Will Germany shine once again in Euro 2016?

After the German national side simply took their counter-parts on the world stage by storm last summer throughout the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, there can no longer be any doubt surrounding Die Mannschaft and Germany’s no. 1 status on the global scene right now.

Despite the likes of Spain, Holland, and holders France each currently hosting a pretty impressive squad respectively at this stage in the 2015/16 domestic season, the Germans will nevertheless enter Euro 2016 as the deserved favourites to win the tournament outright next summer. The level of organisation brought about by their manager – Joachim Löw – throughout last year’s World Cup simply places his star-studded team in a rank above their opponents with all things considered.

 

Are Germany good enough for Euro 2020?

However, as the current Germany squad is nonetheless missing a few previously integral members among its admittedly healthy ranks at the time of writing this Euro 2016 preview, do Bastien Schweinsteiger and co. ultimately have what it takes to shine once again in the summer?

Well, considering the fact that the Germans can no longer call upon current Arsenal center-back, Per Mertesacker, ex-World Cup-winning captain Philip Lahm, as well as the all-time leading World Cup goal-scorer Miroslav Klose due to each player reaching international retirement – Joachim Löw’s side simply aren’t the same team that proved so impressive in Brazil last summer.

On the contrary, without the coolly composed figure of Philipp Lahm in place to organise his ranks effectively and constantly give directions to his teammates across the pitch, Germany will nevertheless be lacking a certain something ahead of Euro 2020 – unless an immediate Lahm replacement is somehow sourced in the meantime.

 

World Cup Flop

For now though, although Bastien Schweinsteiger would seemingly make a fine replacement for his former Bayern Munich teammate on the surface, the new man at Old Trafford this term simply hasn’t played a great deal since the World Cup last summer – in light of his constant stream of niggling injury problems. Schweinsteiger may currently be fit enough to represent Manchester United under Louis van Gaal, but whether or not the 31-year-old can endure another hard summer of intense international fixtures remains another matter altogether…

However, even though Philipp Lahm will undoubtedly leave a great void within Joachim Löw’s current set-up, perhaps the loss of Miroslav Klose will be the most keenly felt change among the German national team in light of this Euro 2020 prediction.

Let’s face it, although the Polish-born centre-forward isn’t exactly the most technically gifted striker the world has ever seen, as well as certainly not being blessed when it comes to pace and outrunning his opposition – Klose is just the kind of player every successful team needs to make it on the international stage. Like Gerd Müller before him in a Germany shirt, the current Lazio hit-man simply knows just where to be in and around the penalty area, as well as exactly what time to arrive there in order to score a goal.

Klose is therefore one of the finest close-quarter finishers of the modern era, for no player can score the most World Cup goals in the history of the tournament without being admittedly that little bit special. At the not so flattering age of 37-years-old, the former Werder Bremen and Bayern man hardly represents the best option for his national side nowadays – yet as neither Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Marco Reus or Andre Schürrle offer quite the same credentials as Mirsolav Klose in the striking department – Germany could well be left surprisingly short of options across the Euro 2016 finals.

 

Germany’s Euro 2020 Chances

However, by now the rest of the world simply must know better than to second guess the Germans. As a nation, the high flying Europeans have never been the type to look back on their past victories and curse their current position. We simply have to expect Germany to have at least one or two more aces up their collective sleeve this season, in order to shine once again next summer.

Die Mannschaft currently aren’t without their fair share of young exciting options by any means after all. The likes of Karim Bellarabi, Mario Götze and Sebastian Rode certainly offer their manager enough of a youthful look going forward – and with the usual world-class likes of Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller all solidly in place to continue their fine form on the international stage – Joachim Löw isn’t exactly short of talent going into Euro 2016.

As it’s also worth considering that both Marco Reus and Ilkay Gündoğan were unfortunately ruled out from the World Cup through injury – Germany could actually find themselves in an even stronger position than ever before next summer with a fully fit squad.

 

The Verdict

Euro 2020 therefore offers every chance of becoming another huge triumph for Joachim Löw and the German national team, even in light of the several significant departures from their ranks.

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