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Analysis Germany World Cup 2014 Squad

How would Germany play? 

Style & creation: Blessed with significantly more energy than numerous Germany sides of the past, their liquid 4-2-3-1 is underpinned by Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira - as of late back from a long haul damage - mooring the side from the base of midfield.


In front of them lies inventive support Mesut Ozil, who is liable to be flanked by Thomas Muller in addition to one from various different choices. Marco Reus, a possible starter, withdrew through damage on 7 June.

Qualities: They have an inconceivable cluster of striking midfielders that certification goals. Manuel Neuer can lay case to being the world's best goalkeeper and Philipp Lahm, whatever position he plays in, brings smoothness and strategic nous alongside his bad habit commander Schweinsteiger. The free-scoring Muller has an extremely valuable talent of being in the ideal spot at the correct time.

Shortcomings: More than you'd envision. Left-back is an issue for mentor Joachim Low, while the barrier overall has been permeable recently and was given a torrid time by Chile's development in an agreeable in March. Khedira and Schweinsteiger have had damage hit seasons and can Ozil shake off his Arsenal torpor?

Miroslav Klose is only one goals short of Ronaldo's unequaled World Cup finals count of 15, yet turning 36 methods his forces are most likely on the wind down.

Key player 

Philipp Lahm was depicted by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola this season as "the most keen player I've ever guided". The best right-back in Europe in the course of the most recent decade has made a consistent move this season under the Bayern manager into the Sechser (sixer) position in midfield and may well do the same for Germany.

One to watch 

Borussia Dortmund's Erik Durm has been converted from a forward into a full-once more throughout the most recent year, and his club supervisor Jurgen Klopp has called him a "remarkable ability".

Favored with extraordinary stamina and pace, 22-year-old Durm has usurped Marcel Schmelzer at left-once more for club and nation.

The manager 

In charge since 2006, Joachim Low marked another contract until 2016 not long ago yet the weight is on to win a trophy after some anguishing close misses. His win rate is the most noteworthy of any Germany chief.

How they qualified 

Germany easily finished their qualifying gathering, just dropping focuses in a strange 4-4 draw with Sweden - having headed 4-0. They scored 36 times in 10 matches, with seven of their ambushing players totalling three goals or more.

World Cup record 

Germany have arrived at the last seven times, winning for the third time in 1990.

Runners-up in 2002, they were third in 2006 and 2010.

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