The 2012/13 season was a watershed one in terms of the wider world’s appreciation of the strength of German football and with more footballers from the nation in the running for the 2013 Ballon d’Or than any other it’s easy to why they’re 4/1 second-favourites in the World Cup betting.
Die Mannschaft can call upon no less than five members of the 2013 shortlist.
Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger were all among those deemed worthy of consideration for recognition as the world’s best player of 2013 and all are regulars for their nation under Joachim Low.
No other country had more than two players on the list with Uruguay, Spain, Brazil and the Netherlands boasting a brace of nominees each.
Meanwhile Argentina, equal third-favourites with Spain in bwin’s World Cup betting, have only Lionel Messi among their potential squad members.
A further three players on the 23-man list also plied their trade in the Bundesliga.
In total seven men in the star-studded selection currently ply their trade in the German top flight, vouching for its burgeoning status as Europe’s coming league.
The home grown contingent are swelled by Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski who make the Bundesliga the best-represented division on the list, with La Liga second thanks to five representatives.
As such Germany is benefitting from a symbiotic relationship between its coaching methods and some of the world’s greatest players from other schools of tactical thought which can only aid future potential home internationals.
The atmosphere of supreme tactical nous in German football was also recognised with Champions League-winning former Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes and Borussia Dortmund’s Jurgen Klopp nominated for the Coach of the Year award.
Four of Germany’s nominees play for Bayern Munich.
The spine of the Die Roten side that smashed Barcelona to smithereens in last season’s Champions League forms the foundations of Joachim Low’s eleven too, with a member in each of the lines from goalkeeper (Neuer), through defence (Lahm), to midfield (Schweinsteiger) and attack (Muller).
As such they have an understanding fostered at the world’s dominant club side similar to the one Spain have boasted during their recent period of international dominance.