You’ve heard the joke, “What do you call a German in the World Cup finals? A referee.” Unfortunately, that has actually been the case since 2002. The Germans were runners-up in that World Cup and haven’t actually won since 1990.
The German Men’s National Soccer Team is tired of falling short in the World Cup after beginning the tournament with extremely high expectations every time. In the 2006 World Cup, they finished third; in the 2010 World Cup, they finished third. However, Germany has jumped ahead of the pack and looked to be one of the favorites for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil due to their outstanding job in qualifying.
Germany won eight of their nine games in their qualifying run. They only tied one game with Sweden against a team that included one of the best players in the world, Zlatan Ibrahamovic. Germany dominated Austria and the Republic of Ireland, who were both thought of as being able to steal a game or two from the European giants.
The most impressive stat from the Germans had during World Cup qualifying, however, was their ability to score. They scored at least three goals in every qualifying game except one on their way to a huge goal differential of 28 goals. Even in their tie with Sweden, their offense dominated and scored four goals.
Germany has every opportunity to win their first World Cup in 20 years in 2014. The World Cup qualifiers were just a preview.