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2014 World Cup: German legend Franz Beckenbauer disregards Ghana threat, says Germany will walk over Group G opponents

Published on: 24 May 2014
German legend Franz Beckenbauer

By Ameenu Shardow

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German legend Franz Beckenbauer is bullish over the chances of his country at the 2014 World Cup, insisting Ghana will pose no significant threat to their progress in Brazil.

The three time winners are considered to be in one of the toughest groups at the upcoming finals having been drawn against Ghana, Portugal and USA in Group G.

Many pundits however consider Joachim Low’s side as the firm favourites to win the group and even go on as real favourites to win the tournament which kicks off on June 12.

Franz Beckenbauer who won the World Cup as a player and as a coach for Germany is backing his country to bulldoze their way through Group G with cheeky ease with no regard to the threats posed by all the group opponents including the Black Stars.

"Let’s take a look at the group that contains Germany, USA, Ghana and Portugal. The group is not especially strong and not especially weak,” he said.

"Most groups are mixed rather well, with an exception: The group with Italy, England and Uruguay.

“The US team develops constantly, have good players, but not strongly enough to endanger Germany.

"In the same roll I see Ghana. And Portugal exists to me too much of Cristiano Ronaldo. Germany will take this group."

The German’s were slim 1-0 winners when they last played Ghana at the World Cup four years ago in South Africa.

There is however a subtle growing believe that the Black Stars will be able to pull up a surprise by beating the European powerhouse when they face off in the second Group G game on June 21 in Fortaleza.


