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May 19 2006, 11:16 PM
10) Mertesacker( Can be really important, he played incredibly towards the end of season, scored 4 goals in a row!! But hios form fluctuates a lot, needa be more stable)
9) Borowski (Does as good or even better than Frings this season, but he is less experienced n his main competitor is Ballack for Christ Sake)
8) Metzelder( he is in top 5 if he gains his old form like he did in 2002, but now....)
7) Podolski( Scored 12 goals this season for Koln, really prove his worth.
6) Frings( He does really really well this season, but pls dun play him as DM, he is a damn good central midfielder)
5) Schweini (Only player with decent creativity in the squad, esp without Deisler n Trochowski..........)
4) Lahm (i doubt he can gain his form just 7 days before world cup starts. Exceptionally important in our backline, Jansen is not even half as good as him, makes me worry)
3) Lehmann(Funny enough..........but he is world class goalkeeper imo despite the CL final performance)
2) Klose (enough said)
1) Ballack (enough said as well, he n Klose are our hope)
May 20 2006, 09:12 AM
1) Borowski (I know it's strange to chose him as number 1.. but I believe this guy will do a lot in world cup.. he has the ability and the talent)..
May 20 2006, 10:22 AM
1. Klose :bowing
9. Mertesacker (underrated)
10. Asamoah - I know, a lot of people won't agree, but imo he's a great player
May 20 2006, 10:55 AM
10 - Jens Nowotny - Experienced, disciplined and determined, all the ingredients that make a solid German defensive unit. Jens is strong in the tackle and can bring the ball out of defence well. Absolutely crucial to our defence in my opinion, he will add much stability and experience to a young defence.
9 - Tim Borowski - Tall, rangy and talented midfield all-rounder, Borowksi has literally forced his way into the team through some sensational club performances and goal scoring exploits. Could be a real surprise.
8 - Phillip Lahm - Lahm is an integral part of the German offensive game. His pace and skill coming in from the left are a danger to any defence, Lahm adds the much needed dynamism going forward, could be one of the best.
7 - Bernd Schneider - The oldest (bar GKs) and possibly most technically gifted member of the team. Bernd is probably the most versatile and reliable performer who always gives his all. His criminally underestimated skills can give the best defences problems as Brazil found out in the first half of the 2002 final, one of my very favourites.
6 - Jens Lehmann - Currently in the form of his life and deservedly given a chance to shine over the immovable Oliver Kahn. Prone to eccentricities but overall is a good shot stopper and a commanding presence at the back.
5 - Lukas Podolski - Much rests on the shoulders of young Lukas; he has the potential to be a star. Podolski is a real all-round attacking talent who combines flair and athleticism with a great finish. Still learning the game but if he can replicate his confident, carefree best the world could see a new German star in the making.
4 - Sebastian Kehl - The player I'm looking to most to rise in this WM, his leadership, tactical expertise, distribution and determination are what makes the very best German players. Once upon a time I thought we had the new Matthaus in Kehl but his game has been moulded to a more conventional neo-German style as a defensive midfielder, he is made for sweeper in my view but will play defensive midfield. In this position he could be the new Dieter Eiltes.
3- Bastian Schweinstieger - The unknown, unpredictable jewel in this German crown. Schweini is the much-needed injection of flair and the one who will give us a few step-overs and 'ole's' for our money. His ball control and passing make him ideal for an offensive midfield role alongside Ballack or behind the forwards where his creative talent is best utilised. Can be somewhat erratic in his passing but it's all part of his unpredictable risk taking style.
2- Miroslav Klose For the first time since Bierhoff Germany has a genuine goal-scoring talent going into a big tournament. Sharp, focused and with a deadly finish, he will surprise all those who think he is just good in the air with his six headed goals in WM 2002. He has come on leaps and bounds in the past few seasons and is in the form of his life right now, another player to announce himself as genuine world class? Very possibly.
1 - Michael Ballack Leading a list of relative unknowns and potential comes the global megastar talisman that is Michael Ballack. This highest paid footballer in the universe will be looking to impress his new employers on the world stage with his usual dominating midfield guise combining tremendous technique, tactical awareness, superior positional play and his phenomenal goal scoring powers. Make no bones about it, this is Ballacks world cup and will be the high point of his entire career which he will strive to make victorious.
1** - Christoph Metzelder - I know this makes 11 but here is THE most important name on the entire list for me. I was quite frankly astounded with Metzelder's performance in WM 2002; his perfect physique giving him great body strength, height and pace made him the best defender of the entire tournament. If Metzelder is fully fit, confident and focused none shall pass this powerhouse. However he is far from his 2002 peak being injured and out of form for long periods and at has been at times like watching the shadow of the man that once was. The world cup is where the strongest characters will prevail and I think Christoph is in this category; he is the missing link in an unstable and leaky defence which has been Germany's weak link under Klinsman. In this respect, a fully fit and confident Metzelder is by far the most important player for this German team.
May 21 2006, 08:25 AM
I pretty much agree with Al the drummer.I wudn't say Metzelder is No 1.But really he is a class act when he in in form.
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