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World Cup 2014: Predictions For Every Team

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With the kick-off of World Cup 2014 now less than a week away, the excitement is starting to build. Coverage of the event is starting to really pick up, as the footballing world gets ready for the beginning of it’s biggest event of any calendar year. With that in mind, I would like to put forward my predictions for every team and how they will fare, including all the teams who will fall at the group stage hurdle, all the way on to who I predict will be the eventual winners.

Group stage eliminations

Cameroon

The most likely victim of what is a very tough draw, Cameroon seem like long shots to emerge from Group A. Hosts Brazil, potential dark horses Croatia and Mexico make up the rest of the group, and it may well prove too much for Cameroon to claim enough points to sneak in to the knockout stages. An experienced squad led by captain Samuel Eto’o as well as veterans Alex Song and Jean Makoun, Cameroon also boast young defensive talent in Nicolas N’Koulou and Joel Matip. Unfortunately for them, it seems unlikely that they will prove good enough to edge out two of the other teams, and so it looks like three games and out for Cameroon.

Mexico

It looks quite likely that Brazil and Croatia will emerge from this group, especially if the Croatians can get a point in the tournament’s inaugural match. Mexico had a very ugly qualifying campaign to even reach Brazil, finishing fourth in their group, behind the United States, Costa Rica and Honduras. They eventually beat New Zealand comfortably in a play-off, but it does not augur well for them in such a tough group. Still, Mexico boast a very experienced squad, with the likes of Rafael Marquez still around to organise them. If the likes of Javier Hernandez (who has a scoring rate of better than one every two games for his country) catches fire, then maybe they have a shot. But all signs point to an early exit for Mexico.

Australia

Quite frankly, this Australia side has very little chance of emerging from what is probably the group of death. Facing fixtures against reigning World champions Spain, finalists in 2010 in the Netherlands and an up-and-coming Chile side who will fear no one, it’s quite possible the Aussies will be sent packing without a point to their name. While the domestic league’s quality has picked up in recent years (and coverage has increased following the likes of Alessandro del Piero going to play there), the national team is very unlikely to find it’s international breakthrough this time around. They will be competitive and hard to beat, with tough players like Tim Cahill and captain Mile Jedinak, but you shouldn’t expect too much from Australia in Brazil.

Chile

A very hard call, this one. It seems probable that Spain will top group B (although they may well drop points along the way), meaning a dog fight will be left between Chile and the Netherlands for second place. The Dutch first team could arguably be every bit as good as the Spanish one, but the difference in squad depth is stark, which should see the Spaniards emerge above them. That will set up a fascinating final group match between the controlled anarchy of the Chilean side, who can shift seemlessly from 3-4-3 to 4-1-3-2 to 5-3-2 during games, and a Dutch side who are trying to adapt to a new 5-3-2 system. If the Netherlands are able to use that system effectively, and nullify the Chilean stars like Alexis Sanchez and Jorge Valdivia, then Chile may well be the ones to lose out. Chile will also have trouble in their back line, and it may well turn out to be the reason why they fail to qualify from Group B, even though they could arguably have been in the race to win most other groups.

Greece

Defending rigidly in the Brazillian heat will be a tough ask for any team, and Greece will be very reliant on their ability to hold sides out if they are to succeed, so it’s tough to see them going very far. It is ten years now since they famously won Euro 2004 as the ultimate underdogs, but the fact that some of those players are still in the squad says a lot about this team. Giorgios Karagounis may be all heart, but there’s only so far his thirty-seven year old legs will carry him in the sun. The squad is very experienced, but oddly enough not between the sticks, which could cause some issues for them. It’s just hard to see how Greece can score enough to progress in Brazil, with some very bland looking forward options. But that always seems to be the case, and yet they always seem to at least make it this far. But a repeat of 2004 seems unlikely.

Ivory Coast

Several things may strike you when looking at the squad list of the Ivory Coast. The first might be how many big name, big game players are on that list. Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Wilfried Bony. Then it strikes you how old a lot of them are, with both Toure brothers now being over 30 (and Kolo suffering from malaria, before you even consider his poor performances for Liverpool), Drogba 36 and the average age being 27, which includes two young back-up goalkeepers. Although the potential of names flicker, with the likes of Salomon Kalou and the much-hyped Serge Aurier in the squad, overall there appears to be a shortage of top talent, not enough to spread through the first eleven. Maybe the likes of Yaya and Drogba will drag the Ivory Coast through, but it looks like their golden generation will continue to disappoint.

