Originally featured on the TalkingTikiTaka – WC2014 Blog
Like many of the countries competing in this year’s world cup, Germany are just one of many who have turned to youth in the selection of their 30 man provisional squad for this years tournament. Germany, a purveyor of integrating young players into their national side have named a 30 man squad including the likes of talented young Schalke midfielders Leon Goretzka and Max Meyer alongside a number of promising young german stars in all areas of their squad. Along with both Goretzka and Meyer who have been regular first team starters this season for Schalke, Erik Durm of Borussia Dortmund, Shkodran Mustafi of Sampdoria and highly sought after defender Matthias Ginter have also been shortlisted. Andre Hahn is also rewarded for his fantastic showings for Augsburg, an unsurprising choice for many who closely follow the German Bundesliga Joachim Low named Germany’s youngest squad for 76 years, four years ago in South Africa and although the average age is slightly older this time round, it does look like a leopard never changes his spots as both Low and German football look to the future to bring them success in this summer’s World Cup.
Despite missing a large part of the season due to injury, Sami Khedira gets the nod but Mario Gomez misses out after missing a large part of the Serie A season with Fiorentina. One of the oldest players not only in the German squad but also in this summer’s World Cup Miroslav Klose will look to build on his prolific international goalscoring record in what could possibly be his last World Cup and his experience on the big stage will certainly lend itself well to the young inexperienced players who have been drafted in such as Kevin Volland of TSG Hoffenheim, who will look to build on his domestic goalscoring record in this summer’s world cup in Brazil. Unquestionably, despite the many young inclusions, Joachim Low has a wealth of talent on his hands and some big decisions will need to be made in choosing a final 23 man squad from a set of 30 players who arguably all deserve a seat on the plane to Rio. Germany have been drawn in Group G against Ghana, United States and Portugal and will hope their much more balanced mix of youth and experience will bode much better for them in 2014 when compared to their 2010 World Cup campaign.
Germany’s 30 man Provision squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Roman Weidenfeller (Dortmund), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover)
Defenders : Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Erik Durm (Dortmund), Kevin Grosskreutz (Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Marcell Jansen (Hamburg), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Shkodran Mustafi (Sampdoria), Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Leverkusen), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Leon Goretzka (Schalke), Mario Gotze (Bayern Munich), Andre Hahn (Augsburg), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Max Meyer (Schalke), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Arsenal), Marco Reus (Dortmund), Andre Schurrle (Chelsea), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich)
Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim)