In our Germany: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to the team’s schedule and roster, as well as predicting how far the team will advance in the tournament.
Germany: Euro 2016 team preview:
Manager: Joachim Low
Captain: Bastian Schweinsteiger
Germany: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Sunday, June 12
Thursday, June 16
Tuesday, June 21
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Roma)
Midfielders: Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Andre Schuerrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund)
Forwards: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)
Germany: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
With their World Cup medals tucked neatly away in their back pockets, Germany will stride to France knowing they’re a team capable of accomplishing great things under the tutelage of Low.
Making that crucial step to glory on July 13 2014 in the Maracana was so vital for this group of wonderful footballers. The country regenerated its entire approach to the game in a 10-year spell, culminating in that iconic triumph. Now, with some old faces gone and new men involved, the challenge for these champions is to usher in an era of dominance.
Preparations for the tournament have not been plain sailing, though. In qualifying, which saw defeats versus the Republic of Ireland and Poland, as well as a recent friendly surrender against England from a 2-0 lead, there have been frailties. Experienced and now retired heads such as Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker and Miroslav Klose have been missed more than many expected, despite the plethora of youthful stars in the setup.
Additionally, some key men have endured difficult seasons. The Man of the Match in the World Cup final two years ago, Bastian Schweinsteiger, has been ravaged by injuries this term, as has the match-winner Mario Gotze, who has struggled to get regular games when fit with Bayern Munich. There will also be concerns about the limited full-back depth, while relying on Mario Gomez or Lukas Podolski for goals could be a worry.