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Jun 8, 2014

Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer. Rick Pitino

Germany lands in Brazil as one of the clear favourites to win the 2014 World Cup. They did suffer a set back in the form of Marco Reus injury. Any team will miss a player like Reus, that's a fact without any question. But with the kind of depth Germany has, his injury may not matter much at all. The squad strength of the current German World cup squad will give shivers to opponent coaches. They have so many options and quality players in every position other than the forward. It's puzzled many who have followed the German youth set up. Germany is struggling to find quality strikers to fill in the squad. Out of the all squad in World Cup, they could be the only one with proper center forward, an ageing Miraslav Klose. The personal feud between Stefan Kießling and coach Joachim Löw is not helping either. Will this deficiency hurt German at the World Cup?

Last World cup was the breaking out edition for the German youth set up. No one clearly knew the strength of the many youngsters in the squad in South Africa. So when they started to destroy teams in the South African summer we all were slightly caught off guard. But a lot of people agreed at that point, whatever Germany achieves in Africa is only a bonus for the future. The clear show of strength was expected in the European Championship in Ukraine and Poland. There were Germany was destined for greatness till they encountered the genius nature of Mario Balotelli. Balotelli had to fire one match and Germany was really unfortunate to see him chose their match to do that. So in this World Cup, greatness will be naturally expected. The squad selected for World 2014 by Joachim Löw is:

GoalKeepers: Manuel Neuer, Ron-Robert Zieler, Roman Weidenfeller.
Defenders: Kevin Großkreutz, Matthias Ginter, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Erik Durm, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Jérôme Boateng, Shkodran Mustafi.
Midfielders: Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Özil, André Schürrle, Thomas Müller, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mario Götze, Christoph Kramer.
Forwards: Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski.

There is nine defenders in the squad which is way too much for my liking and compared to other squads. Even Reus' replacement is another defender. Looking at the squad it is clear that they have a huge deficit interms of strikers. They simply can't find one to save their lives at the moment. Joachim Löw may go with a formation without any striker and use Klose as a back up. The key will be to use the midfielders like Muller, Ozil etc take up the goal scoring job. I have to admit that Germany squad is the most attacking one in the tournament. Even their defenders are pretty good in organising the attack. So there is no point in holding back, just simply go for the broke. The most important players in the squad is Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm. Without Schweinsteiger's brilliant performance Germany will struggle to maintain balance. It was clearly seen in their last Friendly against Armenia where it was a totally different German side after he came on.

Germany open their campaign against Portugal. It's not such an easy group with Ghana and United States competing in there. But it would be a great surprise to see them not topping the Group. The attacking force Germany possess makes it one of the most exciting team to watch out for this summer. Will they go all the way or is there another Balotelli waiting for them around the corner?

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