Beckenbauer pessimistic about Germany’s chances

German Football
By German Football June 6, 2010 08:24

Beckenbauer pessimistic about Germany’s chances

Franz Beckenbauer said he was not optimistic about his country’s chances of success at the World Cup.

Germany’s preparations have been hit by the injuries to captain Michael Ballack, goalkeeper Rene Adler, defender Heiko Westermann and midfielders Simon Rolfes and Christian Traesch.

Despite the absentees, Coach Joachim Low’s re-organised side hit back from a goal down to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 in a warm-up match in Frankfurt on Thursday.

“Without Michael Ballack, it will be difficult. Our team is weakened,” he told the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. “We’ll have to work hard just to reach the semi-finals.”

“We’re never been artists on the pitch like the Brazilians,” added Beckenbauer, who led his country to World Cup glory as captain in 1974 and then coach in 1990.

However, the new German captain Philipp Lahm is urging the new generation to make a grand entrance as they begin their World Cup assault.

Low is taking the youngest German squad to a World Cup for 76 years, with an average age of just under 25.

But boosted by the experience of Bastian Schweinsteiger, striker Miroslav Klose and defenders Arne Friedrich and Per Mertesacker, new skipper Lahm believes the next crop of Germany stars are capable of stepping up.

“Our generation is now ready,” said Lahm, who has been handed the captain’s armband after Ballack’s ankle injury last month ruled him out.

“I had a good feeling before the 2006 World Cup finals, but I have an even better feeling now.”

The new captain scored the equaliser in the 3-1 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina while his deputy Schweinsteiger also netted two penalties.

German Football
By German Football June 6, 2010 08:24
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  1. القيصر June 6, 10:19

    I see that this comment from Beckenbauer is tactics and strategies , but he would not comment in public , and i see that this is new generation, even with no Ballack that team will be ready with caution in world cup

  2. Ash June 7, 03:59

    I’m not enitrely sure Ballack was Germany’s answer in the first place. He certainly will be missed but given his recent Chelsea form I am not convinced that he was going to singlehandedly guarantee a semi-final spot. It was always going to be a difficult world cup for germany.

  3. Roland Piko June 9, 08:26

    Iam from the Solomon Islands a strong supporter for German Team. I know German will get this cup this time round.Yea its true we all miss Ballack but I trust His successor Philip Lahm will make it to the Final and grab that Cup.I promise I will come and visit the team when they win this cup.

  4. Brendon June 9, 13:12

    Beckenbauer’s done stuff like this before, and in general is pretty pessimistic.

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