What does that mean for the final nomination of the world cup squad?
The German national coach surprised all pundits with the players he called for the friendly match on March 5th. The two defensive players Shkodran Mustafi (Samdoria Genoa) and Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg), as well as the attacking players Andre Hahn (FC Augsburg) and Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV) will be part of the national team for the very first time.
In contrast other players, such as Rene Adler from HSV or Max Kruse from Borussia Mönchengladbach, who recently have always been selected, are missing this time because of their weak performances in the Bundesliga in the last couple of weeks.
These nominations are especially interesting when you think about the final squad for the World Cup. With this action the national coach sends out the message, that a player doesn’t have to be member of a big team or doesn’t have to play in the Bundesliga at all, in order to get a place in the World Cup squad.
So even if you’re a player of a supposedly average team like Sampdoria, SC Freiburg or FC Augsburg, you will have the chance to be nominated for the German national team.
The other message of this nomination is that players are called because of their current performances with their teams and not as a habit. There have been times in the past when one wasn’t too sure if this logical code of practice was being readily applied.
Playing beautiful football without winning any titles is something the Dutch team has been famous for so far, but now this label also befalls the German national team. The fans in this country are desperately waiting for the first title since Jogi Löw has been in charge, so there is a lot of pressure on him. His latest selection shows that he’s aware of that. He passes the pressure on to the national players who now know that they have to give 100% in the next three months, otherwise the World Cup could take place without them.
On the other hand, there isn’t much time for a lot of experiments with new players until then, so it will be interesting to see if the German national coach will really be that strict when it comes to the final nomination in May.
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