Coach: Joachim Low
The four-time world champions and the team that has 12 medals at the World Cups was furious in the previous tournament, winning it without a single defeat and destroying the hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals, so all the opponents have every reason to be afraid of the machine such is Germany. This is Germany’s 19th appearance at the World Cup and they failed to advance to the second round on just one occasion, in 1938 in France, and since 2002 in South Korea and Japan, the Germans won medals.
Germany was drawn in the Group F together with the former Confederations Cup winners Mexico, Sweden, and the former Asian Cup winners South Korea, and Joachim Low’s men will likely secure the top spot in the group, while Mexico and Sweden should fight for the second place. Germany is currently the highest-ranked team on the planet, positioned in the 1st place in the FIFA world rankings, Mexico is in the 15th place, Sweden is in the 23rd position, while South Korea is the worst-ranked team in the 61st spot.
Without mentioning a single individual in this part, I would like to stress the German persistence, unity, and compactness as their biggest virtues. They proved many times including in the previous World Cup in Brazil that even they didn’t have a superstar in the squad like the Portuguese or the Brazilians have, the team spirit is what actually counts and all of 11 players on the pitch are playing as one. That’s why I like to call them robots or the machine, where every single player knows his role in the team, and 11 of them are creating the unbeaten force.
After all I said in the past paragraph, I would be contradictable if I highlight some of the weaknesses because, to be honest, there aren’t any. The DFB Eleven is extremely strong in all four parts of the team, so it is hard not only for me but for their rivals, to find that weak spot and take advantage of it. This team is practically flawless and only a run of bad luck could prevent them from winning another World Cup here.
To Reach Semi-Finals: +100
To Reach Quarter-Finals: -200
Group Qualifying Yes/No: -1200/+700
Group Phase Matches:
Germany’s player to watch
In the sea of excellent players, I had troubles of picking one individual but I am going with Thomas Müller who is the talisman of this team and is the top scorer with 38 goals in 90 appearances. Muller is well-known as a player who doesn’t have a strict position on the pitch and he can play as a striker, semi-striker or attacking midfielder write equal success. He doesn’t have any specialty in particular but at the same time, he knows everything, especially to be in the right place at the right time, and that’s what is very interesting about this player.
Muller had another excellent season for his boyhood club Bayern Munich, scoring 15 goals along with 18 assists in 44 appearances as he got to a number of 100 Bundesliga goals in the process. There is nothing extraordinary about his playing style and he’s only a part of that machine I mentioned earlier, but Muller can easily turn out to be the player of the tournament in Russia.
Germany’s World Cup 2018 Prediction
Qualifying to the Round of 16 should be a breeze for the Germans, and with the presumption that Brazil also finishes at the top of their group, Germany will likely have an easy job in the 1/8 finals as well. I don’t even think they will have issues in the quarter-finals, so anything less than the semis would be disappointing for the team of this quality.