Costa Rica

As unfortunate as it is, there are always a few teams who qualify for the World Cup, but they may not be quite up to the requisite standard. This year, it seems as if Costa Rica may be one. While they did well to qualify automatically, comfortably ahead of Mexico in their group, they have been poorly rewarded, with three tough fixtures against England, Italy and Uruguay. It’s not that they are a bad team. More that those three should all be able to overcome Costa Rica comfortably. Still, they pack talented attackers like Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell, so maybe they can cause one upset in the group. It seems the best they can hope for.

England

A tough call, but they seem to be third best in Group D, behind the Italians and Uruguayans. England seem riddled with problems, even for a side whose nation has by and large taken a giant reality pill regarding their sides international stature. Although they have young talents emerging in the likes of Raheem Sterling and Ross Barkley, it remains to be seen how much of a chance Roy Hodgson is going to give them. Cautious by nature, he may well opt for bigger names or more experienced heads. But the defensive problems that have appeared during the warm-up games are a big worry for England, with no centre back really going out and commadning a place for themselves. And as much as Steven Gerrard earned rave reviews from his deeper defensive position for Liverpool, that was far more down to his range of passing, and the more Liverpool had possession, the less he could be exposed by attackers running at him. With England not likely to enjoy the same kind of possession, the England captain may well be exposed at the World Cup. If England are to go through, it will be because they avoided defeats against Uruguay and Italy, and hoping one beats the other when they play each other.

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Honduras

Honduras seem to be set up as the whipping boys of Group E, where three talented teams in France, Switzerland and Ecuador will be their opponents. Honduras actually played Switzerland in the 2010 World Cup, securing a draw against them which ultimately cost them a place in the knock-out stages, so they will have to be wary of a revenge match in that encounter. They have proven their ability to cause bigger teams bother, but it is unimaginable that they could qualify from this group.

Switzerland

These are good times to be a fan of Swiss football. FC Basel have become a competitive side in Europe, producing numerous talented players such as Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka and, ironically enough, Felipe Caicedo, who will play against the Swiss for Ecuador. All have since moved on, but they have allowed the club money to re-invest in more talented youth players. It is heralding in the good times for the national side, who have always punched above their weight as perennial tournament qualifiers. But it seems qualifying might be all they do this time, as they face tough fixtures against France and Ecuador. The Swiss have a young side, and they will surely be back again, but there is a good chance they will get just edged out this year.

Iran

Iran are another team whose ceiling is qualification. It is an achievement in itself for the country, but they won’t be progressing any further than this. Captain Javad Nekounam had a solid career playing in Spain for years, and at 33 years old his experience will be key to helping his teammates competitive over the tournament. They also boast the explosive winger Ashkan Dejagah, who was a key part of Fulham’s ultimately unsuccesful attempt to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Nigeria

Nigeria, like the Ivory Coast, have some very talented players, as well as some experienced heads to call upon, but it looks as if they will fall just short in quality throughout the squad. The team is very dependant on John Obi Mikel, who actually plays in a much more creative role for his national side, despite his ultra-defensive berth he acquired at Chelsea over the years. If Mikel can sparkle, perhaps the likes of Peter Odemwingie or Emmanuel Emenike can find the back of the net often enough to get Nigeria through, but it looks to be an uphill battle against Argentina, but they will retain hope that they can keep Bosnia and Herzegovina behind them. They do possess a very young, energetic midfield, which will aid them enormously in Brazil.

United States

The United States are perennial qualifiers for World Cups, and as such there squad is littered with players familiar with the experience of playing on the big stage. And while soccer is taking off in America, this squad is pretty average. They will be robust and competitive, and no team will come off the field having taken it easy on the States and been succesful, but a lack of quality looks likely to undo them. They will be dependant on Clint Dempsey to fire them to glory, especially considering what a woeful year Jozy Altidore had at Sunderland. Dempsey is a talent for sure, but it’s hard to expect him to carry the goalscoring burden all by himself.

