5 Reasons why Germany will lift the World Cup in Russia this summer
After the FIFA World Cup draw, we now know Germany will come up against Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. A tough test for the defending champions, who are expected to mount a serious challenge to become the first team to defend their title since Brazil 1962.
Therefore, it's time to take a look at the 5 reasons why Germany can we be successful in their title defence FIFA World Cup 2018.
#1 Joachim Löw's magic
Löw has taken Germany to five major tournaments since taking the job after the World Cup in 2006. In each of those competitions, Germany has reached at least the semi-finals, winning the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and finishing as runners-up to Spain at Euro 2008.
Significantly, it isn't as though Germany have had simple runs to the last four. In 2010, Löw's side knocked out England and Argentina before a semi-final exit to Spain. At Euro 2012 they topped a group containing Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands, whilst they won another tough group with Portugal, the USA and Ghana at the World Cup 2014.
Looking at his track record you could say: if Löw is your manager, you have a 25 percent chance of winning the competition.