Euro 2016 Group C preview: Germany

Joachim Low’s Germany will be looking to complete a World and European double as they look to claim a fourth European Championship. Will the world champions add another trophy to their collection?

Germany fell at the semi-finals at Euro 2012 image: sportsnet.ca

Germany fell in the final at Euro 2008 and in the semi-finals in 2012
image: sportsnet.ca

History

Germany will compete at a 12th European Championship and have won the tournament on three occasions on their debut in 1972, 1980 and 1996.

They have been runners-up on two occasions in losing to Czechoslovakia in 1976 and to Spain in 2008. They were knocked out in the semi-finals at Euro 1988 and 2012.

Key Player 

Thomas Muller has 32 goals in over 70 appreances for Germany image: youtube.com

Thomas Muller has 32 goals in over 70 appearances for Germany
image: youtube.com

Germany will once again look to Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller to lead them to glory as Joachim Low hopes it will be his goals that leads Germany to a World Cup and European Championship double.

The 26-year-old has scored at least 20 goals in his past four seasons with the German champions, including 32 last season and he will be hoping to add a few more to help Germany to a third European Championship.

He was top scorer at the 2010 World Cup, four goals from Muller helped Germany lift the World Cup in 2014 but now Muller will turn his attention to claiming the only silverware missing from his resume by banging in the goals at Euro 2016.

One to watch

Schalke winger Leroy Sane looks like he has the potential to be Germany’s next big star and the 20-year-old will be hoping to get the chance to shine at Euro 2016.

Leroy Sane made his Germany debut last November against France image: 90min.com

Leroy Sane made his Germany debut last November against France
image: 90min.com

He is incredibly quick, has great technique and will can cause many defences problems. He scored eight Bundesliga goals last season and also bagged lots of assists. His fine season with Schalke already has a number of clubs chasing the highly rated winger.

Sane got the call-up after Marco Reus was ruled out of a second successive tournament through injury and it is up to Sane to grab this chance and show Joachim Low that he is not just here to make up the numbers.

Squad

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre Ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen).

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Leroy Sane (Schalke), Andre Schurrle (Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Man United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Strikers: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray).

Germany aim to win a third European Championship image: irishmirror.ie

Germany aim to win a third European Championship
image: irishmirror.ie

Prediction: Semi Finals

Germany will no doubt top Group C with ease and there is no reason to doubt that they will be semi-finalists and very much could become our winners on 10 July with the amount of quality they have.

Thomas Muller will be the main man up front, Mario Gotze will be the advanced playmaker, Toni Kroos the holding man, Mats Hummels leading the line at the back and one of the best goalkeeper’s Manuel Neuer between the posts.

However, there is a lot of pressure on them to follow-up their World Cup success of two years ago with Euro 2016 glory. A semi-final date with hosts France is a possibility and if it comes to that, I think France will end their quest for the trophy.

Germany’s Fixtures

12 June v Ukraine (2000)

16 June v Poland (2000)

21 June v Northern Ireland (1700)

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