Ghana

Ghana will be coming into the World Cup desperate to improve on their 2010 outing, where they were defeated on penalties by Uruguay in the quarter-finals, after Luis Suarez handballed on the line to prevent them winning the game. Yet it may prove a slog of a tournament instead, with group games against the U.S., Portugal and Germany the only ones they are guaranteed. Ghana are of course capable of competing and may even prove the doubters wrong and get out of the group, but it is hard to see beyond the two European sides. Still, Ghana boast plenty of talent, with the Ayew brothers from Marseille bolstering the attack alongside Asamoah Gyan and Kevin-Prince Boateng. Sulley Muntari, Kwadwo Asamoah and Michael Essien, all now playing in Italy, will add defensive steel to this side, and they will give every opponent a tough time of it, but may not quite do enough to move forward.

Algeria

It looks like further troubles for African teams in Brazil, as Algeria look like the weakest team in Group H. A solid unit, based on strong defence from the likes of captain Madjid Bougherra and Rafik Halliche, with Hassan Yebda sitting in front. However, it looks as if they will have trouble scoring enough goals, despite the creative talents of Sofiane Feghouli in midfield. Algeria have a predominantly young squad, and all that youthful energy will be needed if they are to make an impact in Brazil. That defense will also have to hold up pretty well, as there forward players are pretty much all unknown quantities.

Russia

Perhaps it’s a slight surprise to see Russia in this part of the list, but I think they will come up short behind South Korea and Belgium. The Russians have an aging squad at this stage, with key contributors like Sergei Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov, Igor Denisov, Alexander Kerzhakov and captain Roman Shirokov all over thirty years old, it may prove one tournament too far for this group of long-serving Russian warriors. A lot will depend on the performances of Alan Dzagoev, who shone so much in their Euro 2012 campaign, but will surely now be a marked man. The Russians have always had something of a leaky defense, and despite the appointment of Fabio Capello, that doesn’t look to have improved dramatically. The energetic South Koreans will run their legs off, and the technically gifted Belgians may well pass them off the park. But it’s not a major international tournament without a relatively unknown Russian player making a name for himself with outstanding performances, so maybe someone will breathe new life into the Russian lungs? It may well be required to avoid failure.

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Round of sixteen
(This is where it starts to get interesting)

The Netherlands

By virtue of finishing second in their group, The Netherlands go from one tough fight to another, as they would then be due to play the hosts Brazil, who should be starting to hit their stride nicely by this point. Louis Van Gaal seems to have imposed himself on the squad, and there seems little evidence of the petty squabbling and in-fighting that has dogged Dutch national sides over the last number of tournaments. Likely to line up in an untraditional 5-3-2, the Netherlands side boasts the usual quantity of talented attackers with Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, but they will be complemented nicely by a team structure with a defensive base behind it. Their first eleven would certainly be a match for Spain in the group stages, but the depth is nowhere close. That should prove their undoing in the group stages, having to settle for second place, and likely elimination against the Brazillians.

Italy

We are starting to see now the advantages of finishing top of the group, and the struggles second-placed sides will have to advance. With Italy finishing second to Uruguay in the group, they will come up against another tough South American side in Colombia in the first knockout round. Italian football seems to consistently churn out the same squad of players with different names for every World Cup. A solid squad with lots of experience and defensive nous, with just enough attacking capabilities to do very well. In fact, this time Italy are blessed with a number of varied but quality striking options in Mario Balotelli, Alessio Cerci, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, along with the ultimate wild-card: Antonio Cassano. Cassano could turn any game on it’s head, but he could just as easily storm out of camp and never even make it onto the pitch. Andrea Pirlo will be as important as ever, but at thirty-five years of age, in that heat and, against top opposition, having to play at a faster tempo than he is used to in Juventus, will the old dog be able to perform as well as he needs to? Italy’s progress could easily come down to it. They won’t go down easy, but Colombia should put an end to Italy’s run in 2014.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

The beneficiaries of a relatively weak group (aside from Argentina), Bosnia and Herzegovina should be able to make it to the round of sixteen. A solid side through the middle, with Asmir Begovic in goal behind a competent back four led by captain Emir Spahic. They have no shortage of flair and creativity coming from midfield, with Miralem Pjanic, Senad Lulic and Sejad Selahovic all capable of doing damage when in possession. Any team with that kind of creative rung feeding ball to Edin Dzeko will have a chance of doing well, and Dzeko could well be the death knell for several teams this summer. Ultimately though, France should be able to best them in the round of sixteen match, although a surprise really shouldn’t be ruled out.

Belgium

A team hotly tipped to go far in the World Cup, it may be a surprise to see Belgium listed amongst those exiting after the round of sixteen. My prediction is that they will come undone in the group stage against a very talented South Korean side, and as runners up will be facing Germany in the first knockout round. There is no doubting that Belgium boast a lot of talent, as can be seen from the sheer number of household name players who have emerged there in recent years. Courtois, Kompany, Witsel, Hazard, Mirallas, Lukaku…. aren’t these guys going all the way? I doubt it. There are some sizeable problems with this impressive Belgian side. First is a question of form, one that hovers over a lot of the other big name players in the squad. Jan Vertonghen was part of a porous Spurs defence. Thomas Vermaelen only played when injury or suspension earned him a role. Marouane Fellaini was the scapegoat for Manchester United’s poor season, but his awful performances were the reason for that. And these are players who will be key to Belgium’s team. Vertonghen and Vermaelen might even have to play out of position as full-backs, as that is one area where this golden generation was not blessed. Maybe it’s an overreaction to think they’ll be eliminated early because of no full-backs, but they are important in the modern game. Worse, centre backs on the flanks are prime candidates to be exploited for pace. Also, the loss of Christian Benteke will place a lot of the burden for scoring on Romelu Lukaku’s very raw shoulders. If, as I predict, they are runner-up in the group stages, then they meet Germany- and then they go home.

Croatia

Croatia boast a number of top players capable of illuminating the pitches of Brazil in the coming weeks, with talented midfield playmakers in Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, as well as the exciting Ivan Perisic and talented youngster Mateo Kovacic, who made a big money move to Inter Milan last summer. Sadly for them though, they have been handed a pretty tough road map for advancement in the World Cup. They play Brazil in the tournament’s opening game, and if they don’t manage to pull off an ambush, they look destined to meet Spain in the first knockout round, which is likely to be the knockout blow for the Croats. They have a strong squad and are capable of turning over some of the big boys, but lack a prolific goalscorer who could make the difference. For the Brazil match, their best option of Mario Mandzukic will be suspended, leaving them with forward options of Ivica Olic, Eduardo or Nikica Jelavic, none of whom have a great record of goalscoring at international level.

Japan

Japan should escape from the group stage, albeit behind a strong Colombian side. This should set up a fascinating tussle between them and Uruguay in the round of sixteen. The Japanese team play with ferocious, frenetic attacking style, and that has seen them reach the round of sixteen in two of the last three World Cups. The likes of Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa will make this a very exciting team to watch, as will there leaky defence, which should ensure plenty of high scoring games featuring Japan. They may well be another team who is a quality finisher away from having a really good run this year, with Shinji Okazaki likely to be the teams focal point. The Mainz man has a return of one goal every two games for Japan, and if he can put a few away, then maybe Japan can go a step or two further.

Ecuador

The South American side should have enough about them to get out of the group, but again, most likely in second-place. Their reward for that will be a very difficult game against Argentina, which will be quite the mountain to climb for them to progress to the quarter-finals. A well balanced team with a nice blend of experience and youth, steely defenders and flying wingers, Ecuador will be looking to leave their mark on the World Cup. The South American side will likely benefit from the conditions, and if the (unrelated) Valencia’s can get going, they will have a chance. But if they wind up against a superior Argentina side in the knockout rounds, they’ll be in big trouble.

