Is this Germany squad stronger than the World Cup winning one?
Germany manager Joachim Low giving instruction to a player involved in both squads, Matthias Ginter. (Photo by Odd Andersen/AFP)

Germany are a country embroiled with a rich footballing history, winning four World Cup's and three European Championships.

Their greatest achievement in recent memory however, was a World Cup win back in 2014, which is currently manager Joachim Low's only major trophy in his 15 years in charge of Die Mannschaft.

Now , ahead of Low's last tournament as boss, he has picked a squad he believes worthy of winning, in his final swansong.

The question everyone is asking, is whether this team is as strong as it has been in past years, and if it is good enough to repeat the trophy winning feat of seven years ago.


2014: Manuel Neuer, Ron-Robert Zieler, Roman Weidenfeller

2021: Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer, Kevin Trapp

In Germany's World Cup winning year, Manuel Neuer was performing in his third straight tournament for Low, and was arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the world at that time.

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Fast-forward to today, and Neuer is now regarded of one of the greatest goalkeeper's to ever play the game, and seen as a pioneer for the position, with many believing that he was the beginning for the 'Sweeper Keeper' role.

He is still performing at the top of his game, and will want to perform in what may be one of his last tournaments.

Ron-Robert Zieler and Roman Weidenfeller went into their summer knowing the same as Bernd Leno and Kevin Trapp will know now. They will only be needed if 6ft 4in Neuer is struck down with injury.

However, they are stronger backups then an ageing Weidenfeller and inexperienced Zieler were, so as a whole this position looks to be strengthened.

Stronger or Weaker: Stronger


2014: Kevin Grosskreutz, Benedikt Howedes, Mats Hummels, Erik Durm, Phillip Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Jerome Boateng, Shkodran Mustafi, Matthias Ginter.

2021: Matthias Ginter, Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, Marcel Halstenberg, Mats Hummels, Lukas Klostermann, Robin Koch, Antonio Rudiger, Niklas Sule.

The main names that jump out here are Mats Hummels and Matthias Ginter as those are the only two the Low picked for both his 2014 winners and 2021 hopefuls.

This shows the inexperience of winning if the defensive area of this Germany side.

The missing out of Jerome Boateng, whom is still playing club football, shows that Low is trying to go with youth over experience for this tournament.

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Philip Lahm's retirement is a big hit between both squads, as he was a superb leader for the team.

The Euro's side certainly have defensive talent in Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger and Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule, however it's the lack of experience that may cost Die Mannschaft here.

Stronger or Weaker: Weaker


2014: Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mesut Ozil, Andre Schurrle, Julian Draxler, Toni Kroos, Mario Gotze, Cristoph Kramer.

2021: Emre Can, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hoffman, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Florian Neuhaus.

When looking at Low's midfield from 2014, all you see is legendary talent.

 Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze, just to name a few, were all crucial in that campaign.

Kroos retains his place from that year, and his creativity and eye for a pass could be crucial this summer for Germany.

With that, the leadership and talent of Joshua Kimmich, the silky dribbling and control of young Kai Havertz and the powerhouse Leon Goretzka, you would have to argue this midfield is just as strong.

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Stronger or Weaker: Equal


2014: Lukas Podolski, Miroslav Klose, Thomas Muller.

2021: Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Kevin Volland.

It was quite baffling when Low only named three recognised forwards for the 2014 World Cup, however it was a move that proved to be brilliant, as they won the tournament.

Low's extra midfielders including the aforementioned Gotze and Mesut Ozil played their part in a 4-3-3 system.

With squads of 26 players permitted as opposed to the usual 23, and these European Championships, Low has opted to use those extra players in attack.

The pace of Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane combined with the experience and eye-for-goal of legend Thomas Muller, could be a key element of Die Mannschaft's play as Low looks as though he will opt for a three in attack once more.

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Stronger or Weaker: Stronger.

Overall opinion

In Joachim Low's final swansong, he has certainly picked a squad capable of going all the way. Although this team is slightly lacking in experience, it more than makes up for it in talent.

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Arguably this is the strongest Germany squad since that famous tournament win, and there is no reason why they cannot repeat that winning feat, for Low to finish win the perfect Euro's.