An all German Champions League final is great for the nation.
German football legend Franz Beckenbauer believes that Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund reaching the Champions League football proves the country is on top.
Beckenbauer is confident that Germany’s success on the domestic stage will bode well for the national side at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Germany is on its way. Teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and the national team are on their way, maybe next year on their way to Brazil to win the World Cup,” the former player and manager told fifa.com.
“That means that German football is really on the top.”
The success of Bayern and Dortmund in the semi-finals of the top European competition has led many critics to say there has been a shift in footballing dominance from Spain to Germany.
The Munich side beat four-time European champions Barcelona over two-legs 7-0, despite many believing Barca would triumph.
The Catalan team won the tournament in 2009 and 2011 but were humbled by the Bundesliga winners.
Similarly Dortmund knocked out all-time record European Cup winners Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate, mainly due to a crushing 4-1 home victory in which striker Robert Lewandowski netted all four.
Beckenbauer believes that Germany’s dominance is due to their investment in youth football.
Current national team players and Bayern and Dortmund stars Manuel Neuer, Mario Gotze, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marco Reus are all products of German youth sides.
Of the two line-ups in the Champions League no less than 12 of the starters are German and their national squad boasts a host of world-class stars.