Manager: Joachim Low
Captain: Phillipp Lahm
Star Player: Mesut Orzil
Bio: The Germans are the most successful team in the history of the European Championships and I expect them to be again. They have one hell of a side to take to Poland and the Ukraine. This team could run riot here and should be one of the teams to watch. The likes of Orzil, Lahm, Gomez and Podolski will be joined by the young guns like Gotze, Kroos, Muller and Hummels. There is not a weak player in the squad. The only concern that I have for Germany is the lack of depth up front. Its Clear they will play a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gomez being the lone striker. This in itself is not a problem but if Gomez isn’t scoring they only have Klose to come in and try. THATS IT!!!! They only called up 2 strikers. I know Podolski can play up front and Orzil, Kroos, Muller and Gotze can play a support striker role but they are not lone strikers so that would mean a change in style. The one thing the Germans will have is an amazing midfield. They not only boast all the players above but the likes of Khedira and Schweinsteiger in the more defensive roles with Lars Bender , Marco Reus and Schurrle of Leverkusen to come in if needed.
I watched the Defeat to Switzerland on Saturday and as rubbish as the Germans were the Swiss we brilliant. Add to that the fact that none of the Bayern lads played it shows you why the Germans got over ran. No Gomez, Kroos, Muller, Lahm, Boateng, Neuer, Badstuber, or Schweinsteiger in Switzerland. I think these guys would improve every squad in the world not just international.
Its not just the names that makes me think that the Germans have this in their own hands. The form of players like Gomez, Neuer and Orzil is unreal. Orzil was increadable for Real Madrid this season and Gomez scored goals for fun for Bayern. Dortmund won the German League and a few of their guys are in the squad. Hummels and Gotze are the 2 players that will become household names during this Euro in the way that Orzil was in the World Cup. Hummels is a brilliant young centre back who plays better than his years suggest. I remember watching the under 21 final between England and Germany in 2009. Theo Wallcott was meant to be the man of the tournament but Hummels stopped him every single time. He was everywhere. I knew from that game that he was going to become a world beater and he is firmly on his way. He has 2 German League titles since he left Bayern Munich for Dortmund.
Ive looked up the finalists from that final in 2009 and these are the players who are in the full squad now. Neuer, Howedes, Boateng, Hummels, Khedira and Orzil. In the same final only Theo and Milner are in England squad. I know the Germans won but still they are really pushing though the next generation of German footballer. 15 of this side is under 25 and most are under 24.
The group is hard. They are not going to walk over anybody in the group but they could still win all 3 games. Portugal, Holland and Denmark will be hard to beat but I would expect the Germans to win the group. The depth in the midfield and defence is brilliant but again 2 injuries could ruin the entire Euro. If Gomez and Klose were not able to play it puts the Germans in a really sticky place and I don’t know if they can get out of that. As an England fan I dislike the fact that the Germans look so good but as a football fan I cant wait to see them play. I think I would watch this side play Latvia (sorry Latvia I mean no offence) but Portugal and Holland matches should be instant classics. Im not ruling out Germany being knocked out as early as the Group stage but I would expect that this team will be expected in the finals. For me the only team that can beat them is Spain and that would be really really close.