Mario Götze’s 113th minute goal against Argentina to win the world cup could signal the beginning of a dynasty for the German national team. The sheer depth of quality and numerous talented youth players just enhances this claim.
The main reason Germany progressed to the final was because of the quality of the midfield trio of Khedira, Schweinsteiger and Kroos. Once again this proved pivotal in the final. Without the injured Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger stepped up and put in one of the best performances of the tournament. He took many fouls for the team and broke up various Argentine attacks.
Manuel Neuer and the Germany defence, most notably Jerome Boateng, again performed well and stopped numerous aerial balls. Neuer thoroughly deserved his Golden Glove award and this puts him head and shoulders ahead of all other goalkeepers in the world.
Although Germany were let off by the feared Argentina attack, who it must be said all had a lacklustre performance, on a few occasions but all in all Germany thoroughly deserved the victory. Andre Schürrle and Benedikt Höwedes also came close for Germany.
The future is bright for Germany, with the majority of players yet to reach their ‘prime’. There are many talented youth players coming through the ranks, such as Leon Goretzka, Max Meyer and Maximillian Arnold. Could we see national football dominated by Germany in years to come? Who knows, but I’ll leave you with this quote by Joachim Löw : “We can play on top of the world for a good number of years, with some young players coming in to reinforce the team”. The future seems bright for Die Mannschaft.
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As the ole’s rang out around the Mineirão in Belo Horizonte last night, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Brazil were coasting towards the World Cup Final. But in fact, the ole’s were aimed at the team that had just dismantled the hosts 7-1. On the night Miroslav Klose broke the all time world cup goals record, was the result down to, as the saying goes, ‘German efficiency’ or was it down to the frailties of Brazil.
The main reason for the success Germany had was the tempo the side played at. Everyone from the defence, to the attack pressed up the pitch at every given opportunity. This meant Brazils midfield and defence had no time on the ball and panicked, as was shown for the 4th and 5th goals.
Another reason for Germany’s success was the impeccable performances of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira who ran the midfield. Most attacks came from the centre of midfield, which led to Kroos contributing two goals and Khedira the one. The two deeper midfielders, Schweinsteiger and Khedira also nullified Brazils attacking trio of Hulk, Oscar and Bernard. This meant Fred had no service, and completed another lacklustre performance for the hosts until he was subbed off in the second half.
There should also be an honourable mention to back four of Philip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Benedikt Höwedes who also contributed in stopping the Seleção attack. Manuel Neuer also put in another superb performance in net.
However, the frailties and weaknesses of Brazil cannot be overlooked. The hosts were without Thiago Silva as well as tournament poster boy Neymar.
The regular captain, Silva was replaced by Bundesliga and Bayern Munich defender Dante who had a shaky game. His absence was noticeable as the Brazil defence seemed to have no order and shape, a problem that lead to numerous Germany goals.
The real miss for the hosts however was Neymar, the man who had arguably single-handedly carried Brazil to this stage. It was clear that the Brazil attack was missing his pace and trickery, this meant the attack was very one dimensional.
Whether Brazils weaknesses were the main factor in the outcome of the game or not, Joachim Löw’s are on the verge of something very special. Could we see a repeat of the dominance Spain had? The first step towards that will be at the Maracana on Sunday night, will we see Germany crowned as World Champions?
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