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FIFA World Cup preview: Germany

Germany is the reigning FIFA World Cup champion and is looking very likely to be amongst the top contenders again.
This squad went a perfect 10-0 in qualification with a European record 43 goals, but went quiet after that.
Draws against England, France and Spain and a loss to Brazil has rattled the confidence of this squad with midfielder midfielder Toni Kroos saying: "We’re not as good as we’re made out to be, or as some think we are".
Star goalkeeper Manuel Neuer returns from injury for this campaign and in reality, Germany could probably field two sides capable of pressing for the Cup.
Their group holds no terrors and Germany should sweep their opposition aside, building much-needed confidence ahead of the knockout stages.

The draw for Germany

Mexico, June 18
Sweden, June 24
South Korea, June 28

The star player

It truly is hard to single out one player in this roster.
Timo Werner and Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller are lethal up front, centre back pairing Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng will thwart plenty of raids and Neuer returns as the last line of defence. There has been some turnover in the ranks, but the skill and talent is still here in spades for Germany.

What needs to go right

That patch of indifferent form after qualification wasn't great, but it has likely lit a fire under Germany.
Complacency won't be an issue as Germany will be looking to show they are better than those results suggest.
If they can get back to the sort of form that got them to the FIFA World Cup in the first place, Germany will be hard to stop.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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