The Germany World Cup 2022 squad seems to be a legitimate contender, even if the Jogi Löw era hasn’t been completely forgotten. This is not peaking Germany – a Nations League defeat to Hungary demonstrated that – but it is a more competitive team than was on display at Euro 2020. A new manager has emerged for the squad, Hansi Flick, who has a reputation for ruthless play and has restored its balance under his leadership. Perhaps, for this reason.
The best indication of their turnaround came after a muted 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in Flick’s first game in charge: Germany won the home game against Liechtenstein 9-0 two months later. It is Jonas Hofmann who is the headline story when it comes to personnel. Despite his age, Borussia Monchengladbach’s winger has been an integral part of the team for the past three seasons. He has proven incredibly versatile, even as a goalscoring right-sided wing-back.
Germany’s confidence remained intact despite avoiding defeat to the Netherlands and England in 2022, allowing them to beat European champions Italy 5-2 in late June. Considering German midfield riches, Toni Kroos’ retirement after Euro 2020 wasn’t unexpected or problematic, but it reminded us that the country is going through a generational shift. It may be Manuel Neuer’s final World Cup, and it may be the same for Thomas Muller, Ilkay Gundogan, and Marco Reus if he is healthy, given his ankle injury. There isn’t much time left for this team to enjoy each other before Euro 2024 in Germany.
Although there was a smile on the face of the German FA when they opened their new St George’s Park equivalent campus in Frankfurt (theirs), they continue to endure rather than enjoy. While they will face hard questions about what they will do to raise human rights issues in Qatar, similar to every other FA and team at this tournament, they will also face hard questions about whether their words will be followed by action. Players have been responsible for speaking up so far. It is almost free to enter this tournament. In two years, Flick & Co will host their first European Championship; an opportunity squandered in the last. With good performances, which all signs suggest will be the case, Germany may reach the tournament’s latter stages.
This is the 26-man final Germany squad for the 2022 World Cup:
- GK: Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich
- GK: Kevin Trapp, Eintracht Frankfurt
- GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Barcelona
- DF: Thilo Kehrer, West Ham
- DF: Niklas Sule, Borussia Dortmund
- DF: Lukas Klostermann, RB Leipzig
- DF: Christian Gunter, SC Freiburg
- DF: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Southampton
- DF: David Raum, RB Leipzig
- DF: Antonio Rudiger, Real Madrid
- DF: Nico Schlotterbeck, Borussia Dortmund
- DF: Matthias Ginter, Freiburg
- MF: Joshua Kimmich, Bayern Munich
- MF: Mario Gotze, Eintracht Frankfurt
- MF: Jonas Hofmann, Borussia Monchengladbach
- MF: Julian Brandt, Borussia Dortmund
- MF: Leon Goretzka, Bayern Munich
- MF: Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City
- MF: Kai Havertz, Chelsea
- MF: Jamal Musiala, Bayern Munich
- FW: Leroy Sane, Bayern Munich
- FW: Thomas Muller, Bayern Munich
- FW: Serge Gnabry, Bayern Munich
- FW: Karim Adeyemi, Borussia Dortmund
- FW: Niclas Fullkrug, Werder Bremen
- FW: Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund
What is the name of Germany’s World Cup 2022 manager?
He was a key figure in Germany’s 2014 World Cup victory and Bayern Munich’s spine coach during his historic tenure. His tactician is adaptable and sharp as a whip, and he knows his team well – something that makes him a terrifying combination, especially for a team as consistent as Germany.
The Group Of The Germany World Cup
With a FIFA ranking of No.12, Germany goes into the World Cup with the confidence that it will make it through Group E. Their second group game of the World Cup, against Spain on November 27, is likely to be Flick’s first major test before facing Japan and Costa Rica in the next two weeks.
|Wed, Nov. 23||Germany vs. Japan||7 pm||Khalifa Int’l|
|Wed, Nov. 23||Spain vs. Costa Rica||10 pm||Al Thumama|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Japan vs. Costa Rica||4 pm||Ahmad Bin Ali|
|Sun, Nov. 27||Spain vs. Germany||1 am||Al Bayt|
|Thurs, Dec. 1||Japan vs. Spain||1 am||Khalifa Int’l|
|Thurs, Dec. 1||Costa Rica vs. Germany||1 am||Al Bayt|