All German European Cup Final Leads to World Cup Speculation
According to German football legend Franz Beckenbauer the presence of two German teams in the European Cup final proves that the country is on top of the sport.
Beckenbauer believes that the country is on its way to success in the 2014 World cup, “Germany is on its way. Teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and the national team are on their way, maybe next year on their way to Brazil to win the World Cup.”
Beckenbauer has put the success down to Germany’s investment in youth football.
There are number of players such as Manuel Neuer, Mario Gotze and Bastian Schweinsteiger which herald from German youth football sides.
However, UEFA President Michel Platini takes a very different view, “It is cyclical. One year you are stronger, depending on the coach, players, referees. Whoever wins is the best team of that year, and I give the cup to the winner. In the Champions League, there are no bad teams.”
At present Germany is 4th favourite to win the World Cup with odds of 6/1. Brazil have the best odds of 7/2.