After seeing powerful Germany absolutely obliterate overmatched Brazil 7-1 in Tuesday night’s now historic semifinal showdown, even the harshest critic must admit that Germany now has to be the odds-on-favorite to win the 2014 World Cup no matter what happens in Wednesday night’s other semifinal between the Netherlands and Argentina.
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If you either missed my pre-World Cup prediction that Germany would win it all or still don’t fully believe in Germany, then this fun-filled article on my top four reasons to bet on Germany to win the 2014 World Cup should give you the impetus you need to lay some green on Germany to win Sunday’s final.
My Top 4 Reasons To Bet On Germany To Win The World Cup
1. Germany’s Got Thomas Müller
Germany is led by superstar forward Thomas Muller, the second-leading scorer in the 2014 World Cup and reigning Golden Boot winner of the 2010 World Cup.
Still just 24-years-old, the 6-foot-1-inch Müller has proven himself to be a virtual machine this World Cup as he ranks third in total minutes played this Cup (562), currently sitting just eight minutes behind Brazil’s David Luiz and teammate Toni Kroos.
However, of the ten leading World Cup scorers, only Müller has topped the 500-minute plateau, outpacing Netherlands forward Arjen Robben by nearly 80 minutes.
“Müller’s a player who’s honest and genuine and keeps getting in there and keeps arriving on the scene,” said Chris Waddle, the former English star soccer and current BBC analyst. “He gets his chances because of his honesty and endeavor. If you make 20 runs, you might get one chance, and he’ll make every one of those 20 runs.”
Müller has banged home four goals with his right foot and one with his left and has added three assists after knocking in five goals and three assist back in 2010 to win the Golden Boot.
“He is a very generous player who makes a lot of defensive efforts,” said French manager Didier Deschamps. “He’s an engine for their team.”
Despite his fairly newfound status as one of soccer’s most elite players, Müller is known for being well-grounded.
“I know I don’t have the most elegant style; I’m not a magician,” he told the magazine France Football last month. “But I’m unpredictable, and I know what needs to be done: Go where it hurts, never give up, and play with lots of spontaneity.”
2. They Are Tactical
Simply put, Germany play the style of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. You know what I mean…they share the ball, despite having at least two superstar quality kinds of players and a boatload of others that could apparently fill that role.
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Not only is Germany unselfish, but they also like to play defense like the Spurs do, as their four goals allowed in six matches indicates.
In routing Brazil, Germany recorded its biggest World Cup win since routing Saudi Arabia 8-0 in a group match in 2002. They also handed stunned Brazil their most-lopsided loss ever and the nation’s first official competitive match loss on home soil since 1975, when Peru won 3-1 at the very same stadium in the Copa America.
Sound familiar…like when the Spurs went all record-breaking crazy on the stunned Miami Heat?
“It was of course not exactly expected. The space we had was bigger than against defensive teams,” Müller said. “We took advantage of it superbly, the opponent at some point gets broken. Now we have to pull all the stops one more time and lift the thing. We should keep our feet on the ground.”
Even Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari recognized Germany’s elite playing level.
“The German quality is very, very high,” the shocked Brazil coach said. “This is not normal.”
Sounds a lot like the Spurs huh?
3. Manuel Nuer is the ‘Man’
Manuel Neuer has been dubbed “the best goalkeeper in the world” by legendary German keeper Oliver Kahn as the nation’s current superstar net-minder gets set for Sunday’s final.
Khan is spot-on in his assessment of Neuer with the seemingly eight-limbed keeper playing as big a role in the team’s success this World Cup as anyone. Neuer routinely cuts off long passes and crosses and has the timing and athleticism of some sort of ninja gymnast.
Neuer has allowed just four goals in six matches and has made the impossible look ordinary fairly routinely I might add.
“He has proven at this World Cup that he is currently the world’s best goalkeeper,” said Kahn, the captain of the 2002 German national squad.
“Everyone knows that he is a wonderful footballer who can play really well. But what is crucial is that in important situations, he can rescue the victory. That is ultimately what he will be measured by.”
Kahn was voted best player and goalkeeper at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan.
4. Mr. ‘Mo-Mentum’ is on Their Side!
Honestly…raise your hand if you think Germany is going to lose the 2014 World Cup final after routing host nation Brazil on Tuesday night?
It doesn’t matter if Lionel Messi and Argentina win or the surprising, but high-scoring Netherlands reach the final, Germany is too smart, too talented and too determined to be stopped right now – and I didn’t even mention their momentum yet.
Germany now has a 64 percent chance of winning the Cup according to fivethirtyeight.com, but I don’t need any fancy statistics to tell me that Germany has too much momentum to be stopped right now…kind of like the Spurs when they took a 3-1 NBA Finals lead over the Heat.
The Spurs were not going to be denied this year and neither will a very experienced, well-coached and momentum-filled Germany squad.