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5 Reasons Why Germany Will Hoist the World Cup in 2014

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5 Reasons Why Germany Will Hoist the World Cup in 2014

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With the World Cup fast approaching, excitement is building around the world and fans everywhere are wondering who could be the next team to be crowned champions. Most agree that there are three clear favorites: Spain, Germany and host nation Brazil. It will be a long road, but the Germans are the team best equipped to emerge victorious. Here are five reasons Germany will hoist the World Cup in 2014.

5. Easier Matchups

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5. Easier Matchups

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Yes, Germany begins in the Group of Death. However, they are still overwhelming favorites to win that group, and that’s where things get easy. The most likely second place teams from Group H can't compete with them. After that, it’s a matchup with either the winner of Group E or second place from Group F, which again fails to include a real challenger. That means Germany should easily be through without a real challenge until Brazil in the semis.

4. Goalkeeping

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4. Goalkeeping

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Goalkeeping is vital at the World Cup, and the Germans have the best in the world in Manuel Neuer. Neuer’s Bayern Munich side, which looks a lot like the German national team will, has allowed just 11 goals this season in the Bundesliga. Germany also posted the third best goal differential in UEFA in qualifying at +26. With Neuer in goal, scoring on Germany is never easy.

3. Experience

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3. Experience

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Few teams in the world can match Germany’s experience. They will bring much of the same roster that reached the semifinals of Euro 2012, and several core players, such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phillip Lahm, remain from the 2010 World Cup. Additionally, much of the team plays together at Bayern Munich and has plenty of big game experience there. There won’t be issues with continuity and chemistry, and the pressure won’t get to them.

2. Coaching

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2. Coaching

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Joachim Low is going to be arguably the best manager at the World Cup, and that makes a big difference. He has done an outstanding job since taking over the national team in 2008, and there may not be a single manager at the World Cup with a better tactical mind. Low will almost always make the right adjustments to set the Germans up for success, and that is a huge advantage.

1. High Scoring Midfield

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1. High Scoring Midfield

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Obviously you must score goals in order to win, and the Germans have plenty of midfielders who can do exactly that. Mesut Ozil, Mario Goetze and Marco Reus headline an incredibly deep and talented midfield that scored more goals than anyone else in Europe during qualifying. Germany may not have an elite striker, but they have so much talent in the midfield that it won’t matter.