Euro Prospects: Germany: Have the youngsters come off age?
May 27, 2012 1:45am CST
The youngsters from Germany wowed everyone with their showing at the World Cup. Of course, they lost in the semi-finals, but their brand of aggressive, youthful football really caught everyone's eyes. The key question for this Euro would be whether the likes of Mueller, Ozil and Podolsky have come off age and are ready to win a big one. One of the key motivators for the players of Germany who play for Bayern Munich is that they have had a barren season, so would be itching to win something and Euros present a good chance. They are ably managed by one of the best footballing minds in Europe in Joachim Loew. Do you think Germany can lift the Euros this time around? Cheers! Ram
7 Jun 12
Well they do have a great team and they did perform great in the qualifying stage. Ozil is a much better player than he was in WC10, Muller is more matured than the promising youngster he was in WC10, Neuer is in the top-3 keepers at this period the only bad thing for them is that Klose in 2 years older than his previous performances so I can't be sure if he can still be the poacher he was in the previous tournaments with Germany. They can go all the way, possibly they'll reach the semifinal stage and if they'll be able to perform good in the tough matches they can be victorious.
7 Jun 12
And there is one more thing that a few of my friends who are fans of Bayern Munich told me. As Bayern Munich players, they have won nothing this season. So they are hurting and hungry and would like to win it at least at the national level. Cheers! Ram
8 Jun 12
Haven't thought of that, even though even if all the German players had a successful year they'll still be hungry for a title with the national team since their last title is waaay back in 96 so any of those players would like to has his name in a possible German comeback to a title.
27 May 12
Yeah,Germany is very aggressive, brave and striving towards the champion of world cup European cup and other important events around the world. Regarding semi-competition of the world cup on 2010,Germany is very unlucky because they bumped into the Spain.But this is the inner beauty of football.FOrtunately, I watched the whole game between them.Undoubtedly, spain's performance is better than Germany's at that night. they make a fatal score.So they win the game. And my prediction is that Germany has the most possibilities of competing with Germany on semi-final or final competition again in European Cuo.Good luck for Germany
27 May 12
Actually one thing going in favor of the German team is that they are team on the up currently. While Spain seems to be a team that is coming down from it's heights. In other words, the golden generation of Spanish team is now getting older while the German youngsters are now coming off age. So that would be a big advantage for the Germans if they can make it count. Cheers! Ram
28 May 12
Add Gotez and Koos to the list and I think Germany have the ability to win the title. One problem would be striker. The main man is still Klose and on the bench will be Gomez. Still, I am not convince that these two have it to lead their country attack. With those mentioned contribute their fair share of the goals, Germany will have a strong favourite for me.
29 May 12
Mario gotze and not Gotez.. Toni kroos and not Koos.. i think it`s mario gomez era...mario gomez will lead germany national team in this euro cup..second lukas podolski.. it is hard for did not call up Klose..his experience is still needed...
29 May 12
In the past three tournaments, Podolski and Klose formed a deadly combination with Podolski very good on the ground, while Klose was fantastic on the air. Now, the mantle of Klose will be passed to Gomez who will need to be the guy who wins the Aeriel challenges. I agree with Adhyz that Klose will be more of a off the bench player this Euro. Cheers! Ram
27 May 12
I like German style in soccer, therefore I also wish they can win the trophy. But the young player need more brave heart. Germany used to have winner mentality. But what I can see now, they still lack the mentality. We can see at Bayern Munich vs Chelsea match. They are easily loosen the spirit once they take lead. And they forget that even in injury time, the ball is still round and the table can be turned around. If the team manager can overcome the mental factor, I believe Germany can win the Euro once again. Nevertheless, they are the most solid team in this world.
29 May 12
yes..Germany believes their youth player.. i think it is really different with italy and spain.. they are afraid giving the biggest opportunity in their national team in eruo cup.. wanna proof here are their squad in euro cup italy squad for euro cup...25 players..but cesare prandelli must delete 2 from of the temporary squad Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris Saint-Germain) Defender: Ignazio Abate (AC Milan), Federico Balzaretti (Palermo), Andrea Barzagli (Juventus), Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus), Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus), Christian Maggio (Napoli), Angelo Ogbonna (Torino), Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan). Midfielder: Daniele De Rossi (Roma), Alessandro Diamanti (Bologna), Emanuele Giaccherini ( Juventus), Claudio Marchisio (Juventus), Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan), Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain), Antonio Nocerino (AC Milan), Andrea Pirlo (Juventus). Forward: Mario Balotelli (Manchester City), Fabio Borini (Roma), Antonio Cassano (AC Milan), Mattia Destro (Siena), Antonio Di Natale (Udinese), Sebastian Giovinco (Parma). i can believe their goalkeeper is still Gialuigi Buffon..and the second choice is Morgan de sanctis..both of them are more than 30 years old..Only sirigu are below 30 years..but he is the third goalkeeper... defender?? this is the youth player..chiellini, ranocchia are still young.. but in midfielder?? andrea pirlo is veteran too...maybe he was accompanied by the experienced central defender danielle de rossi.. and in forward line, i believe cesare prandelli more prefer choose antonio di natale than give the more chance to giovinco or maybe fabio borini.. what about spain squad?? here are their squad.. Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Victor Valdes (Barcelona) Defender: Alvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid), Jordi Alba (Valencia), Raul Albiol (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Javi Martinez (Athletic Bilbao) Midfielder: Xavi (Barcelona), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Santi Cazorla (Malaga), Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona), Juan Mata (Chelsea) Forward: Jesus Navas (Sevilla), Pedro (Barcelona), Fernando Llorente (Athletic Bilbao), Fernando Torres (Chelsea), Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla) vicente del bosque is afraid choose david de gea than pepe reina...it shows that spain believe that the experienced player more useful than talented and young player..midfielder?? i just believe the core of spain is located to Xabi alonso and Xavi hernandez..both of team are more than 30 years old..
29 May 12
@MicroEngineer, You echo my thoughts. I felt exactly the same way when I saw Bayern stumble at critical moments during the Champions League final. But looking at the expressions of the players, most of whom will also feature for Germany, I think the loss probably did them a world of good. They will come into this tournament really hungry and wanting to salvage something for the season. Cheers! Ram