Saturday, 22 February 2014

ROAD TO BRAZIL 2014 - #GERMANY - #Brazil2014 #WorldCup

Germany eased through to Brazil with a 3-0 win at home to Republic of Ireland. Sami khedira and Andre Schurrle scored either side of the break against the Irish side before Mesut Ozil ensured the party could start early with the third goal in injury time.
Germany 3 vs 0 Ireland 

Last game at last World Cup appearance... Uruguay 2 VS 3 Germany (South Africa 2010)

Here are some information about the Germany national team;
Nickname - Die Adler.
Head Coach - Joachim Low
Captain - Philipp Lahm.
Most Caps - Lothar Mathaus (150).
Top Scorer(s) - Gerd Muller, Miroslav Klose (68).
FIFA Ranking - 2.
Highesst FIFA Ranking - 1 (December 1992, August 1993, December 1993, February 1994 - March 1994, June 1994).
Lowest FiFA Ranking - 22 (March 2006).
First International match - Switzerland 5-3 Germany (5 April 1908).
Biggest win - Germany 16-0 Russia ( 1 July 1912).
Biggest defeat - England Am. 9-0 Germany (13 March 1909).
World Cup Appearances - 17 (First in 1934).
Best Result - Winners, 1954, 1974 and 1990

World Champions (1990 FIFA World Cup Final, Rome, Italy) - West Germany 1 - 0 Argentina

Philipp Lahm
Date of Birth - 11 November 1983 ( Age 30)
Place of Birth - Munich, West Germany.
Height - 1.70m (5ft 7in).
Playing position - Full back / Denfensive midfielder.
Current club - Bayern Munich.
Number - 21.
Previous Clubs - Bayern Munich II, Bayern Munich, VfB Stuttgart (loan).
National Caps - 104.
Goals Scored - 5.

Lahm currently plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He is considered as one of the best full backs and was included in the World cup team of the tournament in 2006 and 2010, the UEFA Team of the tournament in 2008 and 2012, and in the UEFA Team of the Year in 2006, 2008 and 2012. Although Lahm is right-footed, he is able to play on both sides of the pitch. He often cuts from the flank to the middle of the pitch to either shoot or pass. He is well known for his pace, dribbling, and precise tackling abilities as well as his small stature, giving him the nickname "Magic Dwarf"

Mario Gomez Garcia
Date of Birth - 10 July 1985 (Age 28).
Place of Birth - Reidlingen, West Germany.
Height - 1.89m (6ft 2in).
Playing position - Striker.
Current Club - Fiorentina.
Number - 33.
Previous Clubs - VfB Stuttgart II, VfB Stuttgart, Bayern Munich.
National Caps - 59.
Goals Scored - 25.

Mario Gomez currently plays for Fiorentina and the German national team. Gomez can shoot with both feet, and is considered to be an aerial threat. His best ability, however, remains his ability to anticipate crosses and passes, and position himself to shoot. He is mainly described as a great finisher because of his vision and composure for goal.

Julian Draxler
Date of Birth - 20 September 1993 (Age 20)
Place of Birth - Gladbeck, Germany.
Height - 1.87m (6ft 11in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder.
Current Club - Schalke 04 Number - 10.
Previous Clubs - None.
National Caps - 10.
Goals Scored - 1.

Julian currently plays for Schalke 04 and the Germany national team. On 26 May 2012, Draxler made his debut for the senior side playing in Germany's 5-3 loss to Switzerland, coming on as a substitute in the 62nd minute. He saw an effort straying just off the target denying him an international debut goal. His first international goal was scored 2nd June 2013 in a friendly against the United States. Julian Draxler will surely be a real talent to watch in Brazil.

Toni Kroos
Date of Birth - 4 January 1990 (Age 23).
Place of Birth - Greifswald, East Germany
Height - 1.82m (6ft 0in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder / Central midfielder.
Current club - Bayern Munich.
Number - 39.
Previous Clubs - Bayern Munich II, Bayern Munich, Bayern Leverkusen (loan). National Caps - 41.  
Goals Scored - 5.

Toni Kroos plays as an attacking midfielder or central midfielder for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. During Germany's 2014 World cup qualifying campaign, Kroos scored his first two competitive international goals in a 6-1 win over Ireland in Dublin. On 6 september 2013, he scored the team's second goal in a 3-0 win over Austria. Kroos is known for his passing accuracy, and the ability to set up goals. He is also labelled as the "Complete Midfielder". He has been described by Jonathan Wilson as "the archetype of a modern attacking midfielder".

