Nothing isimpossible for Germany

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Jun 2018 11:43:51



GERMAN fans are always the happiest as their national football team has reached at least the semi-finals of every major tournament since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.This can surely boost the confidence of the Germans who are aiming to be the first World Cup champions in 56 years to successfully defend the title, reports Xinhua news agency.“We can accomplish something historic -- World Cup champions, Confederations Cup winners and then World Cup champions again -- which has never happened,” Loew said recently at the team’s training camp in Italy, according to DPA.

The message is clear that the world’s top ranked team are ready for the tournament which kicks off in nine days.“The goal for us all must be to win the title,” Loew said.Brazil, who lifted the Jules Rimet trophy in 1958 and 1962, were the last team to retain their title. But in half a century, with the progress and popularity of the sport expanding around the globe, the gaps between the giant teams are narrowing, which makes the feat more and more difficult to achieve.Loew has clear plans in Russia for title defence.“We as a team need another improvement if we want to be successful. We have to play even better than we did at the 2014 World Cup,” the 58-year-old head
coach said.

Loew stressed the importance of two other important factors -- the necessary changes in the team and the hunger to repeat their Brazil 2014 triumph.
After the 2006 World Cup, Loew guided his side to a steady and glorious decade with at least the last-four finish in each major tournament. The success is based on the young generations’ growth and the constant upgrading of the tactical strategy.When Germany finished as runners-up at Euro 2008, Loew humbly learned the lessons from the final defeat to Spain and researched into the “possession football” style of their opponents.

From that time on, Germany developed the speed, power and physical advantage, but also improved to a new level with more skillful passing and a high defensive line to maintain the momentum in their matches. Germany can have many strategy adjustments while facing different opponents. Neuer in, Sane out from Germany squad
GERMANY head coach Joachim Loew announced onMonday his final 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, including Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer but opting not to use Manchester City winger Leroy Sane.
Germany squadGoalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp; Defenders: Marvin Plattenhardt, Jonas Hector, Matthias Ginter, Mats Hummels, Niklas Suele, Antonio Rudiger, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich; Midfielders: Sami Khedira, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Sebastian Rudy, Julian Brandt, Ilkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Marco Reus; Forwards: Timo Werner, Mario Gomez.