Will Germany able to show why they ‘world champion’, The current FIFA champion Germany is heading Euro 2016 on a cold streak. Usually the norm for Die Mannschaft (Germany) that it ends up making a deep run. However, the German team had a long European season and also some its players suffered key injuries, so can Die Mannschaft win the European title again for which they had been waiting for 20 years noting that they had a tough qualifying campaign and the star player are injured.
Franz Beckenbauer, a former football player also called a football legend of Germany, said millions of fans believes German squad is one of the favorites team to win Euro 2016. The present German coach Joachim Low has been giving his services to the team since 2006.
Will Germany able to show why they ‘world champion’
He has helped the national team to reach two finals, at Euro 2008 (lost 1-0 to Spain). And also lead the team to 2014 World Cup as the winning one.
Marco Reus Out of 23-man squad of Germany
Attacking mid-fielder Marco Reus has ruled out from the final 23-man squad for Euro 2016. The manager Joachim Low has not selected Reus, a Borussia Dortmund midfielder, after advice from his medical staff. Die Mannschaft’s the mid-fielder is having a groin problem and won’t be participating in France this summer. He had played an important role in Euro 2012 where Germany had finished up at the third place.
Schweinsteiger first major challenge as a captain
Bastian Schweinsteiger, a 31-year- old central mid-fielder, who became the captain in 2014 would be leading the team first time in Euro 2016, this is the first major challenge for him.
But there is doubt on his credential as he not played any match since March.
German’s qualifying campaign
It was a tumultuous campaign for Germany to get qualified for the Euro. It was struggling against the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Poland but they still won Group D by one point over Poland to reach Euro 2016. The Republic of Ireland defeated Germany in Euro qualifiers by 1-0. But by the two bold goals of Thomas Muller, Germany able to win against Scotland in a crucial game by 3-2. The team had also got victory over Poland by 3-1 and finished at the first spot with 19 points.
The campaign of Die Mannschaft (Germany) is hampered by injuries. Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger and Turkish club Galatasaray’s Lukas Podolski are not in the form they once were. But they are experienced and can lead and electrify the whole team. The German team also possess a balanced attack. German forward Thomas Muller is a well-rounded forward,Turkish club Beşiktaş’ striker Mario Gomez is a goal-scoring poacher, Mario Gotze has always played good for his country and Mesut Ozil’s vision is world class.
Defence remains a headache for the Germans. However, it’s worth noting that Germany had won the 2014 World Cup by starting four centre-backs. Central defender Benedikt Howedes along with Jonas Hector, a proper full back, will flank Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. There will be one natural wide player on the back line, but with Hummels’ fitness issues, Joachim Low may have a selection headache.
Chances of Germany in Euro
Germany had made a place at least in the semi-final at any tournament in recent times. But anything less than an appearance in the final would be a disappointment for the world champion. The team is well organised and they have big match winners, Germany will be looking for to win the Euro 2016.
German squad for Euro 2016
Forwards: Mario Goetze, Mario Gomez, Andre Schuerrle, Lukas Podolski
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Hoewedes, Emre Can, Jonas Hector, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Ruediger
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer
Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane, Bastian Schweinsteiger