This Era Of German Domination Is Just Beginning

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    Updated: July 14, 2014
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    First, let me say congratulations to the German National team on their World Cup win. This was the team I said from two years ago would win the cup and all my predictions on the site were correct. There was not a more complete team on the planet and they proved it with their World Cup win. But now that we’ve witnessed Germany’s 4th World Cup, what’s next? What are we truly witnessing from this German team? I think we are on the precipice of something unprecedented in World Futbol, and the Germans are at the core of it.

     

    Young Stars Will Grow Into Even Bigger German Giants…

     

    The game-winning goal for the Germans came from Mario Goetze who was assisted by Andre Schurrle. The Man of the Match in the Finals was Mesut Ozil. The person that could have been man of the match was Jerome Boateng. And the man that’s scored 5 goals in back to back World Cups is Thomas Muller. Now, I named those players for a reason. Look at the ages of that young German Core: Ozil 24, Boateng 25, Goetze 22, Muller 24, Schurrle 23…yikes. That doesn’t include other young players like Sami Khedira, Mats Hummels Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Ilkay Gundogan and a host of others who are still relatively young. This golden generation of German players is still about 3-4 years from hitting their primes, and they’ve already tasted World Cup victory. 

    My 2014 prediction that the Germans would win the World Cup was berthed from the German National team in the 2010 World Cup. In the 2010 World Cup they finished 4th but they were a bunch of young talented players who had never accomplished much in their young careers. They needed to lose on the biggest stage in order to come back a force to be reckoned with. And for four years German coach Joachim Loew watched as all his players grew with their club teams and came back more knowledgeable with every passing season.

    Meanwhile, when the national team got together for international friendlies and competitions, Loew never let them forget that Germans only play to do one thing, to win World Cups. And that has always been the German way and now it’s starting to bear fruit. And this World Cup was just the beginning of a master plan put into place years ago.

     

    These Things Come in Waves…

     

    The Footballing world just witnessed a Golden Era of Spanish Football and it was beautiful to see. But as everyone was aware, the foundation for the Spanish success was built from the ground up at club youth level within the country and it blossomed into three straight tournament wins for the Spaniards. Barcelona was king for a large stretch of the Spanish reign, and Real Madrid and other clubs around Spain have always prided themselves on bringing up players in their ranks. At the core of that Spanish domination were Xavi Hernandez and Andreas Iniesta.

    Both players were brought up in Barcelona’s famous La Masia Academy, and with that core two controlling the Spanish mid-field, they built the nations national team into a powerhouse. The same pattern is repeating itself with the German national team and all the club teams in Germany. At Club level, there Germans have some of the best sides on Earth. Between powerhouse Bayern Munich, and the always fun to watch Borussia Dortmund, the German brand of football has become some of the best in Europe. The German starting 11 was mostly comprised of Bayern and Dortmund players sprinkled in with a few other top-class players from huge European clubs.

    Just like with Barca’s domination in Europe helped breed the core for Spain, the Bayern Munich machine is doing the exact same thing now with the Germans. Bayern’s dominance and Dortmund’s persistence to be great have helped propel the Bundesliga into the top 3 of European Top Flight Leagues. The Bundesliga has now surpassed the Serie A in terms of dominance and prominence as of right now. And this World Cup win will only enhance the Bundesliga’s standing across the globe. 

    This World Cup win is just the beginning for this Golden Era of German football. I can see the Germans winning Euro 2016 and doing the unthinkable and repeating for the World Cup in 2018. It’s still too early to say who will win any future tournaments, but if this team has shown anything, it’s that they get better with age. The World is on alert, the Germans are here, and they’re as hungry as ever. And that’s not going to be good for anyone.

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