Even in the midst of Germany‘s 7-1 thrashing of host Brazil in Tuesday’s World Cup semifinal, it seemed as if the blame for Brazil’s defeat was being solely rested upon the fact that superstar Neymar and defensive captain Thiago Silva were unable to play in the contest. Meanwhile, the Germans were ruthlessly going about their business, emphatically proving that they were far and away the best team on the pitch.
So many flashy headlines have burst forth from the unpredictable 2014 World Cup, like the emergence of Colombia‘s James Rodríguez and the inability of former world champion Spain to advance past the group stage, that the football community has overlooked one important fact: Germany is the best team in the world.
The Germans were placed into arguably the most difficult group in the 2014 World Cup, a table that consisted of the United States, Portugal and Ghana. Even then, the Germans quietly went about their business, dismantling fourth-ranked Portugal 4-0 before drawing a dangerous Ghana side and defeating the upstart Americans 1-0. In the knockout rounds, Joachim Löw‘s side survived a scare from Algeria and then blanked a France side that looked full of goals in the group stage.
With the win over France, Germany became the first team in World Cup history to advance to four straight semifinals on the world’s biggest stage. The powerful German side, after Tuesday’s win, even boasts the top World Cup goalscorer of all time in Miroslav Klose, who has scored a remarkable 16 goals in 23 games.
How then, can a side that has time and time again been heralded as one of the world’s best, be so overlooked in one World Cup? The answer is simple: they just aren’t flashy.
The Germans don’t have a ton of hype surrounding their goalkeeper; that would be the Americans’ Tim Howard. They don’t have the best up and coming talent; that would be Colombia’s James Rodríguez. They don’t even have the best player in the world; that would be Argentina’s Lionel Messi. Germany simply has a classy side loaded with great players who have been successful on the world stage before now.
So while every major news station talks about the “demise of Brazil,” the Germans will be busy preparing for Sunday’s final at the Maracanã, a match that they will surely be favored to win.