Should Germany fail to impress at the 2014 World Cup, thereâ€™s a good possibility that manager Joachim LÃ¶w could be out of a job.
Germany have been drawn alongside Portugal, the United States and Ghana in Group G, which many have labeled this tournamentâ€™s â€œGroup of Death.â€
But despite being drawn into such a tough group, the Germany coach knows his teamâ€™s performances will be heavily scrutinized.
And even though he recently signed a contract extension keeping him in place through Euro 2016,Â LÃ¶w knows thatâ€™s no guarantee. If Germany donâ€™t live up to expectations,Â a new manager is likely,Â acknowledged the coach:
"I have a contract, but I also know that aÂ BundestrainerÂ [German national coach] will always be judged by the teamâ€™s performance in a tournament.Â Should we be eliminated at the group stage, it would be necessary that changes are made," he said.Â
Germany, considered one of the favorites to lift the Cup, has a tough road ahead of them. Not only are the U.S., Portugal and Ghana all dangerous opponents, capable of taking points away from them, but Germany has quite a few injury concerns as well.
Central midfielders Ilkay GÃ¼ndogan and Lars Bender were left out of the squad.
Marcel Schmelzer was cut from the roster with a knee injury. Bayern Munich teammates Manuel Neuer, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Philipp Lahm all came to training camp carrying knocks.
Fortunately for Germany, they have the depth to deal with injuries, particularly in the midfield.
Even better news is that Neuer, Schweinsteiger and Lahm are allÂ expected to be fitÂ for the first game of the tournament, against Portugal.
Thatâ€™s not fantastic news for their opponents, of course. But itâ€™s certainly music to the ears of JoachimÂ LÃ¶w.