With the World Cup imminent, GhanaFans.com analyzes the teams Ghana faces in the group stage of football’s biggest tournament; we take a brief look at Germany’s World Cup history, qualification and preparations for the finals, key men, strengths and weaknesses.
Germany National Football Team (Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft)
World Cup History: Germany is one of the most successful national teams when it comes to the World Cup. Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft (the Germany national football team) has made impressively 18 out of a possible 20 (including this year) appearances at the World Cup, in which they have gone past the quarter-finals in all but the 1962 World Cup. The Germans have won football’s greatest prestige 3 times; in 1954, 1974 and 1990 and have settled in for the runner-up spot on 4 different occasions. They are the only team in this group to have ever tasted glory in the World Cup. Germany had the honor of hosting the World Cup in 1974, beating Netherlands by 2-1 to claim victory on home turf.
Brazil 2014 Qualification And Preparation: Germany qualified from the UEFA Group C which included Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Kazakhstan. They came out winners and hence had direct qualification to the 2014 World Cup, racking up 28 points from 10 games and finding the net 36 times. Germany played 4 friendly games so far this year against Chile, Poland,Cameroon and Armenia as they prepare for the major tournament. They beat Chile and Armenia 1-0 and 6-1 respectively. The games against Poland and Cameroon ended in 1-1 and 2-2 draws respectively. Germany will take on Portugal in their first game in the Brazil 2014 World Cup on June 16.
Germany National Football Team Training Session
Strengths And Weaknesses: Germany is certainly one of the best teams in the world but they do have shortcomings of their own. This is a team which attacks from the center and are very good at shooting from long ranges. The Germans are good at protecting a lead; however their straightforward attacking nature does not give room for attacks down the left, where most teams are left vulnerable. They cannot fully exploit on taking set-pieces and scoring from headers are hence difficult from this team.
PHILIPP LAHM: Nicknamed the ‘Magic Dwarf’, the 31-year-old comes to World Cup in top form. Yet another impressive season saw him play a vital role in Bayern Munich’s record-breaking season which included wrapping up the Bundesliga in as early as March. The ‘most intelligent player’ according to Pep Guardiola, is adept at using both feet, which makes him a versatile player with the ability to play anywhere from the midfield through to the defense. The youngest player to ever captain the German national team is set to make his third appearance at the World Cup.
THOMAS MULLER: The 24-year-old’s versatility allows him to be deployed in various attacking roles. An attacking midfielder, a winger, a second striker and a full forward are some of the roles he has played. Müller is prolific in front of goal and was joint top goalscorer in South Africa 2010. He is keen on winning yet another this year. The Bayern Munich midfielder/forward is set to make his second World Cup appearance.
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