All 32 teams participating in the World Cup in Qatar are introduced.
In this issue, we introduce Group E, the German national team, which aims to win the World Cup in Qatar by forming a highly complete team by combining veterans who have won the 2002 tournament, mature midfielders, and youngsters who are still developing, with Hansi Flick, who won six titles with Bayern, as coach after ending Löw’s 15-year long reign.
|Number of appearances||20th（18th consecutive）|
|Population||8.319 million people|
＜Results of last 6 games＞
・Since Flick took over as manager, the team has remained undefeated in 13 matches without losing to strong opponents such as the Netherlands, Italy, and England. Even in the four Nations League matches in June, which were played under difficult conditions immediately after the season ended, the team showed its competitive spirit by winning its final match 5-2 against its “natural enemy” Italy.
・The center line of goalkeeper Neuer, CB Rüdiger, midfielder Kimmich, and attacking midfielder Müller provides offensive and defensive stability, and is supported by a solid lineup of up-and-coming midfielders such as left back Raum, CB Nico Schlotter-Beck, and midfielder Musiala, and young, rapidly developing players.
・The 2018 World Cup was eliminated in the qualifying rounds, and the final 16 in the EURO ended in disappointing results. Aiming for the top 4 in the final tournament, they will surely advance the game in a solid and conservative manner and impress the world about Germany’s comeback.
|（Date of birth）||February 24, 1965（57）|
・He was once second-in-command to his predecessor, Löb, and is a renowned general who won six titles as a coach at Bayern.
・Known as a personable person, he builds thick trusting relationships with his players.
・He calls for soccer that “keeps the initiative for as long as possible.”
・Since taking over, the team has successfully charted an upward curve by improving team strength by encouraging the development of individual players, including back-up players, and by defining the axis of the team by introducing the tactics (intense pressing with Gegenpress, extremely high final line, and high-speed counters) that led to the CL championship in the 19-20 season.
・In the Nations League in June, the team drew three consecutive games and was derided by mean-spirited fans as the “draw hansi” but a big win against Italy (2-5) erased any skepticism.
Basic Formations & Tactics
The greatest strength is quick and strong transitions during ball-loss and ball-retrieval
・The concept is based on building up from the rear, while quickly sending vertical passes to the front line when they see an opportunity, pushing the entire team to a higher position to accelerate the attack, and when defending, aiming for immediate recovery by gegenpressing as much as possible, while switching to retreats step by step with precise judgment.
・The difference with the previous administration is that it has the sensitivity to be flexible and responsive to the overall balance.
・The basic system was changed from [3-4-2-1] at the end of the previous administration to [4-2-3-1].
・Overall, the team is remarkably well-balanced, with no weaknesses to be found in either offense or defense. At the end of the previous regime, the team was too fixated on retaining the ball, and there were many scenes where the offensive and defensive balance collapsed, but under Frick, the team is more solid and conservative in this respect, which gives the team a sense of stability.
・A source of concern is how to compensate for the absence of a pure striker, while many players can create chances.
・The goalkeeper Neuer and two CBs with midfielder Kimmich at the center of the buildup.
・The left back, Raum, takes a high position like a winger, creating a “left shoulder up” shape to carry the ball past the opponent’s defensive line. The right backs, Klosterman and Köhler, who can also play CB, then join the final line to maintain balance.
Even if the opponent blocks the path of the ball, the player can leave it to Neuer at the tail end of the field without trying to forcibly connect with it. The main rule is to move quickly vertically, but even if the opponent presses you, you can distribute the ball right over the top of them into the open space in the midfield, so that they cannot rush in carelessly.
・Even when the opponents are drawn back, the team will establish ball possession and try to break them down, especially through the excellent tactical vision and passing ability of register Kimmich in the midfield and Goretzka, who has technique and vertical dynamism.
The technical skills of Gündoğan and Musiara play a role in carrying the ball vertically, adding momentum and accent to the dynamic development that aims to penetrate the open spaces in front of them.
Werner and Zane, who like to play at speed in open spaces, get behind their opponents, and Muller dives into the open space in front of the goal, combining with Gnabry and Havertz to create scoring opportunities.
・In situations where the ball is lost to the opponent, the iron rule is that immediately, all 11 players, including the front line attackers, must be aware of the offensive and defensive changes, and immediately after the ball is lost, they must not hesitate to initiate a Gegenpress, chasing to prevent the ball from being carried forward immediately and aiming to regain the ball immediately in the opponent’s camp.
・When the opponent makes a back pass, aim to collect it by pushing the line up at once and letting the opponent kick a long ball.
・When the press is dodged, the team retreated and established a compact defensive formation, with the FWs moving to block the pass to the opposing volantis, driving the opponents to the sides and setting up a situation where they can press at any time.
