Germany's World Cup 2022 Standings
Germany head Group F, which also includes Mexico, Sweden and the Korea Republic. Below you will find their current tournament standings, updated after every matchday.
Germany's Odds To Win The World Cup
Sports Interaction has listed Germany as their favourites to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and have set their price at a modest +450. They are only slightly ahead of nearest rivals Brazil (+500) and France (+550), although their World Cup qualification performance and their continued standing at the top of the FIFA world rankings is perhaps enough to suggest they are worthy leaders according to the odds.
We cannot imagine that Germany will finish outside of the quarter-finals, something that they have almost never failed to achieve. Surprisingly, Sports Interaction is offering odds of -200 for Germany to reach the quarter-final stage, which is incredibly good value for a team that will almost certainly top their group and likely come up against a weak opponent in the second round.
Our prediction for the Germans is another appearance in the final, and the stars have aligned for a Germany - Brazil rematch in the biggest game of the year. Our opinion is that Brazil will succeed in their revenge and defeat the four-time winners. If you agree that they can make it to the final, you can get +225 odds on them doing so, however, if you think Germany will exit at the semi-final stage, +100 is available.
Whatever you choose, Germany is one of the most exciting teams at the World Cup and will provide plenty of entertainment to win or lose. They boast some of the world's best upcoming players, while most of the class of 2014 are still at the top of their game. It may be another great year to be German!
Germany's Squad & Key Players
All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the German team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
Manuel Neuer (Goalkeeper)
While many are suggesting Spain number one David De Gea is the greatest goalkeeper in the world at present, Neuer continues to perform at the highest level and is certainly still within his rights to claim that title. The captain of the German side will turn 32 before the tournament begins, although he is easily at the peak of his powers right now, and will add plenty more caps to the 74 he has already obtained for his country.
Timo Werner (Striker)
Werner became the youngest player to appear in 100 Bundesliga matches at the age of just 20 years, and the now 21-year-old is already proving to be one of Germany's greatest weapons. The talisman throughout his youth career, Werner scored 34 goals in 48 matches for the German U15, U16, U17, U19 and U21 teams, and has already scored seven for the senior team in just ten appearances.
The RB Leipzig frontman was one of several young Germans to win at the 2017 Confederations Cup; he scored three goals and assisted twice at the tournament, and was awarded the Golden Boot.
Leroy Sane (Winger)
Sane is yet another of Germany's impressive young squad, and the winger has been in stellar form for Manchester City this season, earning the Premier League Player of the Month award in October 2017. He has made just nine starts for the national team, although his club form will give coach Joachim Low plenty to consider when he names his first XI in June.
Toni Kroos (Midfielder)
The Real Madrid midfielder became the first German to ever win three Champions League titles, and the mainstay in the lineup for the Galacticos will be one of many German superstars looking to make it back to back World Cup titles. Kroos is best known for his ability to deliver pinpoint set pieces, and his passing accuracy and vision is top-notch. He can play in any position across the midfield, making him a vital cog in the German squad. All teams must declare a 30 man squad for the World Cup by the middle of May, while the final 23 man squads don't have to be finalized until the first week of June, just days prior to the tournament start date. We will update you when the team sheets are announced, but first, let's take a look at some of the most important players in the German team and who we think will play a big part in the competition.
The Coach - Joachim Low
Low is one of the longest-serving managers in international football, having held the reins since 2006. He started out as an assistant to Jurgen Klinsmann, and the pair led Germany to semi-final appearances in both the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2006 World Cup. Despite losing 3-2 to Brazil in the 2005 tournament, their new attacking style was evident as they scored the most goals at the event (fifteen in five matches).
After the 2006 World Cup campaign, Klinsmann did not renew his contract and Low was left to take over the top job. He recorded the best-ever start as a German manager when the team qualified for the 2008 Euros; eleven wins from his first thirteen matches and 41-6 goal difference impressed the hierarchy. While they eventually lost to Spain in the final, Joachim Low had clearly made solid progress.
