Six reasons why Germany will win the 2014 World Cup
The Germans will take all the beating when they line up against Argentina in the World Cup final
July 11th, 2014
With the World Cup now down to two finalists, it’s interesting to look at how far this German side has come and how good a team they actually are.
With quality throughout their ranks, they have what it takes to beat the Argentines who have not played particularly brilliantly.
Here are six reasons why Die Mannschaft will be crowned kings of the world…
1) The German Machine
Like the impressive Audi cars that they manufacture, this German side seems to be a well-oiled machine. From goalkeeper to forward they work together as a unit, with a specific style of play that the Argentines will find hard to break down and hard to keep out.
2) Manuel Neuer
Described as a ‘man-mountain’ by BBC commentators, the Bayern Munich goalkeeper is everything you want in a stopper: a talented, confident leader. Neuer is a contender for Player of the Tournament, with his sweeper-keeper role undoubtedly one of the highlights of Germany’s tournament so far.
3) They have been waiting for this moment
This group of players are all maturing at the right time; in 2010 many of them were the young guns of the World Cup but now they’re looking like superstars. There is no better time than now for the likes of Kroos, Hummels, Khedira and Müller alongside the experience of Lahm, Schweinsteiger and of course Miroslav Klose – the new all-time top goalscorer in the World Cup finals.
4) They have Thomas Müller
Thomas Müller has won a lot at club level and is now focused on steering his team towards international glory. Müller still isn’t classed as a ‘traditional’ striker but his clinical finishing has him outscoring ‘traditional’ strikers around the world. He has been phenomenal at international level and he’s the man I believe will score past Argentina.
5) They don’t miss penalties
As the legend goes, Germans don’t miss penalties. Of course this is a myth, but they do have a perfect track record in World Cup shootouts, winning four out of four since being involved in the first ever one in the 1982 semi-final against France. Their efficiency has teams worried about facing them in a shootout, and I feel if it goes all the way on Sunday then it will be Germany lifting the trophy.
6) They destroyed Brazil
We all thought Brazil vs Germany would be a tasty encounter and a close battle for both teams. It was in no way close but at least it was a visual spectacle! As a nation was stunned into silence, Germany ran riot in destroying Brazil 7-1.
It was 5-0 in the first half and the game was already won, but a stellar performance by the Germans was made to look even better by a shocking display by Brazil. It really looked like a game of men against boys as the Germans dictated play throughout, punishing their opposition ruthlessly for every mistake they made. If they can find the same form against Argentina I can only see it going one way.
If Germany play to their potential I can’t see Argentina being able to keep them out. They have found the excellent combination of a strong defence and ruthless attack, meaning it is difficult for any team to find a chink in their armour. My money is on Germany to lift the trophy.
Disclaimer: Please disregard all of the above if Lionel Messi has the game of his life.