With just weeks to go until Euro 2012 gets underway, there is as ever lots of talk about what teams can go all the way and lift the trophy.
Germany are a side more than capable of winning the tournament, no matter what side they put out you can never right them off.
The Germans were extremely impressive with a young side in 2010 and now, two years on they are sure to have benefited from that and will be even stronger this time out.
Germany will be looking to shake of the ‘nearly men’ tag that they have been associated with in recent competitions. They have finished in second or third place in the last three of their major tournaments.
Should they go all the way in Euro 2012, Mario Gomez will certainly be a player that will need to perform at the top of his game. Gomez has been prolific in front of goal for both club and country this season.
The Bayern Munich striker will have to cope with the pressure of being the favourite to take the golden boot this summer. However he has been at his best when expectations are high of him and there are few players with more confidence than the 26-year-old.
Once again, much will be expected of Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil, who burst onto the world stage in South Africa in 2010, and together with Bastian Schweinsteiger should keep the German heartbeat pumping.
21yr old Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos could be the emerging talent the Germans have been craving for so long, while Borussia Dortmund’s little 19-year-old Mario Gotze could make an impression.
Joachim Loew’s side play an extremely pleasing on the eye brand of football and will look to attack teams and score goals. They go into the tournament as second favourites behind Spain and could be worth a punt at a handy price of 10/3.
As many people know, Germany are the penalty shootout experts and it is difficult to look beyond them when matches go to spot kicks.
This side looks to be one of the best that Germany have produced in a long time and they now must live up to expectations and should they perform consistently, they will almost certainly be major contenders to win the competition.
It all kicks off for them against Portugal on June 9th.