So there it is. Another World Cup has been and gone and Germany record their first tournament win as a unified nation. Not only were there were strong individual performances throughout the competition, but Joachim Low’s side were by far and away the best team on show too. Minus the blip in the group stages against Ghana, the Germans put in mesmerising displays all the way to the final, steamrollering Portugal and the hosts, Brazil in the process. In the final, a piece of individual brilliance and improvisation from 22 year-old starlet, Mario Gotze was enough to sink Messi and his Argentine colleages. Their triumph at the Maracana has now taken Germany’s World Cup tally up to an enviable four, but an even more frightening prospect however is what this set of players could go on to achieve. Excluding 36 year-old Miroslav Klose, who finally surpassed the great Ronaldo to become the highest goalscorer in World Cup finals history, and captain Philipp Lahm, every player to gain minutes for Germany in Brazil was under the age of 30. With this World Cup surely capping off a sensational international career for Klose and Lahm also calling time and stepping down as captain, it isn’t as if Low will be struggling to find the players to replace them.
At present, Germany is arguably the most exciting hotbed of talent on the planet. In the last few seasons, we have been treated to the goods from the academy conveyor belts of likes of Borussia Dortmund and Schalke, and suffice to say, the Bundesliga has benefited from it. The depth of talent is so large in fact that players like Mario Gomez, who scored 12 goals in 11 games in his final season at Bayern and Marc-Andre ter Stegen (new shot-stopper of Barcelona no less) cannot even get near the senior national side. Couple this with the fact that the spine of the team; Neuer, Hummels, Schweinsteiger, Kroos, Ozil could all potentially compete in the next two World Cup tournaments and the German Beatle as he is fondly known has a very nice selection problem on his hands.