Germany manager, Joachim Löw, is relishing his team’s World Cup semi-final encounter against hosts Brazil on Tuesday evening.
The Germans booked their place in the last four of the competition with a 1-0 win against France last Friday, and in so became the first nation in the history of the World Cup to reach four consecutive semi-finals.
Germany's golden generation?
The current Germany squad, often labelled as the “golden generation” in their native country, are desperate to win the nation’s first World Cup title in 24 years.
Indeed, Germany have never won the competition as an independent nation, with the Euro 1996 title being their only highlight over two decades of near misses.
Since Franz Beckenbauer led a vintage West Germany side to glory in Rome, the National Eleven have often bottled it at the last moment, with their last taste of a World Cup final coming back in 2002 when they lost 2-0 to Brazil in Japan.
They now have a massive chance to not only reach their first World Cup final in 12 years, but also in avenging their defeat against Brazil, who denied them a fourth international title.
Since 2002, Germany have been eliminated from each of the last three World Cup’s in the semi-final stage, and now come up against a nation who are carrying the weight of expectation on their shoulders.
Brazil faced with injury crisis
Phil Scolari’s side are expected to win their sixth World Cup title in their own country, but face an exceptionally hard job in getting to the final with both defender Thiago Silva suspended, and striker, Neymar, ruled out with a severe back injury.
Despite there being everything to play for, Löw is looking forward to the encounter between two heavyweights of international football, whilst also having one eye on the final prize, of reaching the World Cup final.
He told reporters: “This is a highlight, something very special and magnificent. My anticipation is insanely large, and that goes for everyone in the German national team, and indeed every other German.“
The 54 year old went on to say: “One thing is certain. We really want to play again in Rio, in the Maracana stadium, on the 13th July. We are not done yet.”
Löw and his Germany team will be met with whirlwind of deafening noise inside the Mineiro, with over 60,000 keen Brazilian fans doing everything they can to spur their side on.
Despite this, the former VfB Stuttgart manager is confident that his side have enough quality to match the hosts, and as a result will be able to spoil Brazil’s plans of making the final.
He said: “We have ways and means and the quality to send Brazil home. Our team has no fear. No one can wish of anything better other than a duel with Brazil, and then to go on and win the final.”
The 54-year-old has also stoked the fire, by admitting that a World Cup semi, or final, is the pinnacle of a player’s career, and an event which often goes down in the history of the beautiful game.
He continued: “There is nothing which can top a World Cup semi-final or a final, it is the biggest prize. History is made in these games.”
Löw has also expressed his excitement in Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands being left to battle it out in the last four, with nations who in his eyes are the real crème de la crème of international football.
He added: “Holland, Argentina, Germany and Brazil, these are the biggest countries with the best known players. It is the best collection for a world perspective.”
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