World Cup Betting - Can Germany win the World Cup
Can Germany win the World Cup?
The third most successful national soccer team, Germany is right now
busy gearing up for its first FIFA World Cup 2010 match scheduled for
the 14th of June against Australia. A prolific soccer team, it has
earned itself a strong reputation on the basis of its past performances
which include three World
Cup titles in the years 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Soccer fans will not have forgotten the incredible 2002 World Cup final
match that the team played and
lost to Brazil in 2002 when Ronaldo managed to score two quick goals for
his team in the second half in Yokohama. Germany was forced to accept
second position that year having allowed Brazil to win their 5th title
making them the most successful national soccer team in history - a spot
they've yet to give up.
And talking about history, one mustn't forget that Germany has three
European Cup titles to its credit. History also shows that Germany has
made it to the finals
World Cup four times (thus claiming 2nd position, as many times) as well
as to that of the European Championships three times. To sum up these
records in one word would be to use the word "consistent" to describe
this strong team.
In terms of World Cup
, the manner in which Germany qualified for the big event
speaks volumes as well. Not only did they top Group 4 but went on to win
eight of the ten matches they played. The other two were draws. The
eight victories included two matches against the Russian team.
The squad chosen for this year's effort under coach Joachim Loew is as
follows: Hans-Jorg Butt, Manuel Neuer and Tim Wiese as goalkeepers; Arne
Friedrich, Dennis Aogo, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Marcell
Jansen, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Serdar Tasci as defenders;
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marko Marin, Mesut Ozil, Piotr Trochowski, Sami
Khedira and Toni Kroos as midfielders; Cacau, Lukas Podolski, Mario
Gomez, Miroslav Klose, Stefan Kiessling and Thomas Muller as strikers.
The three German soccer players everyone will be focusing on are Lukas
Podolski, Mario Gomez and Philipp Lahm in alphabetical order!
Defender Philipp Lahm has also been appointed captain of the team in the
absence of Michael Ballack who is nursing injuries. A key player in the
team, Lahm is expected to contribute a great deal in the team's winning
Mario Gomez remembered for the whopping 35 million euros he earned when
he transferred from the Bundesliga team to Bayern Munich, will be
expected to showcase his deadly talents in the box as well as in the
air. Adding further weight to these expectations is the fact that he has
failed to duplicate his striking abilities for his national team so
Lukas Podolski, the other famous German striker, is the most successful
on the team having racked up a mind-boggling 37 goals in the 69 matches
he's played at the international level. Having said that, he hasn't
shown that sort of form on the domestic circuit all season! This lack of
form also earned him the unwelcome title - "Flop of the year."
In spite of all these renowned players and their steady reputation, the
one nagging factor that could affect World Cup betting
and easily be
considered the German team's Achilles heel, is their lack of experience.
The question on most lips is whether or not this young team will be
able to make use of their exuberance and drive to make up for what they
lack in the experience department. This will especially be telling in
high-pressure games against top teams.
The clear advantage for the German team lies in their impeccable
defense. Their qualifying matches speak up for this - the team having
only conceded five goals in double the number of matches!
The final verdict for World Cup betting? Well, Germany has a 14/1 chance
of winning this esteemed trophy and matching the number of titles
earned by Italy. Get to www.sportsbook
now and place your world cup bets.