Germany is ranked number one in the world for a reason heading into the World Cup.
Despite not having two of its best players, current FIFA World Player Nadine Kessler and midfielder Fatmire Alushi, Germany still has tremendous talent.
The squad qualified for Canada in perfect fashion, winning all ten of its games, scoring 64 goals and only allowing four.
Not to mention Germany’s coach, Silvia Neid, has been involved in both of Germany’s World Cup wins as well as all eight of its European Championships either as a player, assistant coach, or head coach. Neid announced that she will be retiring next summer, making this her last World Cup. The players and Neid will be thirsty to get the record third World Cup title for the 50-year-old’s last chance.
Anja Mittag will definitely help in doing so. Her ability to finish from almost any position is a major threat to any team. She scored 61 goals in 68 games for her club Rosengard before signing with Paris Saint-Germain. Her ability to produce goals will be one of the best in the tournament.
Another talented player, Dzenifer Marozsan, will be one to watch for the German squad. The 23-year-old midfielder is the daughter of former Hungary international Janos Marozsan. Her footwork and ability to create something out of nothing makes her one of the best players to watch on the women’s side. She is crucial to the German’s success this summer.
Group B, consisting of the Ivory Coast, Norway, and Thailand shouldn’t give Germany much of a scare. The Germans are expected to breeze through the group stage and presumably make it the the final. Germany plays its first game on Sunday 7 June at 21:00 against the Ivory Coast.