South Korea

South Korea will arrive at the 2014 World Cup with one of the youngest squads of any team, with defender Kwak Tae-Hwi the only member of their panel over thirty years of age. With a great deal of freshness in their legs, the South Koreans will likely be playing some barnstorming, high-octane football, which will compensate somewhat for the overall lack of experience. They are the only team I picked to top their group who will fail to advance to the quarter-finals, but that is largely because they would then play a Portugal side who seem to be bred with the know-how to always advance to a tournament’s latter stages. The South Koreans will give it a ferocious effort, but the step-up in class with Ronaldo and co. should make the difference.rakitic

Quarter-finalists

Colombia

Colombia have a really strong side. Playing an expansive 4-2-2-2, with attacking full backs in Pablo Armero and Juan Camilo Zuniga, both who will have to be well marshalled as they provide a lot of the teams width, although Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina is a flying winger too. Fredy Guarin and James Rodriguez, a potential break-out star of this World Cup, will pull the strings in midfield, and although Radamel Falcao is a huge loss to the side, they can still depend on Jackson Martinez to bang in the goals. Goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon will also be the oldest player to ever participate in a World Cup, as he turns 43 during the tournament. A lot of the players there aren’t huge names, but Colombia will make life tough for any team who crosses their paths in Brazil. But they will encounter Brazil themselves in the quarter finals, and that may prove a bridge too far for this exciting side.

France

As much as anything, France simply need to put in a good showing this time to restore some national dignity on the big stage. Such was the debacle in the 2010 World Cup, France manager Didier Deschamps has been forced to omit Samir Nasri from his squad for the sake of team cohesion. Still, France have a solid, up-and-coming squad featuring a lot of young defenders with big reputations in Raphael Varane, Eliaquim Mangala and Lucas Digne. They have seemingly endless creative midfielders available, with Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Valbuena and Paul Pogba, as well as tricky wingers in Antoine Griezmann and, of course, Franck Ribery. The Bayern man could do with shining on the grand stage available to him, if he is to get any closer to claiming the Ballon D’or. Main striker Karim Benzema has come under a lot of criticism for both his club and his country, so he may well have a chip on his shoulder. Ultimately though, if they end up meeting the Germans in the quarter-finals, the French may well be sent packing, albeit with a more respectable return this time around.

Uruguay

As with all other teams who will reach the latter stages of the World Cup, Uruguay are a force to be reckoned with. Any team who can pick a front three of Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Diego Forlan already have more than enough firepower to beat whoever the opposition is. Propped up by a sturdy rearguard full of experienced pros and a midfield full of dogged workhorses, Uurguay have seemingly enough that they could go all the way. So why won’t they? Well, assuming they edge out Italy for the top spot, then get past Japan in the round of sixteen, they will have had to expend a lot of effort to reach the quarter finals. With a squad blessed with a sprinkling of class, but largely a hard-working squad of older men, the last thing they need to come up against is Spain. But that is what’s likely in their future. With injury concerns over Suarez, the relatively poor form of Cavani in the second half of the season, and Forlan not being the player he once was, do Uruguay really have the capability to knock off the reigning World Champions? Probably not. Their coach, Oscar Tabarez, is renowned for his tactical flexibility, but he’ll have to pull quite a formation out of the bag to beat Spain.

Portugal

Almost always succesful in the European Championships, and consistent performers in the World Cup, this Portugal side have been there and done it all before. A solid side who simply do not leak a lot of goals, while boasting arguably the most dangerous attacker on the planet, Portugal are well set up. And don’t believe that this doesn’t mean a lot to Cristiano Ronaldo. If he could claim a World championship, while simultaneously preventing Lionel Messi from doing so, it would be the crowning achievement for the supremely talented Real Madrid star, and one that would add immensely to his legacy. Unfortunately for him, Portugal do not really possess a second star player who teams must also account for. The reliance on Ronaldo to make or score the goals for Portugal is more than falls on any other player in a top national side. And, although he may personally cause carnage amongst the Argentinian defenders in the quarter final, it seems likely that Messi’s side will have too much for the Portuguese, eliminating them en route to the semis.

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Semi-finalists

Brazil

Controversial, undoubtedly. Brazil are the host nation. They claimed the Confederations Cup last summer, on their own soil. They have big name, expensive stars at every position, and several who won’t even be first choice. And the Brazilian people expect them to lift the trophy after the final match. But I don’t see it that way.Julio Cesar will be looking to atone for sins of his past, when he was blamed for Brazil’s early exit in 2010. He should be solid. A defence consisting of Thiago Silva and David Luiz, flanked by Dani Alves and Marcelo (when they aren’t overlapping Neymar and Hulk) looks very good. But, in amongst it all, there is an element of doubt that such a group can go the whole tournament without giving up a calamitous goal or two. It is still Brazil, after all. They have the solid midfield base, and the wide men should join with Oscar and Fred to complete the attack. But Oscar looked shattered for much of the second half of the season at Chelsea, while Fred is just not the classic overwhelming Brazilian centre forward that all great Brazil teams have had. I’m not saying Brazil are a bad side, they obviously are not. But it seems as if there flaws may just line up together at the wrong time, allowing Germany to advance to the final in their place.