This article has 33 comment(s), give your comment
  • papa nkrumah says:
    May 24, 2014 04:43 pm
    Great story Ameenu. Just try to distinguish between the noun'belief' and the verb 'believe'.
  • Boro says:
    May 24, 2014 04:12 pm
    Oh ok. I will not under-rate a team i struggle to beat only by a goal in a world cup when most of my key players are declining in form.
  • Troy says:
    May 24, 2014 03:26 pm
    Hahaha Franz made me laugh out loud. You said Same thing when Bayern hosted R.Madrid. Let your Team underrate us to their own peril.hahaha
  • George Weah says:
    May 24, 2014 05:43 pm
    Germany is a strong team but they can be easily shaken and that can be their downfall
  • bring it says:
    May 24, 2014 05:37 pm
    haha lol
  • rascozy says:
    May 24, 2014 05:38 pm
    I hav the feeling Accam, Wakasu and Rabiu would not make it to brazil. But am not the coach so wil wait for AA to decide. Lets support the black stars in our colours. contact Beek Sportz for ur BLACK STARS REPLICA JERSEYS. I 've got mine call 0242548764 for yours now.
  • banger says:
    May 24, 2014 04:55 pm
  • JNR says:
    May 24, 2014 04:53 pm
    Wow, this coming from a legend indeed? Damn, i guess he forgot to take his medication. Well keep it up because we like being underrated before we let you eat humble pie.
  • Yaw says:
    May 24, 2014 10:04 pm
    My conclusion is not based on past glories as Franz's above, but by own calculative observance over the past number of years. I am afraid we (our Black Stars) will find it tough against all our 3 opponents. I might be one of the odd ones amongst many Ghanaian fans, but my reasons are these: In the 2 previous World Cups, we were exceptionally strong in central defence, & gaol keeping, wheras we must now experiment with Boye +, Akaminko +. Jonathan Mensah +, Sumaila. We are experimenting with in-experienced goal keepers. Our central midfielders(which has been our backbone for years), are past their prime, with possible substitutions being first-timers. Our potent striker, might not have it as easy as he has in the Arab/Asian competition, & can the alternatives stand the pressure? Is our Coach tactful enough?? Some refer to the Egypt-Ksi debacle, but what about being outplayed in the return. We lost to 2 strongest opponents away - Zambia & Egypt. Not withstanding patriotism, I want to face the facts as I see it. I hope for the best, but fear the worse.
  • texas says:
    May 24, 2014 09:52 pm
    But selfmade what's wrong with saying confidently that Ghana will beat Germany? Or having the confidence to do so? football has come of age be it in the first world, second world or third world countries. Germany has never beaten Ghana easily unless we let them like it happened some years back in a friendly game due to issues in the team at that time. To me no team has automatic qualification out of any group. All teams must fight for a place. Even USA can a surprise winner of the group. Don't count Ghana out please. We can shock the world. And yes Ghana can.
  • Ken says:
    May 24, 2014 09:39 pm
    Nothing stays permanent my friend, there is always a first time in everything. What would you do if Ghana beat Germany?
  • smokey says:
    May 24, 2014 09:20 pm
    Let him talk we will just go about our buisness quietly and take 1 step at a time.
  • ghanaman says:
    May 24, 2014 08:11 pm
    go to a german site and support them and leave ghana alone
  • nanasei says:
    May 24, 2014 08:50 pm
    they will give them (German players) drugs as usuall so dat they qualify for the next round...
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 09:05 pm
    Am not supporting German but Ghana has find it hard to beat German even when we had our best game against them in south africa! We outplayed them in south Africa and still couldn't break them down!! We should start to call a spade a spade becasus German is way ahead of us been it in talent, organization and mental fortitude!! We leave to see! It ll be better if we consider ourselves underdogs and stun them rather than overrating ourselves!! And for those of u who have the vim that Ghana ll beat German, why don't u placed a BET ON GHANA! Been nationalistic is good but the truth is one!
  • benny says:
    May 24, 2014 08:03 pm
    They struggle to beat Ghana in 2010.He is putting undue pressure on themselves. The day will decide.
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 07:38 pm
    Germany ll easily top this group and non of the team can be a threat! Germany always reserved their best for TOURNAMENTS and their performances for the past three WCS speaks volumes of this great team!! They have been semi finalists in all three editions topping their group enroute to the semi finals!! If we want to take a team which always beat Ghana be it from under 17 to the senior national team, Germany is that team! Ghana is yet to pick a win against them and I quite remember,they beat the under 17 twice in one tournament! People shouldn't be deceived!
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 11:43 pm
    Am no hater but history is very important to me and it seems history in football always repeat itself! I ll give people a few egs... Anytime Ghana eliminates Nigeria in a semi final match, we go on to lose in the finals and it has repeated itself THREE SOLID TIMES! In Senegal 92, Ghana defeated Nigeria enroute to the finals and lost the finals to I.coast! After a decade or so, in Angola, Ghana ll once again put a gallant display to defeat Nigeria again in another classic afcon semi final match to reach the finals again and lo and behold, history repeated itself again with Ghana losing the finals to Egypt! Come south Africa CHAN tournament and history once again was just waiting to repeat itself as Ghana once again defeated Nigeria in another classic match but comes the final match, we lost to a poor LIBYAN SIDE! Was a coincidence? No but is football history!! It always keeps repeating itself in major tournaments!!
  • selfmade says:
    May 24, 2014 11:30 pm
    @ Texas... Yes mate u right that there is a first for everything but judging statistically speaking, Germany is the team to beat in the group! I always go by football history and head to head between opponents and using this simple unbiased facts, Germany has a WINNIG RECORD against all the three opponents( USA three wins, three losses, Portugal( nine wins, five draws, three losses) and Ghana( two wins, two losses) .. Germany has beaten Portugal in their last THREE meetings, TWICE in the European championships and the third place match in the 2006 WC! Germany defeated Ghana in the group match at 2010 south Africa match with a better experienced bs squad and beat the USA in the quarter finals at 2002 WC! Statistically, Germany has beaten all it three opponents in recent matches right in 2000 up to now! Germany defeated USA in 2002, defeated Portugal in 2006, beat Ghana in 2010, all been recent matches so am I wrong to choose GERMANY AS THE TEAM TO BEAT MATE? In football, stats and hhistory never lies and football history always repeat itself in most tournaments and that's the reason why HAITI WILL NEVER WIN THE WC BUT GERMANY, BRAZIL AND ITALY LL ALWAYS BE FAVORITE!! Just like everything under the sun, football too has its history mate!
