Odds Say Germany Is a Threat in Brazil

While Germany is in the Group of Death the three-time World Cup champions have the best betting odds from any team not from South America to win the coveted trophy. While Spain is the defending World Cup champion and have won the last two European Championships the Germans may be THE European team to beat this summer.

Bet365 has Germany posted at +550 to win the World Cup only trailing host Brazil (+300) and Argentina (+400). They are the big betting favorite to win the Group of Death with odds of -200 followed by Portugal (+275), Ghana (+1100), and the United States (+1200).

The Germans are a solid squad that has veteran leadership and an influx of solid young talent. Veterans Miroslav Klose and Philipp Lahm are still the anchors of the squad, but head coach Joachim Löw has featured young players and the squad looks tougher than ever. Marco Reus is one of the up and coming stars in the soccer world and his time to emerge may be in Brazil.

In World Cup qualifying the German squad went undefeated and the last time the national team lost was in 2012. They lost to Argentina in a friendly and the main reason was they were playing with a third string goalie after a red card to the backup.

One big question for the Germans is can they win out of Europe? All three of their World Cup wins have come in Europe and in the four World Cups held on the South American continent Germany has not finished in the top four one time. That would seem to point that history is not on their side. However, in the last two World Cups not held in Europe, South Korea and Japan in 2002 and South Africa in 2010, they have a runner-up and a third place finish.