The 2014 World Cup winners and current No. 1 ranked team in the world have talent, versatility, youth, experience, and a master tactician at the helm in coach Joachim Löw. It’s hard to imagine anything less than a semifinal run. Ever-steady goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was considered an injury risk just a few weeks ago but Löw recently named the Bayern Munich backstop his captain in Russia. Die Mannschaft, as the team is known, boasts an embarrassment of riches in the midfield, starting with Arsenal icon Mezut Özil, and including Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Marco Reus, and Sami Khedira. The biggest question surrounding this team may be at the forward position: Which of the highly qualified options will make the Starting XI?
Here, portraits of all 23 players on the 2018 World Cup squad.
Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesMats Hummels
Lars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesMesut ÖzilLars Baron - FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesManuel Neuer