Germany World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Been ruthless as ever, the German machines had a perfect qualifying campaign winning 10 out of 10 games played to secure a place in in world cup finals in a quest to defend the title. About 21 players were on the scorers sheet to accumulate a goal-difference of +39. Germany is seen as the favorite to win the competition as they parade a star studded squad. Joachim Low had several talents at his disposal which made it difficult to choose who makes the 23 man final squad list in-which the likes of Loreoy Sane was left out.
Germany World Cup Group
Germany is placed in Group F along with resilient Mexico, Zlantanless Sweden, and South Korea
Germany World Cup Fixtures
Germany start off their title defense against Mexico on the 17th of June. Six days later they play Sweden, and rap-up the group stages with South Korea on the 27th.
17th June- Mexico
23rd June – Sweden
27th June – South Korea
Arsenal Star Mesut Ozil remains a key player in the team set-up, while Madrid ace Toni Kroos is the man who detects the strategic tone. Centre-back Mats Hummels defines leadership in the team bringing calmness to the back line.
Following a his deep in-form at club Thomas Muller was left out in a couple of games. Though bounced back with a vengeance in the qualifiers, scoring 5 goals and creating more seven. Joshua Kimmich was the only Germany player to feature in all the games on the road to Russia, producing spectacular assists about 9 assists.
Manuel Neuer sat out the bulk of the campaign with a broken foot. Beset by groin and cruciate ligament injuries, attacker Marco Reus did not play in a single qualifier.
Germany World Cup Squad
Final 23-man squad –
GOALKEEPERS: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Paris St-Germain)
DEFENDERS: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Matthias Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach).
MIDFIELDERS: Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Paris St-Germain), Leon Goretska (Schalke), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
FORWARDS: Mario Gomez (Stuttgart), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Joachim Low, age 57 (03.02.60)
Probable Starting XI
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng (if fit), Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Muller, Marco Reus, Timo Werner.
Germany World Cup Injuries
Emre Can may not feature all that much considering the amount of midfield talent Germany has, but he could play in the less games if he recovers from his back injury suffered when playing for Liverpool.
Manuel Neuer has been plagued with foot injuries this season, meaning Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has taken the number one keeping role. Sven Ulreich has been covering in the Bayern Munich goal.
Marco Reus is currently working his way back from a serious knee injury, and has often been beset by groin and ligament problems. He missed the 2014 World Cup with an ankle injury.
Jerome Boateng also has an injury in his hamstring that could keep him to of the tournament