World Cup 2014: Why Germany Are Odds-On Favorites

By Taylor Sturm
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When it comes to the World Cup, there are very few teams that are always solidly in the discussion as the favorites to win. One of these teams is Germany. The Germans are consistently one of the best in the World Cup every four years. In fact, for the 2014 World Cup, they should be considered the overall favorites.

Germany dominated in their World Cup Qualifying group, winning all of their games except one, a tie against a very strong Sweden team. On top of that, they outscored their opponents by a total of 28 goals. It’s hard not to look at their dominance during their World Cup Qualifying campaign and not believe that they will win the 2014 World Cup.

A major factor of Germany’s potential success will be their roster. Germany has arguably the best goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer, the best left-back in the world in Philip Lahm, the best passer in the world in Mesut Ozil and the leading goalscorer from the 2010 World Cup in Thomas Muller.

As if those players weren’t enough to show that Germany is the most talented team in the world, the German National Team includes talent like Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Per Mertesacker. Germany should be the favorites to win the 2014 World Cup because they have the most talent of any team that made it to Brazil.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google.

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