Germany will head into the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with confidence and a belief that they can win the Gold medal.
Since the Olympic Games first featured the Men's Soccer tournament in 1912, Germany has only manage to get a medal twice, a Bronze medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games and a second Bronze medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games. After seeing the full senior squad only make it to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, the country will be hoping their talented youth will give them something to cheer about this summer.
Horst Hrubesch, Germany's head coach for the Games, named his 18-man roster recently and the roster has the look of a team fully capable of going all the way.
The Bender brothers look to provide a solid backbone
When the roster was announced, as part of the senior players allowed to play in the Games for the Men's Soccer tournament, both Lars Bender and Sven Bender were on the roster. The brothers currently ply their trade in the Bundesliga for Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund respectively and both will bring leadership and experience pff the field and in the midfield for the team.
Young starlets such as Timo Horn, Mathias Ginter, Niklas Süle and Max Meyer, who are all experienced Bundesliga players with their various clubs, will look to add to the experience that the Bender brothers bring to the team.
Hrubesch on his final selection
Hrubesch spoke to the official website for the German national teams about the expectations of the Olympic games and how, "the anticipation ahead of the Olympic Games is massive."
Hrubesch also spoke of how he felt that his final roster has, "a good mix of current U21 players and older players and that he was happy for every individual and the potential that each player would bring to the team."
Germany are in Group C alongside Mexico, Korea Republic and Fiji, and will kick-off their Olympic tournament against Mexico on August 4th at the Fonte Nova Arena in Salvador.
Germany's final roster in full:
Goalkeepers: Timo Horn (1. FC Köln), Jannik Huth (Mainz 05).
Defenders: Robert Bauer (FC Ingolstadt), Mathias Ginter (Borussia Dortmund), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Philipp Max (FC Augsburg), Niklas Süle (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Sven Bender (Borussia Dortmund), Julian Brandt (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Max Christiansen ( FC Ingolstadt 04), Serge Gnabry (Arsenal FC), Leon Goretzka (FC Schalke 04), Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04), Grischa Prömel (Karlsruher SC), Jeremy Toljan (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim).
Forwards: Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg), David Selke (RB Leipzig).
Quotes via DFB.de