“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win.”
Having suffered at the hands of Germany at the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup, Gary Lineker is well qualified to extol their virtues. Yet his famous defeatist quote about Die Mannschaft’s unrelenting dominance has never been so apt.
The reigning World Cup holders are currently exercising their unique brand of understated excellence in qualification for the 2018 tournament. After a summer of watching them sweep the Confederations Cup with a youth team and win the European U21 championship with relative ease, it’s difficult to disagree with their No. 1 ranking with the bookmakers.
Which nations are most likely to knock Joachim Loew’s team from its lofty perch?Take a look at FC Yahoo’s latest video for a look at the likely contenders—and be sure to leave your thoughts below.