Mario Gotze
Date of Birth - 2 June 1992 (Age 21).
Place of Birth - Memmingen, Germany.
Height - 1.76m (5ft 9in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder / Winger / False 9.
Current Club - Bayern Munich.
Number - 19.
Previous Club - Borrusia Dortmund II, Borussia Dortmund.
National Caps - 26.
Goals Scored - 6.

Mario Gotze plays for Bayern Munich and the German national team. In addition to his favoured role as a number 10, Gotze is capable of playing as either a left or right winger and also as a false 9. He is considered to be an up-and-coming player, possessing high speed, excellent technical and dribbling skill, and play-making capabilities. Former German Football Association's technical director Mathias Sammer describes Gotze as "one of the best talents that Germany's ever had.

Andre Schurrle
Date of Birth - 6 November 1990 (Age 23).
Place of Birth - Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Height - 1.84m (6ft 0in).
Playing position - Forward
Current club - Chelsea.
Number - 14.
Previous Clubs - Mainz 05, Bayern Leverkusen.
National Caps - 30.
Goals Scored - 11.

Andre Schurrle currently plays for Chelsea FC and the German national team as a forward. He was a member of the German squad at UEFA Euro 2012. In November 2010, He received a call up to the senior team. He subsequently made his debut in a friendly against Sweden, appearing as a substitute in the 79th minute. On 29 May 2011, Schurrle scored his first goal for the senior team, during a friendly against Uruguay in a 2-1 win. One of Schurrle's key asset is his long-distance sprinting on the counter-attack. He also has an excellent fitness level, work-rate and pace. Schurrle is considered to be a "good finisher" and "capable of executing counter-attacks effectively.

Mesut Ozil
Date of Birth - 15 October 1988 (age 25).
Place of Birth - Gelsenkirchen, West Germany.
Height - 1.85m (5ft 11in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder.
Current Club - Arsenal.
Number - 11.
Previous Clubs - Schalke 04, Werder Bremen, Real Madrid.
National Caps - 52.
Goals Scored - 17.

Ozil plays as an attacking midfielder for Arsenal and the German national team. He gained international attention during the 2010 FIFA World cup and was nominated for the Golden Ball Award, which is awarded to the tournament's best player. He made his debut for the senior side during a friendly match against Norway on 11 February 2009. He scored his first goal for the senior team in his third appearance, another friendly, against South Africa on 5 September in Leverkusen at the BayArena. On an individual level, Ozil was rewarded for his outstanding Bundesliga play by being named the best player of the 1st leg of the 2009 Season. He ended the 2014 FIFA World cup qualification campaign as Germany's top scorer with nine goals. Ozil is one of Germany's finest players and will be a player to watch in Brazil.

Thomas Muller
Date of Birth - 13 September 1989 (Age 24)
Place of Birth - Weilheim. West Germany.
Height - 1.86m (6ft 1in).
Playing position - Forward / Attacking midfielder.
Currenct Club - Bayern Munich.
Number - 25.
Previouss Club - Bayern Munich II.
National caps - 47.
Goals Scored - 16.

Thomas Muller currently plays for Bayern Munich and the Germany national team. He plays as a midfielder or forward, and has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles as an attacking midfielder, a second striker, and on either wing. He has been praised for his pace, technique and composure. In the 2010 FIFA World cup, Thomas Muller was named the best young player of the tournament and won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer, with five goals and three assists. Muller is one of Germany's finest players and is considered a player to watch in Brazil.

Marco Reus
Date of Birth - 31 May 1989 (Age 24).
Place of Birth - Dortmund, West Germany.
Height - 1.80m (5ft 11in).
Playing position - Attacking midfielder / Winger.
Current Club - Borussia Dortmund.
Number - 11.
Previous Clubs - Rot Weiss Ahlen, Borussia Monchengladbach.
National Caps - 19.
Goals Scored - 7.

Marco Reus currently plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for Borussia Dortmund and the Germany national team. Reus is known for his versatility, speed and technique. On 7 October 2011, he made his debut against Turkey. He scored his first goal for the team on 26 May 2012 in a 5-3 defeat to Switzerland. On 22 June, he scored in the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-final against Greece, his first start for Germany in the tournament. Reus has established himself as a regular member of Joachim Low's side in the 2014 FIFA World cup qualification campaign.

Germany's 23 Man World Cup team
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Borussia Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Borussia Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund).

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Christoph Kramer (Borussia Monchengladbach), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal).
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