Can Germany Shake Off the Past at Qatar 2022?
As anyone who follows international football will know, the mighty force that was Germany has had a turbulent recent past. It was bad enough being knocked out of last year’s Euros by England in the round of sixteen. But that was nothing compared to failing to make it out of the group stage at the 2018 World Cup.
This means that all eyes will be on Hansi Flick’s team in Qatar this November and December amidst what is certain to be a global football frenzy.
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Whether Germany’s football team will be as fortunate remains to be seen.
The first big test will be for Hansi Flick’s management style. Luckily, the omens are good. Before being appointed following the team’s disappointing showing in Euro 2021 he had presided over a 30-match winning streak at Bayern Munich enjoying many highlights along the way.
Plus, as the national team’s manager, he has had a flying start with nine wins out of ten matches with 36 goals scored against four conceded. Admittedly, these were hard against the most challenging of oppositions. But it gives an indication of the aggressive goal-scoring tactics that are his speciality. So we can also expect to see the 4-2-3-1 formation that has proved so successful in the past.
In terms of the players who are set to be key if the team is to succeed, there’s been something of a new broom bringing in a new generation. One exception is the 36-year-old goalkeeper/captain Manuel Neuer, a trusted lieutenant of Flick from his Bayern Munich days.
Having a solid defence is also going to be key and two vital players at the back are going to be Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger.
In the midfield, Thomas Muller is certain to fulfil the role of major playmaker and there is great anticipation around just how the Chelsea forward Kai Havertz will settle into the team as a centre forward. He’s already shown just what he can do for the English club and hopes are high that he can reproduce this on the international stage too.
Germany finds itself in Group E alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica. With each group’s top two progressing to the knockout stage, this shouldn’t present a problem. But once the team comes up against tougher opposition, the great Flick experiment will be put to the test.
Whether it succeeds or fails, we’ll just have to wait and see.