  • James, Hohoe says:
    May 24, 2014 10:21 pm
    Portugal and Ghana will qualify from the group. Germany any USA will go home. It happened to France in 2002 and Italy in 2010. It is the turn of Germany to go home at the end of the group matches.
  • boro says:
    May 24, 2014 10:22 pm
    Before 2010 world cup in South Africa, Spain had never won the WC before and they did it in the 2010 so that records was broken. There is always the first time in everything that happens. Otherwise, the WC will be played by those teams that has won it before. Ghana beating Germany will be one of those first time an event happens. As for the history they are there but new ones continues to be made. Do you also know that Ghana has never failed to make it into the second round? So as for the records they are there and can always be broken at the right time. So those who think that the BS has never won against any Western European countries should just relax their mind because those records will be broken in this world cup!
  • apiangalege says:
    May 26, 2014 08:27 am
    @selfmade always making [email protected] too. Over confidence makes the monkey to fall from a [email protected],yes there s always a first time for everything like winning the trophy likewise there s also a first time for someone who always makes the 2nd round not to make it
  • selfmade says:
    May 26, 2014 12:08 am
    @ EA1... Mate, I respect your opinion very well but comparatively, I think the south Africa squad is better than this squad and way more experienced than this one! Stats don't LIE so I ll come forward with it! The 2010 squad has more veterans in their mist! John mensah, adu sarpei, john pantsil, olele, sulley muntariu whiles this squad has only sulley, GYAN, kpb and Dede!! The rest are all debutantes! So it ll be fair to say that, the south Africa squad has more solid squad than this one!
  • Muhammed Mouktar Mahmoud says:
    May 25, 2014 06:16 am
    I like the analysis of SELFMADE but i don't think everything is a done deal as he puts it.BS can shock Germany looking at the current form of their big players coupled with some inexperience players as well.
  • Pasi says:
    May 25, 2014 06:55 am
    Kaizer Just slow down there a bit. Remember this Ghanaians are made of steel refined through red soil,forest ,sun and high humidity. Black Stars did well in South Africa bcos the environ was like our own. Now, Brazil is similar environ to SA so probability of the BS doing well again is as good as the last if not better. When we are in our zone we are hard to beat. May the best team win.
  • Spirit says:
    May 25, 2014 09:02 am
    If soccer was to be determined by past historic events. the final winner of the 2014 world cup would have been comfortably declared the very day the draw was drawn. Ghana getting past the group stage is a fulfilled prophecy whether you look at it historically or based on possibilities..I will however not bet my hope on Ghana doing the impossible because only the coach has all the power to draw that conclusion. But my greatest conviction is that Ghana has what it takes to go as far as the finals provided the coach utilizes the right materials at his disposal. We used most of the players in the current Ghana squad to lift the U20 world cup and it only makes sense to accept that Ghana is very capable to lift the cup only if we want to. Watching our game against Germany last nite, I was wondering what a player like Quincy was doing on the bench while Prince Tagoe was struggling to understand his purpose on the pitch of play. If the coach gets his tactics right and manages to fuel the burning flame in the current squad. Then the sky can be our only limit. Ghana beating Germany and Portugal and possibly lifting the ultimate trophy is an un-debatable reality that can only be made possible by those who have been entrusted with the mandate to do so. The first group games will set the ball rolling with this debate as to which team is hungrier enough to succeed or fail. I salute.
  • malando chelsea says:
    May 25, 2014 12:57 am
    Gh alk the way
  • benjamin o anane says:
    May 25, 2014 01:33 am
    A young lion never fears its parents, sure for that, Ghana is very cool with the group,Germany and Portugal are going to suffer no matter how hard they try,my hope is USA try to draw with Portugal and Germany so after they lose to Ghana they join us to the next stage. Backenbeur and his followers,mark this results,
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    May 24, 2014 04:24 pm
    This man is stuck in the old times, he still thinks this is the 60s and 70s, no one can help this guy, but i hope he does not get a heart attack when we beat Germany.
  • Askantwi says:
    May 24, 2014 05:58 pm
    My dear Franz, go to Egypt and learn.
  • OGYA says:
    May 24, 2014 09:43 pm
    He is a German , what do you expect him to say, loose to Ghana? He is patronizing his country just as anyone will do for his country. At the end of the day, the game will have to be played and we shall all see.
  • EA1us says:
    May 25, 2014 04:06 pm
    Selfmade, you've had some good football arguments on this blog, but this is definately not one of them bro. First of all, records are made to be broken so just put that aside. In one of your aforementioned states Germany beat Ghana when we had "better experience bs squad" refering to 2010 South Africa. Why so bro? Ayew hadn't any WC experience, the guy was probably 18 years, Kwadwo Asamoah falls into that category including Gyan and KpB; the list goes on except a few that played in 06 WC. However, after having a WC experience in 2010 and extra four years in serie A or league 1, you mean to say they were actually more experience in 2010 than today? Also, how old were they at that time?
  • MythBuster says:
    May 25, 2014 07:19 pm
    Ghanains are bunch of dreamers,most Ghanain players are either bench warmers or average players in their clubs,they are far from being a dream team,yet there is a limit to where patrotism can take one to...yes everyone loves his country but i can openly tell that Ghana may not defeat USA,Ghana only plays robust football and are always prone to concieving penalties and fowls,hey guys,this is far from the officiating in African competitions!The count down is on,reality check!!!...some one said German players are dwindling and i beg to ask how about the dead state of Ghana players!a team with Muntari,Essien,Asamoah,Ayew brothers etc and prince Boatang that plays only every four yrs for all honesty,can any of these Ghana players make German team or even their bench,your guess is as good as mine.