The Germans are a formidable force in world football and will arrive in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as the defending champions. Another win here would put them level with Brazil at 5, although that would come with a bit of an asterisk, which we will explain in the history section. Germany is once again among the favorites to win, which is no real surprise when you consider that they always seem to make a deep run. The squad that they are bringing with them this time around has strength and depth at every position, to the point where they could easily field a pair of competitive teams.
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Germanyâ€™s World Cup History
The Germans won the World Cup twice while the nation was still divided. When they won in 1954, 1974, and 1990, they did so as West Germany. They became a unified nation for 1994, and since that time, have done no worse than a quarter-final appearance. They have made it all the way to the semi-finals in each of the last 4 tournaments, winning once and losing in the final once. As far as making deep runs goes, no-one has been more successful than Germany at the World Cup.
How Germany Made it to the 2018 World Cup
Germany will their usual brilliantly efficient selves on the road to Russia, boasting a 100% record in their qualifying group. They also scored more than any other team, 43, in the qualifying stages while conceding only 4 goals. They also found the time to win the Confederations Cup in Russia last summer using a squad that was essentially made up of bench players. All of that adds up to a team that is going to be incredibly tough to beat in Russia this summer.
Who Will Germany Face in Group F
The Germans have been drawn into what could potentially be a very tricky group. While they are the clear favorites, they are not necessarily going to have an easy time of it against Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea. You have to like Germany to come out on top here still, but none of their opponents can really be considered an easy out.
Germany Strengthâ€™s and Players to Watch
The strength of the German squad is perhaps their depth at every single position. This is a team that does not really need to worry too much about injuries becoming an issue, although they are still hoping that goalkeeper and team captain Manuel Neuer will be ready to go. Given how they qualified, it is also apparent that they do not have any glaring weaknesses.
The list of players to watch is one that could go on forever, as this is one of the most talent-laden countries in the world. Thomas Muller will be one to watch again, as he has been a proven goal scorer at the highest level for years. Toni Kroos will be looking to control the middle of the park, leaving time and space for Mezut Ozil to tear defenses apart and create chances for Muller and Wagner. The Germans are going to get a lot of the betting money, and deservedly so.
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