Germany Starting Lineup vs Spain: World Cup Starting 11 Announced

After early exits in the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, Germany are under new management, and looking to make a deeper run. With all of the talent they have on the squad this year, there’s no reason to doubt that they will- let’s take a look at how they might line up as they kick off the tournament against Japan on November 23rd.

Germany Starting 11 Vs. Spain

  • GK- Manuel Neuer
  • LB- David Raum
  • CB- Antonio Rüdiger
  • CB- Thilo Kehrer
  • RB- Niklas Süle
  • CM- Joshua Kimmich
  • CM- Ilkay Gündogan
  • CM- Leon Goretzka
  • LW- Jamal Musiala
  • RW- Serge Gnabry
  • CF- Thomas Muller

It’s worth noting that Germany are a versatile enough side that it’s hard to know exactly what formation they’ll come out in, especially with the lack of a true frontman due to Timo Werner’s injury. Thomas Müller will likely fill that spot on the lineup sheet, but his incredibly unique style of play really allows him to transcend position; suffice it to say that he might not appear as a conventional striker, he could rather serve as his signature “raumdeuter” position, sort of a variation off of the false-nine; he and Jamal Musiala would be very fluid in the sense that either is able to play in the middle, or up top.

The heart of this team as always is veteran goalkeeper, captain Manuel Neuer. He’s been dealing with an injury scare, but looks ready to go. There’s a couple of spots up for grabs in this lineup- I have Raum slotted in, as he’s been a favorite of new manager Hansi Flick, and Robin Gosens was puzzlingly snubbed from the squad. Similarly, Leon Goretzka is no less likely than Ilkay Gündogan to be paired with the highly talented Kimmich in central midfield, they just aren’t likely to see the field at the same time. This team has amazing stars and tons of depth; don’t be shocked if you see them in the final.

Germany Starting Lineup History

Vs. Japan

  • GK- Manuel Neuer
  • LB- David Raum
  • CB- Antonio Rüdiger
  • CB- Nico Schlotterbeck
  • RB- Niklas Süle
  • CM- Joshua Kimmich
  • CM- Ilkay Gündogan
  • CAM- Thomas Muller
  • LW- Jamal Musiala
  • RW- Serge Gnabry
  • CF- Kai Havertz

Germany Starting 11 FAQ

Who Is Germany’s Starting Goalkeeper?

Germany’s netminder in this tournament will be iconic sweeper-keeper Manuel Neuer, as he has been for over a decade now. If his injury flares back up, it’ll most likely be Barça veteran Marc-André ter Stegen.

Who Is Germany’s Starting Striker?

This is a great question, in the wake of Werner’s injury. It could well be Müller, although that would make “striker” a bit of a misnomer; the same goes for Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala, or really any of Germany’s other versatile forwards.

Who Is Germany’s Best Player?

Müller is the easy answer, and it may well be him; I think he’s one of the most criminally underrated athletes of this era in any sport. That being said, the do-it-all nature of Kimmich’s role might make him the most valuable player on this side.

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