made it to a third-place finish on the backs of some rising young stars, most notably Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil.
Now, four years later, that young, overachieving side has the experience and talent to be favorites for the title. Philip Lahm, Bastien Schweinsteiger, and Jerome Boateng will all bring leadership to the side, while the new wave of world-class talent, including Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Andre Schurrle will grace the stage with the flair and fluidity that has manifested itself in German football in recent years.