Soccer fans love a good game. If you are in Berlin when the FIFA World Cup 2018 takes place, you will surely be taken along for an adrenaline-filled ride as Germany once again battles it out for the coveted title.
Every four years the FIFA World Cup brings Europe to a standstill in the lead up to the final match. Berliners love it. Every beer garden and pub will turn on their screens and don their German national colors. The beer will be flowing. But, will the German team satisfy the fans’ hunger for another win?
Germany’s coach Joachim Löw has had huge success with the team and has taken them to five major tournaments – EUFA EURO 2008, FIFA World Cup 2010, UEFA EURO 2012, FIFA World Cup 2014 and EUFA EURO 2016. In all of these tournaments, the team at least reached the semi-finals. If the pattern holds, we will add FIFA World Cup 2018 to that list.
Germany is the defending champion, having won the title against Brazil in 2014. Does this bring some extra heat to the competition this year in Russia? Absolutely! The statistics say that when a team wins a ‘warm-up’ tournament like Germany did last year at the Confederations Cup, it is rarely ever followed by a title win at the World Cup.
It is fair to say that Brazil is Germany’s biggest challenge in this FIFA World Cup tournament. No team has ever won back-to-back FIFA championships, other than Brazil in 1962. Brazil is also the only non-European team to win the cup on European soil.
Germany could, however, reign victorious. Coach Löw has stacked his squad with the best-of-the-best in an interesting mix of seasoned players, such as Miroslav Klose, Jurgen Klinsmann, Mario Gomez, Timo Werner and Sandro Wagner, and with some newer players, like Joshua Kimmich, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Brandt and Niklas Süle. Coach Löw can only take 23 players, three of which are goalkeepers, so the strategy starts off the field in his team pick.
Where to watch the world cup in Berlin?
Germany’s slogan on the side of their team bus reads ‘Best Never Rest’, and the fans will also get little rest from the start of the first match on June 17th to the final match on July 15th. Our advice would be to get out there and watch the matches with the rest of Berlin.
Beer gardens are usually family-friendly for daytime games. The atmosphere is electric, especially when goals are kicked or penalties won, beer is on tap and sausages are on the grill. Even the smallest pub or sports bar will have a screen to show a game. Watch with the largest crowds at the ‘Fanmiele’ near Brandenburger Tor.
Wherever you end up, you will definitely get caught up in the thrill of it all. Enjoy the feeling of the World Cup in Berlin, and order yourself another beer. Cheers!