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Who Has Been Germany’s Player Of The Tournament?

German Fans Celebrate Their Team During The World Cup.

After a fantastic World Cup run for Germany, that saw a young side full of inexperienced players defy the odds and reach the semi-finals of the world’s biggest football tournament, the team deserve all the praise Germany has to offer. Who, though, in Germany’s XI, has been most impressive?

I will short-list (in no specific order) and make a case for five players that I think have been key for Germany in their World Cup campaign. Then, you readers can vote on who you think has been the standout player for Die Mannschaft during the tournament.

Thomas Mueller – The young Bayern Munich starlet has caused quite a sensation at World Cup 2010. He has essentially come out of nowhere – having only been capped 7 times for the German national team and having only broken into Bayern Munich’s first-team this year – and has exploded onto the world’s biggest footballing stage. A star has truly been born in this young player, as we have seen time and again when he has played for Germany. Four World Cup goals and three assists at just 20 years old; the future certainly does look bright.

Bastian Schweinsteiger – Germany’s industrious midfielder, who played a much more attacking role in World Cup 2006, has matured into one of the best central midfield players in the world. His dynamism and ability to quickly win the ball in his own half and then immediately create a counter-attacking opportunity for his side has been a joy to watch. Schweinsteiger certainly seems to have taken the ‘Ballack role’ and made it his own.

Mesut Ozil – Germany’s attacking midfielder, who always seems so composed and calm, certainly does possess all the traits of a traditional trequartista. His flair and vision has been pivotal in Germany’s attacking moves, and his ability to play a killer ball or score a vital goal has been immense for a player as young as he is. Ozil, who plays his club football for Werder Bremen, is also new on the world’s stage and has caught the eye of many of the elite clubs across Europe.

Miroslav Klose – Germany’s World Cup veteran has once again been in fine form for his national side. Having won the Golden Boot in World Cup 2006, Klose was on course to write his name in the history books should he score 5 goals at World Cup 2010, and reach 15 all-time World Cup goals and be the tournament’s highest goal-scorer of all time, tied with Brazil’s Ronaldo. Klose has come off a shocking club season with Bayern Munich, but when his national side needed him he has performed admirably. Four goals for the experienced head in the side, and it could be the last we see of him in a German shirt.

Philipp Lahm – Germany’s World Cup captain, who took over from the injured Michael Ballack, has made crucial game-saving tackles and has marshalled his backline effectively. Lahm’s buccaneering style down the wing from his defensive position opens up another avenue in attack for Germany, and his pace and technique in attack compliment his defensive skills very well. He certainly is irreplaceable in Germany’s XI.

Who do you think Germany’s player of the tournament has been?

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Niso

    July 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

    i think muset ozil and muller are the best,, but there is many players example: lahm and Schweinsteiger and klose,, Germany always the best 😛

  2. Sandy

    July 11, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Mueller and klose owned this world cup !

  3. Rossy

    July 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Alk of the above players hv bn good n played their roles very wel. However, Schweinsteiger hs bn the best among them all. He stood out as a very good midfielder. I even 4got Ballack had an injury. Jst thought he had retired. Great Job guys

  4. Katee

    July 11, 2010 at 4:37 am

    Such a tough choice! Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, or Schweini.

    • Dylan Thomas

      July 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      I think it has to be Schweinsteiger. I just think he’s totally grown into a complete midfielder player and he’s made us all forget about the hole left by Ballack. I think if you take Schweinsteiger out of the side, there isn’t anyone who could replace him.

  5. Nicole

    July 9, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Tough call, because the whole team has been amazing. But my vote is for Mueller. He’s been unstoppable! 🙂

    P.S. Great job on this article!

  6. Sam

    July 9, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Schweinsteiger. He was great 2006 but now he’s amazing, Best midfielder this wc and a joy to watch. And he’s only 25!

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