- 1 Germany National Football Team: Tactics & Principles
- 2 The World Cup: Prediction & What to Expect
- 3 Germany National Team Players: Top 5
- 4 Who is Germany’s National Team Manager?
- 5 Some Additional Tips and Predictions
The German national team knowns as Die Mannschaft, has been a force in international football since time immemorial. Germany has won the World Cup 4 times and the European Championship thrice. Their biggest ever international win was back in 1912 when they beat Russia 16-0. They have produced legendary footballers for a long time and continue to do so. Gerd Muller, Franz Beckenbauer, Oliver h2)Kahn, Miroslav Klose are only some of the numerous legends to date. Currently & recently, they have some of the most talented players in the world such as Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, and Toni Kroos. The German FA has been intentional about how they bring forth talented crops of players consistently with the strong Bundesliga now one of the top leagues in the world and a strong national youth football set up.
Germany National Football Team: Tactics & Principles
Hansi Flick’s Germany sets up in 4-2-3-1 formation that allows the Germans flexibility in transitions from defense to attack and vice versa. Flick instructs his whole side to attack together and you’ll often see up to 7 German players flood into the opposition’s half to ensure they get as many numbers forward and create as many passing lanes as possible. Germany has ball-playing centre-halves who play their part in the build-up. Expect them to easily find their midfield pivots that then progress the ball to wider areas with marauding full-backs. When they do go central, the options in the middle such as Kai Havertz tend to try and link play with the inverted wingers who cut in towards the box to create space for the full-backs to run into. You may even see a 3-7 formation with Gundogan joining the attacking front line to heap even more pressure on the opposition.
The World Cup: Prediction & What to Expect
The Germans will be looking to secure their first successful competition for the first time since the 2014 World Cup victory in Brazil. Under new management, Germany are showing promising signs and making the right strides to get back to their peak. Germany managed to handle their World Cup qualification rounds comfortably. It stands the national team in good stead and the bookies think so as well. Bet365 places their odds of winning the competition behind Brazil, France, Spain and England’s but still deems them a favorite with odds of 10/2. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).
Germany National Team Players: Top 5
The German FA is trying to replicate its previous success with the last crop of world-class players that eventually won the World Cup in 2014. Previously, they had Phillip Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Marco Reus, Gotze, and others who essentially played together for the national youth teams at different age categories. The current cycle has produced world-class talent yet again and will give Germans hope that their glory days aren’t too far away from being realized once more. Here are our top 5.
A talented attacking midfielder and second striker, Kai Havertz is one of modern-day football’s hottest prospects. He impressed in the Bundesliga from such a young age, regularly contributing with goals and assists. He moved from RB Leipzig to Chelsea for 70 million pounds and despite struggling at the beginning of his Premier League career, he finished the season by helping Chelsea achieve top 4 and more importantly, scoring the winner in the 2020/2021 Champions League final against Manchester City. He’s got a diverse set of skills; an eye for a pass and a goal, great physical presence and the skill to carry the ball and beat defenders. (Read our Chelsea FC betting odds – Havertz’s current team.)
One could say Kimmich is the closest player we have ever seen to the legendary Phillip Lahm, and it’s no surprise he’s German. He started his career at VFB Stuttgart but impressed in his senior career for RB Leipzig. He signed for Bayern Munich in 2015 and has since made 184 appearances for them and played 64 times for Die Mannschaft. He is a versatile player, capable of playing at right-back and a central/defensive midfielder with great defensive and offensive abilities. He’s got a great range of passing as well which allows him to play as a deep-lying playmaker. (Read our Bayer Munich betting odds – Kimmich’s current team.)
One of the younger players aged only 19, Karim is an up and coming young striker who played for Bayern Munich at youth level but eventually made his career at Red Bull Salzburg where he scored 18 goals in 50 appearances. After impressive performances, he was loaned out to Liefering where he has continued his decent goalscoring record by banging 15 goals in 35 appearances; that is quite something considering he started scoring when he was 17 and already has 1 goal in 3 appearances for his senior national side. We feel he’s a player to keep an eye out for when the World Cup 2022 comes around.
Serge Gnabry is one of the world’s top forwards. One didn’t think he would reach level if you were to judge him by his time at Arsenal where he stayed for 4 years but made a shocking 10 appearances in all competitions scoring only one goal. He eventually pushed for loan moves back to Germany and was eventually snapped up Bayern Munich who have developed him into a monstrous forward player with pace, creativity and lots of goals. For Bayern Munich, he has 41 goals in 104 appearances and for country, an impeccable 20 goals in 31 appearances. Serge will surely be one of the star players in the World Cup since he’s not fazed by the big stage; having already won the Champions League with Munich and playing a crucial role in their successful European and Domestic campaigns ever since. (Read our Bayer Munich betting Predicctions – Gnabry’s current team.)
Another Stuttgart product, Timo has been one of the most prolific strikers in Europe for the last 4 years. Blessed with blistering pace and intelligent movement, he’s very much the kind of striker to make runs in behind, onto threaded passes, going 1v1 with the opposition keeper and slotting home for a goal. He also moved the RB Leipzig after a disappointing spell at Stuttgart, and Leipzig he rediscovered his form by scoring a whopping 78 goals in 144 appearances. For his national team, he’s scored 21 times in 47 appearances; clinical. He’s failed to hit those heights for Chelsea so far after his big-money move in 2020 but his intelligent movement creates space for teammates which is hugely valuable for Tuchel’s style of play. (Read our Chelsea FC betting predictions – Werner’s current team.)
Who is Germany’s National Team Manager?
Hansi Flick is a former footballer and current manager for Die Mannschaft. He actually not only played for Bayern Munich over 100 appearances but was also their assistant manager and head coach before being appointed the national team manager in 2021 following the resignation of Joachim Lowe. He was also Joachim Lowe’s assistant manager during the 2014 World Cup victory in Brazil, so it seems that he’s more than ready to be the main man himself. He’s already proved it as well by winning the Bundesliga twice even though there are doubts as to how guaranteed it is to win with Bayern Munich regardless. It won’t matter too much though, he’s been there, worn the shirt and done that so we’re sure he’s going to be the right manager to guide this new, young crop of German players to their peak.
Some Additional Tips and Predictions
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