Germany to Win Euro 2016 Odds
Germany has been a regular contender for the European Championship trophy but after the 2014 FIFA World Cup success "Die Mannschaft" becomes even bigger favorite to replacing Spain from the top position in European football.
2014 was extremely successful for Germany and their Brazilian summer was marked from outstanding success which was Germany's first major triumph since the victory in England - at UEFA Euro 1996. So yes, twenty years after the terrific accomplishment in the land of one of their biggest football rivals, Joachim Löw's men are keen to achieve their fourth ever European Championship trophy, after their record 12th participation.
Road to Euro 2016 for the World Cup winners Germany - difficult group and some new names on the horizon
Joachim Löw's men have qualified for finals in France
out of one from the most competitive and tricky groups in the Euro 2016 qualifying, as "The Nationalelf" was in Group D next to other contenders like Poland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Georgia and the huge underdogs Gibraltar. Germany was the big favorite in that qualifying group and they successfully met all expectations after finishing on first place with 22 points won after 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 defeats, with 24 goals scored against 9 conceded. Apparently someone found the right way how to challenge Germany and teams of Poland (2:0)
and Republic of Ireland (1:0)
managed to scoop three points from their home matches against the reigning World Cup champions, as Republic of Ireland even won a point from the visit at "Veltins-Arena" in Gelsenkirchen, where John O'Shea's late equalizer has won the point for "The Boys In Green".
Of course, the high competition and regular club engagement in the domestic leagues and the major UEFA competitions were somehow a factor for those slips which Germany made, but however, we must also underline that Joachim Löw had some crucial tasks in attempt to find the most adequate replacements of some from the retired World Cup winners. Players like former captain Philipp Lahm, Arsenal's central defender Per Mertesacker and the World Cup all-time top scorer, as well as of Germany - Miroslav Klose, decided to end their international careers after the final victory in Brazil, so Löw had to find the new names on their positions, but surely the most difficult of all zones is the right-back. Players like Antonio Rüdiger, Sebastian Rudy, Emre Can and Matthias Ginter were tested at the right-back and all of them made it to the provisional squad for Euro 2016
, except the latter - Dortmunds defender Matthias Ginter was left out by Joachim Löw.
Die Mannschaft at Euro 2016 - full squad and players review
Germany's best possible Euro 2016 lineup: Manuel Neuer - Emre Can, Mats Hummels, Jérôme Boateng, Jonas Hector - Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos - Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Julian Draxler - Mario Gomez. (4-2-3-1)
Thomas Müller was once again the leading figure in "Die Mannschaft"
as Bayern Munich's striker has netted 9 goals during the qualifiers, which makes him the third best scorer after Robert Lewandowski (13) and Zlatan Ibrahimović (11). So virtually Müller has scored 9 out of 24 goals which Germany scored in their 10 qualifying matches and that's pretty good efficiency by the ambitious striker who already has over 30 goals with the national jersey, as he's still 26-year-old. Even more, Thomas Müller can boast with 10 World Cup goals and he looks like a real contender to replacing his compatriot Miroslav Klose from the top scorer position in the future, as Müller shares one impressive record with players like Klose and Teófilo Cubillas (Peru) - they all have scored at least five goals in two FIFA World Cups. Marvelous record from Thomas Müller who simply looks like the primary choice of Joachim Löw, of course, if he is fit, hopefully.
Other players who were included in Joachim Löw's list from 27 players are the four players who are aiming to their first international appearance. Bayer Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno and the midfield trio, starting from his teammate Julian Brandt, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund) are all uncapped and they must use the opportunity to impressing Jogi Löw in the weeks before Euro 2016
. Germany has scheduled two friendlies - against Slovakia (29 May) and Hungary (4 June), but most likely Löw will announce his final squad from 23 players after the fixture against Slovakia at "WWK Arena" in Augsburg. Few days later Germany will face another Euro 2016 competitor - Hungary, as this will be their farewell with German community before the short journey to France, when Germany will hope to remain in a good mood while packing their baggage after the friendly in Gelsenkirchen. And yes, Germany national team will play all its games pretty close to the German border as all their Euro 2016 fixtures
(at least in the group stage) are scheduled to take place in North France - two of them are in Paris and their first Group C clash is in Lille.
