FIFA World Cup 2022: Will Mario Götze be the good luck charm for the Germany team?
The 30-year-old, who has been in impressive form for Eintracht Frankfurt this season, scored the only goal of Germany’s 2014 final victory over Argentina.
Manager Hansi Flick announced his squad on November 10.
Dortmund’s 17-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko has also been included, but his veteran team-mate Mats Hummels did not make the cut.
Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan, Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap and West Ham’s Thilo Kehrer are the English-based players in the squad.
Ex-Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger and former England under-21 midfielder Jamal Musiala are also going to the tournament.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner, who is on loan at RB Leipzig and Dortmund captain Marco Reus miss out through injury.
Germany World Cup 2022 squad
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (FC Barcelona), Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt)
Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap (Southampton), Matthias Ginter (Freiburg), Christian Gunter (Freiburg), Thilo Kehrer (West Ham), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), David Raum (RB Leipzig), Antonio Rudiger (Real Madrid), Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund), Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund)
Midfielders: Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Monchengladbach), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich.
Strikers: Karim Adeyemi (Borussia Dortmund), Niclas Fullkrug (Werder Bremen), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Youssoufa Moukoko (Borussia Dortmund), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Bayern Munich)
DAS IST UNSER #WM-KADER! 🙌🇩🇪#GER #WM2022 @FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/MBHXYGjQo5— DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) November 10, 2022
Youssoufa Moukoko, a star for Borussia Dortmund, is going to the World Cup even though he will turn 18 on the first day of the games.
Karim Adeyemi, a young star at Dortmund, is also on the list. Their captain, Marco Reus, can’t play because he’s hurt, and Flick left out vice-captain Mats Hummels, even though he’s been in great shape.
One of the names at center-back is Southampton’s Armel Bella-Kotchap. Thilo Kehrer, Kai Havertz, and Ilkay Gundogan are the other people who play in the Premier League.
Some of the first names on the team sheet are likely to be Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Müller, and Ilkay Gundogan. Timo Werner will not be able to play because he hurt a ligament in his ankle. In his place, there is a chance that Niclas Fullkrug of Werder Bremen or Nils Petersen of Freiburg could make the plane. Lukas Nmecha of Wolfsburg is the only other recognized striker on the Germany team, but he hasn’t played yet under Flick.
Who will Germany face in the Qatar journey?
When the quartet competes in World Cup 2022 Group E this November, neither Spain nor Germany will overlook groupmates Japan and Costa Rica.
Japan advanced to the Round of 16 at the last World Cup, where it gave Belgium everything they could handle before losing 3-2, while Costa Rica surprised everyone in 2014 by finishing first in Group D with England, Italy, and Uruguay before defeating Greece in the Round of 16.
Of course, the favorites to emerge from the group will be Spain’s Luis Enrique and Germany’s Hansi Flick, but anything can happen in Qatar.
Germany are one of the most successful teams at the World Cup. They have won the tournament four times (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and have appeared in a total of eight finals.
At the Russia World Cup in 2018 it was a shock that Germany failed to advance past the group stage. They crashed out after losing 2-0 to South Korea leaving them bottom of Group F.
Germany’s protest against Qatar
Following comments made by Germany’s Interior Minister, Nancy Faeser, the country was recently embroiled in a diplomatic incident with the hosts. Qatar summoned Germany’s ambassador to explain Faeser’s comments on German television, in which he called the decision to hold the tournament in the Gulf state “very difficult.”
Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, lamented Germany’s “double standards” in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
“On the one hand, government politicians misinform the German people,” Al-Thani said. “However, when it comes to energy partnerships or investments, the government has no objections.”
Protests against the competition were staged at matches on the penultimate Bundesliga weekend before the winter break by fans of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, and Hertha Berlin.
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