Germany is one of the ultimate favorites to hoist the FIFA World Cup trophy this summer when they take part as one of the 32 sides battling in Brazil. Head coach Joachim Low will be looking to field the best squad possible that gels and succeeds the most. Lucky for him, Germany has a whopping amount of talent to choose from as their domestic league, the Bundesliga, is one of the most competitive around the world.
The provisional squad consists of 10 defenders, 15 midfielders and only two strikers. That’s right: two strikers. The choices in this region of the field are none other than Miroslav Klose (35) and Kevin Volland (21). Both are good talents with the former playing for his nation at this stage since the 2002 World Cup and the latter netting 10 times while assisting the same amount of goals this season for Hoffenheim.
One player that is missing to a slight drop of form is 26-year-old Max Kruse of Schalke 04. Scoring 12 goals and notching nine assists in 33 games, he has proven to be an invaluable member of the German outfit’s team throughout the season. He has represented his nation six times and scored once to show for his efforts. He is lacking much-needed experience internationally, but the excitement of the World Cup can bring his performance right up to the next level.
The team will be playing in a 4-2-3-1 formation and of the 30 men selected thus far, this should be their starting 11:
Manuel Neuer; Phillip Lahm, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Marcel Schmelzer; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Thomas Muller; Miroslav Klose
Let’s take note that a few of these guys are still quite young whereas the others are on the latter side of 25 with a bundle of experience. This mixture of youth and veterans will be key to their expected success this summer. They have to find a way to find a balance where every player puts in the same amount of work to make sure everyone is covered when out of position and to make few to no errors.
Germany was eliminated by Italy in the 2006 World Cup, Spain in the 2010 World Cup and in the reverse order in EURO 2008 and 2012. If they want any chance at defeating those two proven nations, they need to focus a bit more on defending as they are always more susceptible to goals being scored than being unable to live up to the pressure.
This provisional squad will be cut down to a final number of 23. Therefore, whoever makes the cut has to be sure to feel deserving of the spot so they can use that pride and excitement to push themselves to their fullest of abilities to rightfully represent their nation.