・Although the entire team takes a high position when attacking, the space behind the final line is managed by Neuer, the original sweeper goalkeeper and still one of the best in the world, so it is rare for the opponent to get behind the team and counter.
Star players（Top 9）
・”The German Wall”
・Even as he enters his late 30s, he continues to make big saves. He is especially strong at shooting from close range and has very good basic skills as a goalkeeper.
・He has an extraordinary defensive range and is synonymous with “sweeper-keeper”. Under Josep Guardiola’s leadership, he has also shown that he has great skill underfoot, and he is an 11th man in the German national team as well as for Bayern, playing in the build-up and out of the box.
・He has true leadership skills and speaks with such weight in the locker room that everyone listens.
Leroy Sané （FW/Bayern）
・“Winger of the Explosion”
・He is a powerful attacker with sharp, high-speed dribbling and a variety of feints. He is not easily beaten in simple competition, and his speed never slackens when he has the ball in his hands.
・His dribbling is also a threat. But he is not only fast, he also has a high level of technique to dodge through tight areas, which makes him even sharper.
・The weakness of the company is that it has severe fluctuations in favorable and unfavorable conditions and lacks continuity.
Serge Gnabry （FW/Bayern）
・”The Clever Winger”
・As a winger, his decision-making ability is among the best in the world. He is a flexible dribbler who can dribble with ease and precision, and has a high shooting accuracy with both feet.
・Although not tall at 176 cm, he has very strong body balance. He is good at both setting up with the ball and moving out from the back, and his unexpected play confuses the opposing DF.
Thomas Müller （FW/Bayern）
・His positioning and direct play are at the peak of their maturity, and his ability to find space and sense is unmatched. His ability and sense for finding space is unparalleled, and his out-of-the-box movements and play are sure to disrupt opposing defenses.
・He has a unique sense of goal scoring and a high level of basic skills such as passing, shooting, and dribbling. He also has an attractive competitive spirit and the mentality to do the decisive work in the big game.
Jamal Musiala (MF/Bayern)
・”Prodigy at the Heart of Bayern”
・At 17, he plays for Bayern Munich, the absolute champions of Germany, and is a versatile attacker who can play in all positions up front.
・His most powerful weapon is his skillful handling of the ball and his unique dribbling ability, which allows him to break through enemy lines with his brilliant body language, not only in one-on-one situations but also in situations where he is outnumbered and outpaced. He is also extremely accurate with his short passes and midrange passes, which he quickly sends out to find a free teammate.
・In defense, he tends to be outclassed in the one-on-one situations in which he waits for his opponents, but his quick switching and forward pressing is precise in terms of both intensity and timing. He can also play as a central midfielder for a team like Bayern, which tends to push the ball into the box against lower-ranked opponents, but his natural position is in the first half of the park between the two lines (DF and MF).
Joshua Kimmich （MF/Bayern）
・He is a commanding figure who inherits the DNA of Bayern, a team that is obliged to win every game. He is the symbol of the “number 6 ” with his accurate vertical passing in the build-up using the precision of both feet, his dedicated sprinting, and precise positioning.
・He has excellent game intelligence and controls the offense and defense from the bottom of midfield. He plays a commanding role for Bayern and the German national team.
Antonio Rüdiger（DF/Real Madrid）
・”A Strong Physical and Energetic Combative CB”
・Combining height, strength, and speed, he is an influential figure that even the great general Ancelotti fell in love with. He is 190 cm tall and has a tremendous physical range, and it is outrageous to break through an attacker alone. If you give space to the front, you can dribble up the attack and throw in a mid-range shot.
・They have evolved significantly over the past year or two, and the lack of concentration they used to show is rarely seen. He is now considered one of the world’s top-class defenders, and his accurate passes and powerful headers during build-ups are the team’s weapon.
Nico Schlotterbeck（DF/Borussia Dortmund）
・”Germany’s Promising New CB”
・He has all the elements required of a modern center back at a high level. In addition to his aerial ability and strength in man-to-man combat, he is one of the best in the Bundesliga in terms of his ability to hold his ground and feed with precision.
・He also contributes to the build-up with his accurate passing and lift from his left foot. He also has the speed and dribbling skills to play left back.
David Raum （DF/RB Leipzig）
・”SB that Cuts Through the Left Side”
・Characteristics are chance making by crossing. With the left side as the main battlefield, he breaks through the opponent’s DF by dribbling with the speed and technique of a FW, and supplies accurate crosses to his teammates waiting in the penalty area. Recorded the number one sprint (1063) in the Bundesliga on 21/22.
・With inexhaustible stamina, by repeating sprints for 90 minutes, you will be dynamic in offense and defense, adding an accent to the final break.
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