GERMANY: A Right Step For the Future

The German national team proved to Argentina that it was worthy of hoisting the World Cup trophy
by Katherine Rupp   |   Thursday, July 17, 2014

Bycolored – column on Ottawa Fury & the Ottawa area soccer scene.

The German Men’s National Team succeeded this World Cup.

Thomas Muller raised the World Cup with his teammates on Sunday, July 13, and also on that date, Mario Gotze became a part of German soccer history by netting the World Cup Final winner in the 113th minute. And with nearly 20 years separating each title – with Germany winning the World Cup in 1954, 1974, and 1990 – 2014 was certainly going to be their year.

Although the Germans are better known for steady, methodical football – which certainly was displayed in Brazil wherever they played, be it in Salvador, Fortaleza, Recife, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte or Rio de Janeiro – they also played with a certain effectiveness and liveliness that hasn’t been seen as prominently in Die Mannschaft.

The German team, with an average age of 26, has youth, as well as experience on its side, and now – maybe even more important – a World Cup under their belt. One point of contention for the Germans to be wary of before walking into 2018’s World Cup: three out of the last four champion teams have been unable to make it out of the group stage. Regardless of former champions bowing out before they think they possibly should or could, Germany – in this World Cup – played like the champions that they became.

There are quite a few talking points from this World Cup, so many great memories of spectacular goals, and records broken. One such record that was held by Brazil’s Ronaldo was for the most goals scored in a World Cup. That same record was overtaken by 36-year old Lazio man Miroslav Klose with the now-record of 16 goals. Not only did Klose’s record come in what is most likely his last World Cup, it came in the 7-1 dismantling of home country Brazil, which was also a record in that it was the first time since 1975 that Brazil had lost at home in a competitive match.

Something, besides records, to reveal itself during this World Cup for Germany is that they have a tremendous squad filled to the brim with talent that is ripe and ready to excel in competitions such as the Euros in 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The backbone of the team includes captain Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, and Toni Kroos. Although all those players hail from their club team of Bayern Munich, those who really shone in the tournament were Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels and Chelsea’s Andre Schürrle.

With the aforementioned players almost certainly going to be on the roster for years to come, Germany, even though they won the World Cup in Brazil, must keep on top of things by continuing to bring in fresh, young players ready to show coach Joachim Low and his staff what the national team is made of. And though he’s not a fresh, young player who’s not already in the ranks of the German national team, Mario Götze, the World Cup Final scorer, will be a player that Germany should hold in high regard to bring the team forward along with teammates such as Jerome Boateng, Mesut Özil, and – even though he was a non-factor in this World Cup because of injury but is a vital piece to the future of the German team – Marco Reus.

And now, with the World Cup in Brazil behind us, Germany – for supporters and pundits alike who may have expected to see a different (maybe even…boring) Germany than the one that showed up to the World Cup – will be a joy to watch in the future. With the World Cup trophy in the bag and the team now standing atop the pedestal as the best in the world, and with the possibility of second-place in the distant past, the German team can look ahead to future competitions with a bevy of players full of exuberance, confidence, and ambition.

NEXT UP: September 3 – Friendly: Germany v. Argentina, Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Germany.

Katherine RUPP

Nationality:
USA
College:
Drake University
Club Domestic:
Sporting KC
Club Foreign:
Tottenham Hotspur
Unabashed Minnesotan by birth. Tried reliving the glory days of collegiate intramural soccer championships but an ACL tear dashed future hopes of adult recreational greatness. Covering a city’s team that’s too big for one state: SKC.
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