Team Profile: Germany

June 5, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Industrious, hard working, physical, lucky. All lexis that you could use to describe German teams over the last thirty years. The first two are certainly still good word choices, but the next two? Not so much. Sure you could still use physical, but it is a different type of physical this time. Faster and agile rather than powerful. Germany have arguably the most exciting team in Poland and the Ukraine. Young, talented and full of attacking flair.

They qualified with ten wins from ten games, steamrolling their opponents which included the tricky Turks and an exciting Belgium team. They scored 34 goals in those ten games, proving their attacking threat.

They find themselves in the difficult group B playing World Cup finalists Holland, under-achieving yet still dangerous Portugal, and a Denmark team whose line is lead by the self proclaimed world’s best striker Nicklas Bendtner.

They should get out of the group, but the match against the Dutch will be one of the games of the group stages (watch it be a dull 0-0 now). Whoever wins that will most likely top the group and get a fairly straight forward tie against the winners of the weak group A. You would imagine they would comfortably get through to the semi-finals.

If you look at their players, it is not hard to see why they are so highly rated. Their squad seemingly has no weakness. You need a solid goalkeeper. and in Manuel Neuer, they have the best keeper in the world. He will be key in their success, it could come down to penalties, and although he was on the losing team in Munich in May, few would like to face him in a shootout.

Defensively, they have the superb Phillipp Lahm and Mats Hummels, but it is in midfield that they really get exciting. Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger provide the typical German midfield - physical -, but then you have the flair and technique of Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze; all young and supremely talented. Ozil lit the 2010 World Cup up with his brilliance, he set up over fifty goals for Real Madrid this season, and even if he doesn’t find his form, they can still look to Kroos and Gotze to provide assists and goals. Up front, Mario Gomez has had another great season and he will lead the line’ although Joachim Low has plenty of other options in tournament favourite Miroslav Klose, Arsenal-bound Lukas Podolski and Champions League final goal scorer Thomas Muller.

You cannot deny that is a seriously talented squad.

 

So the big question is, can they win it? Simply put, yes. They are my tip to end Spain’s dominance of the last four years. They have the talent and if they can handle the expectation. They have a real chance of taking home the trophy.

KEY PLAYER: Mesut Ozil

FINISHING POSITION: Winners

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