ESPN FC: Glory ahead for Germany?
Former Germany captain Oliver Kahn feels there is a “high probability” that Joachim Loew’s side will lift the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Germany have dropped just two points in qualifying and Kahn, who skippered his country when they lost in the 2002 final against Brazil, is confident about the prospects of the Nationalmannschaft lifting the trophy for the first time in 24 years.
The goalkeeper believes Bayern Munich’s Champions League triumph in May demonstrates that Germany are in a strong position ahead of the finals, telling Bild: “Successes like in the Champions League give the players the decisive kick.
"That gives them the conviction that, by getting the better of the best in Europe, then they can also become world champions."
Kahn is keeping a particularly close eye on Germany’s goalkeeper situation and tipped Borussia Dortmund’s Roman Weidenfeller to push Manuel Neuer hard for the No. 1 spot.
"[Rene] Adler is a good goalkeeper, but he's not playing in [European competition]for Hamburg," Kahn said. "Weidenfeller, on the other hand, is playing every Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday and he'd more than deserve a call.
"He also has a great character. He's a total professional and would be anything but a spoilsport."