Low led Germany to the semi-finals of the next two tournaments - the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Euros, before finally breaking through in Brazil as they captured their fourth World Cup trophy. The highlight was easily the 7-1 thrashing of Brazil on their own pitch, which remains the South American's worst defeat in World Cup history.
While Germany lost another semi-final in the 2016 Euros, Low was given the opportunity to stay on as manager, and he is certainly capable of producing a second consecutive World Cup title for the Germans.
Germany's World Cup 2022 Lineup
Germany's latest international was played against France on November 14th, 2017 and featured a number of changes compared to the lineup that took on England a few days prior. It is hard to tell what Joachim Low's first XI will look like in Russia, but here is their latest.
Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1)
Kevin Trapp (PSG) - Emre Can (Liverpool), Niklas Sule (Bayern Munich), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin) - Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Sami Khedira (Juventus) - Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Julien Draxler (PSG) - Timo Werner (RB Leipzig).
Reserves: Lars Stindl, Antonio Rudiger, Matthias Ginter, Marcel Halstenberg, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Brandt, Leroy Sane, Jerome Boateng, Sandro Wagner, Sebastian Rudy, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Mario Gotze, Bernd Leno
Germany's World Cup History
Germany is one of the most successful nations to have competed at the FIFA World Cup, winning the event on four occasions. They are also one of the most ever-present countries to compete at the tournament, participating in eighteen of the twenty competitions held. Germany did not enter the inaugural event in 1930 and was banned from the 1950 tournament, meaning they are one of the very few nations to have never failed to qualify for the World Cup.
While Italy stands alongside the Germans as four-time cup winners, just one win behind Brazil, there is no doubt that Germany holds the second-best World Cup resume. Die Mannschaft have never finished outside of the top ten and have only been eliminated in the first round once. They have made it to the semi-finals on thirteen occasions and appeared in eight finals, more than any other side.
Germany's impressive form at the World Cup started with their debut, as they finished third behind European rivals Italy and Czechoslovakia in 1934. It took them just twenty years to record their first-ever win at the event, which was described as the 'Miracle of Bern'. After losing to Hungary by a whopping 8-3 margin in the first round, their highest World Cup defeat in history, Germany managed to overcome a 2-0 deficit in the final against the same opponents and won 3-2.
Germany came close in the 1966 event, losing to England in the final, and was defeated by Italy 4-3 in their 1970 semi-final that went to extra time. They hosted the 1974 event and managed to defeat the Netherlands in the final. The home side went down early, just like they had done in Switzerland twenty years prior, and once again they turned the match around to win their second tournament.
In 1990, it was a case of 'third time lucky' for the Germans, who had been defeated in the final of both the 1982 and 1986 tournaments to Italy and Argentina respectively. Franz Beckenbauer's men overcame Argentina in a replay of 1986 final, and the match is best remembered for the two red cards given to Argentine players. While Germany dominated the game and finished with 23 shots, they scraped a 1-0 victory thanks to a late penalty.
It took Germany 24 more years to lift the World Cup trophy a fourth time, and once again it was Argentina who was the victims. This third matchup between two teams in a World Cup final is a record, and this time it was Lionel Messi rather than Diego Maradona who presented the biggest threat to the Germans. In a match where hosts Brazil were cheering on the Germans due to their rivalry with Argentina, it was Mario Gotze who became the hero with a 113th-minute strike.
Germany's success at the World Cup is further highlighted by the fact that the players who appear at the top of the list in terms of most cup appearances and most goals are both Germans. Lothar Matthaus played 25 matches at the World Cup and is one of just two players to have appeared at five tournaments. Miroslav Klose finished his career with 24 matches and holds the record for the most number of goals (16).
Germany is currently ranked number one in the world and will enter the tournament as favourites. They eased through the qualification stage with ten wins from ten matches, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four times. The Germans have been placed in a group that they should comfortably top, and once again appear set to cruise to at least the quarter-final stage.