Euro 2020: How Germany Should Lineup

Germany’s national football team is widely regarded as one of the best in the world.

Despite having an abundance of talent, there are signs of struggle under current manager Joachim Low. There have been rumors about potential replacements for Low after the Euros, but he is the right fit for the job until then.

Germany has won numerous trophies in recent years, including the World Cup under Low. However, whether it is due to a lack of talent and egos or a lack of new ideas, the German National Team is lacking in flair.

As a result, we believe that if they want to do well in the Euros, they must select the best formation and players.

Joachim Low’s 26-man squad has been dominated by players from the German champions Bayern Munich.

Eight Munich players have been called up, including Jamal Musiala, a 17-year-old breakout star in the 20/21 Bundesliga season.


Germany produces a lot of high-quality goalkeepers from a young age.

In today’s modern football, there are five highly experienced keepers who are performing admirably for their club and country.

Keepers such as Manuel Neuer, Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Bernd Leno, Kevin Trapp, and Timo Horn are regarded as the best available to represent Germany in the Euros.

Despite the abundance of talent, there is only one player who fits the squad, and that player is Manuel Neuer.

Neuer has been a member of the squad for a long time and has now made his 100th appearance for Germany in a match against Latvia.

He has won numerous trophies (both as a team member and as an individual) and has been the world’s best keeper for several years in a row.

As a result, there is no doubt that Neuer will be assigned to the number one position for the Euros.

Low has chosen Neuer, Leno, and Trapp for the current squad.

Ter Stegen would have been the next choice for the number one spot in the team, but he recently suffered an injury that has ruled him out of the squad.


They say defense wins games, but when we look at the current pool of players available for the national team, not many fit the bill.

Despite this, there are players in the top five European leagues who can be considered for selection in the national squad.

Antonio Rudiger, the current Champions League winner, has revitalized his role in Chelsea’s defense and has been an important member of Thomas Tuchel’s squad.

Apart from him, Niklas Sule, Emre Can, Matthias Ginter, and Robin Koch have all had successful seasons for their respective clubs.

There is a lack of experience and depth at the center back position, which could be crucial during the tournament.

Klostermann can also play as a running back, and Low has chosen three left backs: Robin Gosens, Christian Gunter, and Marcel Halstenberg.

Given the state of the defenders, Low will almost certainly play with a back three.

If he goes for the back three, Rudiger, (A Surprise Entry), and Sule are better options.

Is this the best formation? Well, you’ll have to wait until the end to find out.


Germany is stacked with talent in this position. Players who play together at the club level will also play together at the national level.

Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka, and Joshua Kimmich (Bayern)

They have been crucial pillars of Bayern Munich, the nine-time German champions.

Talents such as Kai Havertz (Chelsea), Florian Neuhaus (B.Monchengladbach), Toni Kroos (R.Madrid), Ilkay Gundogan (Man City), and Jonas Hoffman (B.Monchengladbach) have also been called up.

Based on their club season form, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka will be the two main players in the midfield.

Kimmich will be the primary CDM, with Goretzka serving as the box-to-box midfielder.

Low is likely to feel the same way, given how important this duo has been for Bayern.

If we’re looking for experience, Toni Kroos is a better option than Kimmich.

Kroos, on the other hand, has had a disappointing season with Real Madrid.

Other players in the squad will have to settle for being the backup to either Kimmich and Goretzka or Kroos.

There is currently no better player in the central attacking/false 9 position than Champions League winner Kai Havertz.

Despite a less-than-stellar Premier League debut season, Kai has proven his talent where it counts.

As a result, if Germany wants to do well in the Euros, they should go with the Kimmich, Goretzka, and Kai trio.


There is no doubt that, aside from defenders, Germany is stacked with talented attackers.

Low has the option of selecting players with exceptional skills, talents, and an eye for goals and passes.

Keeping this in mind, he has chosen two Bayern Munich wingers: Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry.

Apart from those two, the national team’s main strikers are Champions League winner Timo Werner (Chelsea) and Kevin Volland (Monaco).

When we look at the lineup, we can see that there is a lack of depth in the attackers position as well.

This can be countered, however, because there are midfielders who can play as both a winger and a striker/forward.

Timo Werner hasn’t had the best start to his Chelsea career in terms of goals, but in terms of overall performance, he has been invaluable.

Kevin Volland, on the other hand, has had a better season in terms of goals, but he hasn’t had as much exposure in national tournaments.

As a result, we believe Timo Werner should be given the go-ahead to lead the front line for Die Mannschaft.

The Old Guards Return

After a difficult year, Low decided to retire three key players from the national team: Thomas Muller (29 at the time), Mats Hummels (30), and Jerome Boateng (30).

Joachim Low’s insistence on using a back three proved tactically flawed as they continued to concede easy goals against opponents.

The current Euros squad lacks experience, so Low has decided to bring back Mats Hummels and Thomas Muller from international retirement.

Apart from Neuer, there will be a total of ten players from the 23-man World Cup-winning squad in 2014.

The End of an Era

Joachim Low has decided to leave the team after the Euros due to a string of poor performances in the 2019 international season.

Germany won the World Cup in 2014 and the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.

Not only Low, but there are other players in the squad who have reached an age where the constant pressure and involvement in games could result in injuries.

Mats Hummels, Manuel Neuer, Toni Kroos, and Thomas Muller are all over 30 and will most likely retire from international duty after the Euros.

For the German National Team, this will be the end of an era.

There is, however, hope for a better future with many young talents emerging in the ranks and a new manager in the form of Hansi Flick.

With new young players and a coach who has won everything (especially with young players), the national team’s future looks a lot brighter.

Improvements in Player Formation

Looking at the players, we believe that if Low wants to do better in this competition, he should use a back 4 rather than a back 3.

A 4-2-3-1 formation with two center backs and two fullbacks who can switch to wing backs would be ideal for the team.

1 CDM will partner with a box-to-box midfielder in the midfield, while the CAM will play as a false-9 in certain situations.

Up front, a lone striker will be supported by both flanks.

Without a doubt, Manuel Neuer will be the primary goalkeeper (except if he gets injured).

In terms of defense, we believe that the experience of Mats Hummels, alongside the rejuvenated Antonio Rudiger, with Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg at fullback, will be beneficial.

Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka will form a midfield partnership.

These two have been playing together and winning championships for quite some time, and no other players could be a better fit.

Looking at the squad, Kai Havertz, who can also play as a false-9, is the best candidate for the CAM role.

The flanks will also be filled by the Bayern Munich duo of Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane.

Timo Werner will be the lone striker, with the freedom to play on both sides of the flanks.

Each role has unique players who can fit right into the tactics.

Therefore, if Germany have any hope to perform well in the Euros, this will be the perfect solution:

*Neuer (C)
*Klostermann                 *Hummels                      *Rudiger               *Halstenberg

*Goretzka    *Kimmich

*Sane                                           *Havertz                                  *Gnabry


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