Spain

No point in easing up on the controversy now. Spain have won the last three major international competitions they have taken part in. Two European Championship victories and the 2010 World Cup. And while it would be harsh to say you can’t see them winning a fourth in a row, they can’t extend a reign of dominance indefinitely. Legs are starting to tell. The wheel has fallen off the Barcelona bandwagon, as Xavi and Andres Iniesta advance in years. Likewise, David Villa, arguably the main goal threat of recent competitions, is well ensconced in his thirties now. Admittedly Real Madrid won the Champions League, but their four top attacking players were Welsh, Argentinian, Portuguese and French. No, the new blood being pumped into the Spanish team will come from Atletico Madrid, who came from a relative nowhere to win La Liga. And, while they only provide three players to the squad, they should all be important ones, in Juanfran the right-back, Koke the playmaker and, most importantly, Diego Costa, the goalscorer. If Costa can get over his injury problems, he will provide a physical presence up front who will hound down defenders when out of possesion. Spain have all manner of different weapons and will surely dominate possesion against all comers, but I predict that the World Cup’s ultimate wild-card team, Argentina, will knock them out in the semi-finals, overpowering their ragged defence once too often for the Spaniards to cope with.

Runner-up

Argentina

It has been a rough couple of decades for the Argentinian football followers. They haven’t won the Copa America since the early 90’s. They haven’t gotten beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup since 1990. And yet they produce endless supplies of supremely talented players, of all shapes and sizes, with all kinds of talents and abilities. They just haven’t been able to get it together for the national team. They produce wonderful goals, but not wonderful teams. There is certainly a touch of lunacy in them, best seen during the years when Diego Maradona was the manager. Yet, look at the squad they have available for this year’s World Cup, and you might just shiver. Lionel Messi, captain. Sergio Aguero. Gonzalo Higuain. Ezequiel Lavezzi. Rodrigo Palacio. All top footballers who have made their mark on the European club game. And those are just the forwards. Angel Di Maria, the dribbling wonder. Javier Mascherano, the mad dog defensive midfielder. Pablo Zabaleta, the model of consistency who survived and thrived in the mad house of Manchester City. Fernando Gago, the midfield lynchpin, on who so much depends. A fit and firing Gago is possibly the making or breaking of this Argentine side. You could say their defence is not good enough. You could say they don’t have a system in which they can get the best out of all their attackers. You could say they could just as easily fall out at the group stage as go all the way. All true, particularly the last one. Anything could happen with Argentina. They will fancy their chances of knocking out at least one of the footballing superpowers. But they may well fall just one step short.

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Winners

Germany

Truth be told, they were not my first pick to win the competition. Then I looked at the draw and thought, solid old Germany, good for a run to the semi’s. Then I looked at their squad. I suggest you do the same. It is very hard to make a reasoned argument against Philip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Marco Reus. You could make an empassioned argument, sure, but not a reasonable one. Germany simply have too much talent bursting through their seams to not make the most impressive impact on this competition. Is there a somewhat suspect defence? Possibly. But they do have Manuel Neuer behind them, one of the world’s most impressive goalkeepers. And how much will their defence really be tested? Those midfield players, along with all the rest I didn’t even mention, may well hog the ball so much that teams never even see the whites of Neuer’s eyes. Obviously they will come under more and more pressure as the quality of opposition increases. But these players have pedigree. They have so many players capable of winning a game on their own, that some of them will surely go and do just that. Much has been made of their decision to bring only one classic centre forward in Miroslav Klose, the very experienced poacher. But any one of Muller, Reus, Lukas Podolski, Andre Schurrle, Mario Gotze or Julian Draxler could play the centreal role just as well. The options available to the Germans, from top to bottom, are so complete that they are prepared for any situation. And that may well lead to Philip Lahm lifting the trophy in July.

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