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Why Germany are the team to beat at Euro 2016  
In the summer of 2016, 24 national teams will travel to France to compete for the European Championship. In 2012, Spain secured their second successive title as they thrashed Italy 4-0 in the final but Vicente del Bosque's men may find it tough to retain their crown.

Germany, who were crowned as world champions last summer in Brazil, are arguably the strongest team on the planet and will fancy their chances of securing yet another major title. Joachim Low has an incredibly talented group of players at his disposal and if they perform at their very best, Germany will take some beating next summer.


Germany have talent all over the field and match winners in almost every single position. Manuel Neuer is arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet and plays an integral role in Germany's success. He's an immense shot stopper but his ability to break up attacks and play the 'sweeper keeper' role is unrivalled in world football. In fact, Neuer's contributions were a key reason for their victory in Brazil last summer and at just 29 years old, he is set to play a key role for his nation throughout the next few years.

In defence, the Germans lost talisman Philipp Lahm after the 2014 World Cup but still have one of the most compact and reliable units in the sport. The likes of Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Antonio Rudiger are immense talents and all work well together to provide a solid foundation behind Germany's aggressive midfield.

All three defenders are in the prime of their careers and it could be argued that Hummels is the best centre-half on the planet. If their defensive stars perform well throughout the remainder of the campaign, it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see these three feature as Germany's starting defenders next summer.
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Perhaps their strongest area is midfield. Germany have a plethora of stars in the middle of the park and the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos - who was named as his nation's best player in 2014 - and Ilkay Gundogan will all play key roles next summer. They have plenty of experience in their ranks but also have talented youth and Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler could be their main danger man from midfield if given the opportunity. Low has recognised his quality in recent times and it might be time for the wide man to step up and prove his worth on the world stage next summer.

In attack, Germany have bags of talent but Low may opt to select an attacking midfielder in a 'false nine' formation. Over the years, Low has played the likes of Andre Schurrle, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller upfront and it wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Muller leading the line. The Bayern Munich star was used as a frontman throughout their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and netted nine goals in just ten matches. Muller also finished as Germany's top scorer at last year's World Cup and is in lethal form for both club and country. With Muller and the German squad in fine form, Low's side could go on to justify their 3/1 odds when this article was produced in the international football betting markets and win the competition next summer...
Germany aren't invincible but it will take an incredible team effort to defeat Low's men next summer. The Germans are hungry for success on the continent and will boast one of the strongest squads in the competition. If they play to their full potential, it's Germany's to lose - that's how good they are. It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see Germany lift the trophy next summer and become holders of both the World Cup and European Championship at the same time..
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