Except the usual Bundesliga
players coming from all major clubs, and not only, "Die Mannschaft
" has representatives from the different top European leagues like the Spanish Primera Division
, Italian Serie A, English Premier League
, as well as the Turkish Süper Lig, where two of the most experienced players in current German generation play. In a fact, Lukas Podolski is the most experienced player with the national jersey with 127 (on the day of the official provisional squad announcement) and 48 goals, as Podolski currently plays in Turkish Galatasaray. His attacking partner Mario Gómez plays for another Turkish giant - Beşiktaş, as the 30-year-old German striker has incredibly huge contribution for the domestic success of his club - Gómez is the Süper Lig top goal scorer with 26 goals in 33 matches (before the last matchday) and he helped of Beşiktaş to lift the Turkish league trophy for the first time after 2009. At that moment Mario Gómez looks like the most reliable choice for starting on top of Germany's attack in France, as his main target is surely to celebrate his 31st birthday in French capital Paris, when is the Euro 2016 final game scheduled - 10 July 2016.
Other foreigners in the preliminary squad of Germany are starting with one of the pearls in Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool - Emre Can, who already has 5 matches with the national team shirt, as well as the much more experienced World Cup winners who play in the Premier League - Mesut Özil (Arsenal) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United). And if Özil completely justifies his presence in current German selection, Schweinsteiger's call up arouses some discussions as he spend big part of the season in injuries, but however, he's the captain and since he's fit to get a chance, Joachim Löw wants to follow the situation around him from closer.
Antonio Rüdiger (AS Roma) and Sami Khedira (Juventus) are both Serie A
representatives in Joachim Löw's roster. Rüdiger will compete with names like Shkodran Mustafi, Benedikt Höwedes, Jérôme Boateng and the newest Bayern Munich's signing Mats Hummels for position in heart of German defense, but the 23-year-old defender can also cover the right-back.
Spanish representatives in the German national team
are Barcelona's goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, Valencia's defender Shkodran Mustafi and the 26-year-old Champions League
finalist Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).
Of course, major part of "Die Mannschaft" comes from the Bundesliga and this closes the schedule of 27 players who received their call up from the DFB
(German Football Association).
Germany can play with two potentially strong formations as they can easily switch from 4-2-3-1 to 4-3-3, or the contrary. The impressive squad depth and wide range of top quality footballers is one of the main facts why Germany is usually among the big favorites on each football tournament, but during the friendlies earlier in the year we saw something pretty unusual for "The Nationalelf" (National eleven) - during the 2:3 loss by England in end of March. Germany took comfortable 2:0 lead over England and this happened on the traditional German Cup final venue and also 2015 Champions League final
stadium - "Olympiastadion" in Berlin, where England achieved a full comeback to 3:2. Of course, that result was influenced by some great efforts by the English lads and substitutions made by Roy Hodgson, but it's pretty clear that Germany underestimated part of the game and we can say that they were deservedly slapped. Maybe a lesson which came right on time? Well, only few days later Germany scored brilliant 4:1 win
over another traditional trademark in European football - Italy, as the four goals scored by Germany at "Allianz-Arena" in Munich were pretty much Germany's answer for the defeat three nights earlier.
So as we mentioned Germany will play its group stage matches mostly in Paris and except their first match at French turf, "Die Mannschaft" will have the opportunity to taste from both capital venues - "Stade de France" and "Parc des Princes". Nevertheless, Germany's first fixture at Euro 2016 is at "Stade Pierre-Mauroy" in Lille, near the Belgian border, when on 12 June 2016 they'll face one of the co-hosts at the last European Championship - Ukraine
, as both teams will kick-off their Euro 2016 aspirations.
Four days later, 16 June, Germany will cover the distance to Paris to meet their old rivals and also opponents from the qualifiers - Poland
, who were joint organizers of the 2012 European Championship with Ukraine. These two games must show that Germany is reasonably considered for one of the usual suspects at major football events and most likely to determine their Round of 16 position. Well, we know that this sounds pretty presumptuously but we all know that Germany usually deals in such situations, with few exceptions though. Anyway, this time the new format of the European Championship and fact that Germany is far from being in a "group of death" are solid arguments for any expectations that the least which Germany can do is to finish in top 2, or to be among the best four third-placed teams.... Even in the worst possible scenario - point asset between 0 and 2, Germany can claim all the points from their third Group C fixture, when on 21st of June Germany will face debutants from Northern Ireland
on "Parc des Princes" in Paris.
We all know that illustrious quote stated by former English striker and current sports broadcaster Gary Lineker:
"Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win."
Well, we'll see how capable are they and are they ready yet to repeat the dual success of some of the previous World Cup winners who later on lifted the European Championship, in this occasion two years later - France (1998 and 200) and Spain (2008, 2010, 2012).