Historically, teams from the
host continent and especially the host nation have fared
well in the World Cup. Germany has won 3 World
Cups altogether, second only to
Brazil's 5. Should the
two meet in the tournament could be the biggest rivalry yet.
Coach Juergen Klinsmann has
made a few controversial moves, bringing in Jens Nowotny who's
been recovering from knee injuries for the past 2 years.
Klinsmann's personal life has been under scrutiny as well,
because he makes California, and not Germany, his fulltime
home. That said, Germany is a very talented squad, led
by captain Michael Ballack, and strikers Miroslav Klose and
Lukas Podolski. Unlike the previous World Cup, Germany's
weakness will be it's defense, and that is the reason why
Klinsmann brought back the veteran Nowotny.
Coach Klinsmann vindicated himself of any criticism as the
Germans won all but one of their matches and scored the most
goals in 2006.