2018 World Cup | Qualifying Team Guide | Germany

Four-time World Cup winners Germany will be looking to add a new star to their jersey in Russia next year. Joachim Low’s men qualified for the finals with a 100% winning record. Victors of the competition in Brazil last time around thanks to an extra-time win over Argentina in the final, Germany will undoubtedly be among the favourites as they make the short trip to Russia. The reigning champions are ranked number one in the world based on recent form. The European giants will therefore be heading to Russia full of confidence. Germany World Cup chances are high, as reflected by all the major bookmakers.

Following their success in Brazil three years ago, Germany have shown little sign of easing up on the international stage. They won the 2017 Confederations Cup thanks to a final win over Chile. Claiming yet another international trophy, Germany made light work of their World Cup qualifying group, scoring 43 goals on their way to 10 wins out of 10 matches. Manager Low has now been in charge of the national team since 2006. The former Stuttgart and Fenerbahce boss hopes to make up for his side’s disappointing exit at the Euro 2016 semi final stage in France.

Germany World Cup – They have Experience on Their Side

Before their win in Brazil in 2014, Germany had failed to make it through to a World Cup final since their success at the 1990 competition in Italy. As a result of such disappointments, the German FA changed the way in which they operated, including the development of young talent. Such changes saw a large number of young talented players come through the system. The 2009 Under-21 European Championships in Sweden was the first time in which they showed off their skills. The likes of Manuel Neuer, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira helped the young German side in lifting the trophy thanks to a final win over England. The quintet have all gone on to earn over 50 caps for their country since. The fact that such players have been playing together has certainly helped them on the biggest stages over the years.

Meanwhile, despite many of the German squad applying their trade in their home country, a large number have now gained experience by playing in other major leagues. This can only be a positive factor ahead of their title defence. Toni Kroos has won every possible trophy for Spanish giants Real Madrid. Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Ilkay Gundogan and Marc-Andre ter Stegen are all currently playing in other top European divisions.

Germany World Cup Team

Germany’s Julian Draxler, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s second goal during the World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and Norway in Stuttgart, Germany, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) @ Polfoto

The New Guard of German Football

Despite having one of the most experienced squads in international football, Germany have also introduced a number of talented youngsters to their roster in recent years.  Timo Werner, Julian Brandt, Joshua Kimmich and Manchester City star Leroy Sane. They are all likely to feature in Russia. Unlike youngsters coming into rival national team squads, such players regularly feature for some of the biggest teams across Europe, helping them to perform on the international stage. Sane is just one of a number of English Premier League players hoping to be on the plane to Russia.

Form for the 2018 Russia World Cup

Most recently, Germany recorded draws against both England and France in friendly fixtures, which followed up their impressive World Cup qualifying campaign. Conceding just four goals in the entire campaign, Germany World Cup qualifying games saw them defeat the likes of Northern Ireland, Czech Republic and Norway home and away to finish 11 points clear of their closest rival. Bayern Munich striker Thomas Muller scored five times during the qualifying stage. Timo Werner, Sando Wagner and Sami Khedira also chipped in on a regular basis.

Meanwhile, the likes of Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Julian Draxler have been ever present for the Germans. Manager Low seemingly has a good idea of his starting line-up for their opening match in Russia. On another topic, Thomas Muller could potentially equal or better the record of former teammate Miroslav Klose in Russia. The Bayern Munich star currently seats on ten World Cup goals in his career. It is the form of such players that means Germany’s last defeat only came against hosts France in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Germany have proven themselves to be one of the most efficient teams in the game, with Low’s side having no apparent weakness. A solid defence sits behind a midfield full of creativity and skills. Germany generally dominates the possession statistics in their fixtures. Despite not having a recognised world-class striker at present, the fact that Germany are a team who can score from a wide range of areas make them a danger to anyone in Russia. German secured their place in the finals next year with a 3-1 win over second place Northern Ireland. It is such form that means that no team will wish to be drawn alongside Germany on December 1st .

2018 Germany World Cup Betting Odds

Event Selection Best Odds Brand
2018 World Cup Germany Win 5/1*  william hill logo
2018 World Cup Germany Win 5/1*  Sporting Bet Logo
2018 World Cup Germany Win 5/1*  betfair logo
2018 World Cup Germany Win 5/1*  Paddy Power logo

*Odds at the time of writing. Subject to change.