Germany is well recognised as a country that has good standing in the World Cup, having not missed the finals since 1950. They have won the Cup three times, making them third behind Brazil who have won it five times and Italy who have claimed four titles.
Germany has also been runner up four times, which is twice more than any other nation. They have also had the most semi-final appearances, one more than even Brazil who has had ten. In the last fourteen World Cup tournaments they have always reached the quarter-finals and have qualified for every single World Cup they have entered (sixteen in total).
But while Germany may be a force to be reckoned with, there are many cynics out there at the moment who believe that Germany may be riding high on their reputation. While they had no problem qualifying, they have always had loads of experienced players and this is not the case this year – their squad is their youngest in seventy-six years, with this being the first time that many of them will have played in the World Cup and they don’t have many players with a lot of experience – things might be looking good for World Cup 2014 but they as the ‘new generation’ they may have a long way to go to claim the World Cup in 2010.
Their next game is against the mighty force that is Argentina and although Germany had an astounding win over England at the weekend, Maradona’s boys are in a different league and may give the German youngsters a real run for their money.