World Cup 2014

'No dominant team in this tournament, not even Brazil'

AFP . Berlin | Update:

beckenbauer.. on Thursday judged as "damn good" his country's chances of winning a fourth World Cup title on July 13.

"In terms of quality, the German team has never been so good. In 2010 it was still a bit young, they now have a lot more experience. It is at its zenith," said Beckenbauer, world champion in 1974 as a player and as coach in 1990. Germany also won the title in 1954.

"I believe in our team," insisted Beckenbauer, who two weeks ago had simply expressed his hope that Joachim Loew's side would have a "good World Cup" reaching "the semi-finals".

Beckenbauer believes that this year's tournament has no overwhelming favourite. "(There is) no dominant team, not even Brazil," he said, adding that all teams had "some doubts".

Germany host Armenia on Friday in their final World Cup warm-up match before Brazil, with their main injury concern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's right shoulder injury.

"He (Neuer) has still not had any specific training. The biggest problem will be to overcome the pain," added Beckenbauer.

Despite his surprise at Loew's decision to retain just one centre forward in Miroslav Klose, Beckenbauer believes Thomas Mueller could eventually fill in should the Lazio player pick up an injury.

 
   
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