Brazil VS Germany FIFA World Cup 2014 Match Preview
This German generation of football players faces their 3rd Semi-Finals when they face Brazil on Tuesday, a moment to finally realise years of promise. Just 1 game away from a FIFA World Cup Finals in the Maracana and an opportunity to finally heal 64 years of pain, Brazil is still struggling to overcome the loss of their talisman. Who will triumph and make it to the FIFA World Cup 2014 Finals?
Both Brazil and Germany coaches Luiz Felipe Scolari and Joachim Löw have had much experienced in high presure games – both are in their 3rd World Cup Semi Finals. Scolari took his country to the last 4 in 2002 and repeated that feat 4 years later, with Portugal. Löw was assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann in 2006 and after replacing the coach, he has led Germany to the FIFA World Cup 2010 Semi Finals.
Neither Brazil nor Germany have impressed on a regular basis and some might wonder whether they are holding something back for this stage. While the hosts have the territorial advantage, Germany have goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who had already made many impressive saves in this tournament. He proved invaluable if the match goes into penalties. Brazil and Germany have met 21 times, with Germany winning only 4 and losing 12.
Germany – Brazil VS Germany Match Preview
Germany’s manager Joachim Löw’s team have been in long-term development. They have reached the last 4 of the World Cup 2010 and Euro 2012 but have lost both times. What they had gained in pace and style they had lost in nerve and nous, missing the experience of players like Michael Ballack and Jens Lehmann, both of whom had taken Germany all the way to the 2008 Euro Finals.
Against Brazil, in Belo Horizonte, Germany will have the chance to make up for what they have missed the last 2 times. This is the moment for these players – Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm and Bastien Schweinsteiger – to asset themselves as experienced, decisive and serious winners, all of whom form the spine of Germany. The new generations of young attackers – Mesut Özil, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller – need to deliver what has been merely promise at senior international level.