Germany World Cup Team Preview
Odds to Win World Cup: +1200
With a ton of experience under their belts, the Germans enter South Africa with high hopes of winning the World Cup. However, without Michael Ballack, it is a real question whether or not Germany can really make enough noise to warrant being considered a contender.
How They Got Here: Ten matches against subpar competitors was no big deal for Germany in qualification in Europe for the '10 World Cup. The only times that the Germans ended up not taking a full three points from matches came against Finland, as they only managed draws of 3-3 and 1-1 against the Fins. However, efforts against Russia, Wales, Azerbaijan, and Liechtenstein were of no troubles whatsoever.
Player to Watch: Bayern Munich F Miroslav Klose is going to most likely wear the captain's armband in the absence of Ballack, and why not? He has scored 48 goals for Team Germany, the third highest in the history of German soccer, and he has done so in just 93 international matches. It is conceivable that Klose will pass Joachim Streich in this tournament if Germany can get deep into it. He scored seven times in eight qualifying matches, including a hat trick against Finland in the aforementioned 3-3 draw in Helsinki.
Previous World Cup Experience: Germany has made it to the World Cup 16 times in its illustrious history, winning the tournament three times. The most recent was in 1990, though the team put on a great showing in its home country in 2006, finishing in third place. Some form of the German team has been in every World Cup except for 1930 and 1950, and they have reached the World Cup Final seven times, which ties them for the most finals appearances with Brazil.
Key to Advancing: This is a rather weak group that the Germans are going to run up against, so the key is going to be reacting to life without Ballack. Even if nothing but a reserve side were to play the three opening matches, it would most likely ultimately end with no less than seven points. The key for Germany is going to be staying out of trouble with cards and keeping healthy, and advancement should be a given.
Predictions: Pardon the Germans for already looking forward to a date with either the United States or England in the Round of 16 in this tournament. This is going to be the first real test for Germany, as it won't receive this type of a stern test at any point in the group stage. It's hard to see advancement beyond that first knockout round, but if by my chance it does, Germany is going to be a tough team to eliminate with its offensive weapons at its disposal. Still, we tend to believe that the runner up in Group C has the ability to take the Germans out prematurely.
Round 1 Schedule
Germany vs. Australia (June 13th, 2:30 PM ET, Durban)
German vs. Serbia (June 18th, 7:30 AM ET, Nelson Mandela Bay)
Ghana vs. Germany (June 23rd, 2:30 PM ET, Johannesburg)
All Odds for 2010 World Cup from Brobury Sports
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