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Silver lining as Germans shorn of duo

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Rene Adler

Germany received a significant blow to their chances of performing well at this year’s World Cup, when both goalkeeper Rene Adler and midfielder Simon Rolfes ruled themselves out of the competition due to injuries.

Its difficult to guage just who will be the bigger loss for the Germans. While Adler had been earmarked by Joachim Loew as the number one goalkeeper, following Robert Enke’s death, the Bayer Leverkusen custodian had done everything possible in the past few months to convince Loew to change his decision. Uncharacteristic errors in the Bundesliga were followed by a mistake in the international friendly against Argentina where his mis-judgement let Gonzalo Higuain through. Adler had been under tremendous pressure lately and the injury could not have come at a worse time.

Thankfully for Germany though, they have a more than able goalkeeper to step into their ranks. The young and driven Manuel Neuer now looks set to inherit the gloves and thereby take on a huge responsibility on his shoulders. Schalke have over-achieved this season and  a lot had to do with Neuer’s performance in goal. With Tim Weise set to be the number two, the third and final spot could be a toss up between either Hans Jorg Butt or Roman Weidenfeller.

As for Rolfes, Germany’s cleanest number six since Didi Hamann ruled himself out due to a knee injury picked up in January. With Rolfes out and Sami Khedira struggling to be fit, it leaves the Germans desperate short on manpower in the middle of the field, with many dreading the call-up of Loew favourite and Lazio reject Tomas Hitzelsperger.

However, with the emergence of Bastian Schweinsteiger in a central midfield position for Bayern Munich, Loew will count his blessings. Schweinsteiger has often started on the wings for Germany but this season has proved beyond doubt his ability to slot into a central position against quality opposition. Him and Michael Ballack can prove an adequate foil and a solid groundwork for many teams in the world.

Thus, circumstances have dictated that Germany are not as badly affected as they would have been even a few months ago. Maybe the Germans are set for the rub of the green again. After all, the last time a German team was in the Champions League final, Germany was in the World Cup final.

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Written by quazi zulquarnain

May 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

Posted in World Cup 2010

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