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Team view: Germany in the Qatar World Cup

How far can Hansi Flick's Germany go? Photo Credit:

The World Cup is days away. Fantom Sports presents a new series where we will take a look into some of the major contenders for the World Cup title, starting with Germany. After disastrous outcomes in back-to-back major tournaments in World Cup 2018 and Euro 2020, the Germans are making a turnaround. The younger and more appetite players now replace players of the legendary squad, like Toni Kroos or Mesut Oezil, that brought them World Cup glory. So what should the fans expect from Germany in the upcoming World Cup?

A rejuvenation roster

Predicted provisional squad for Germany. Photo Credit: Bavarian Football Works

Head coach Hansi Flick will announce his 26-men roster joining him in Qatar. It will be a much younger squad compared to past competitions. There will be multiple teenagers across the board. Bayern’s superstar Jamal Musiala, Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, or Gladbach’s Luca Netz are among the possible youngsters to receive their call-ups. But there will still be about three to four experienced veterans from the 2014 squad to lead the way. Captain Manuel Neuer, the Raumdeuter Thomas Muller, center-back Mats Hummels, and even the Golden Boy Mario Goetze are eligible for possibly their last World Cup for their country.

The rest of the squads will consist of players in the peak of their prime, like Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, or Antonio Ruediger.

A 2010-like Germany miracle run.

A young Germany shocked the world in 2010. Photo Credit: FIFA

After unfortunately failing to win the 2006 World Cup at home and the 2008 Euro, Germany decided to blow it all up. Former coach Joakim Loew brought a squad with a core of 2009 U-21 Euro winners to South Africa. That young Germany shocked the world, advancing to the semifinal before losing to eventual champion Spain. But Lukas Podolski, Mesut Oezil, Thomas Muller, Sami Khedira, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels made a name for themselves. The key players of that 2010 campaign then ran it back to win the crown in Brazil four years later. Hansi Flick and this year’s squad have a legitimate chance to do what the Golden Generation did over a decade ago. And if there is anything the football fans know, it is never counting out Germany, even when they are rebuilding.

The problems

Striker, a pure striker, a Miroslav Klose, or a Mario Gomez. In 2022 Germany does not have that type of player anymore. Their best striker Timo Werner is more of a free-roaming type. But he is injured and will miss the World Cup, meaning Hansi Flick will have to either play with zero strikers or put the faith and hopes of a country in the hands of 17-year-old Moukoko or mediocre Fullkrug. But we all know how tactical Hansi Flick can be. Let’s wait and see how he handles this issue.

Another problem lies in the defense. It can be unstable at times. Also, most players in the backline are either young or inexperient. It is instrumental for coach Flick to get them better mentally before the big tournament.

The stars

Germany always possesses a star-studded squad. In our opinion, here are the most influential players for Die Mannschaft in Qatar

Manuel Neuer. Photo Credit: Kicker
Antonio Rudiger. Photo Credit:
Joshua Kimmich: Photo Credit: Bundesliga
Jamal Musiala. Photo Credit: Bavarian Football Works
Kai Havertz. Photo Credit: Sky Sports

The X-factor

Each team needs some X-factors that can bring unanticipated changes to the game. Germany has some of those too.

Jonas Hofmann. Photo Credit: Bavarian Football Works
David Raum. Photo Credit: TEAMtalk
Leroy Sane. Photo Credit: 90min

Realistic prediction for Germany

Of course, the goal for Hansi Flick and his players is to go all the way and bring the cup back to Germany. But putting the players’ lack of experience and inconsistency at times into consideration, we have them to make it to the QUARTER-FINAL. They will cruise through the Group Stage with ease. We even have them top the group. But do they have enough mental toughness and trickery when facing better opponents? Germany in the 2022 World Cup will be a fun team to watch, but it isn’t time yet. Watch out for them four years later, as they will be the favorite to win it all.

Germany’s Group Stage fixtures:

Wed, Nov. 23: Germany vs. Japan. Khalifa Int’l
Sun, Nov. 27: Spain vs. Germany. Al Bayt
Thurs, Dec. 1: Costa Rica vs. Germany. Al Bayt

What is your prediction for Germany in this World Cup? Let us know

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