Why Germany will win Euro 2016

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I know what you’re thinking. You’ve probably seen Germany play recently, and losses against England and Slovakia have you a bit down.

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Let’s take a step back though and remember who we’re talking about here.

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There’s no question that this summer’s Euro 2016 has the makings of a special tournament, whether it’s Germany, hosts France or an up-and-coming nation like Belgium.

However, Germany remains the the reigning FIFA World Cup champions and the squad that Joachim Low has selected is not only experienced but it is also one of the deepest you’ll see in the competition. The Germans are currently seen as co-favorites in most betting fronts (3/1) along with the French.

Here’s a quick rundown of why Germany will win Euro 2016:

World Cup heroes — Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos are just several of the names expected to light it up in France, while youngsters like Liverpool’s Emre Can and Leroy Sane of Schalke look to make their mark on the international game.

While the German backline no longer features staple outside back Phillip Lahm, Bayern Munich duo Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng will anchor the defense this summer. It also helps having the world’s best keeper, Manuel Neuer, manning the net.

The group scenario — While it was two years ago, the Germans cruised through the World Cup group stage, which was widely considered the “Group of Death.” After beginning with the walloping of Portugal, the Germans followed up their feat with respectable results against Ghana and the United States, before disposing of Algeria, France and Brazil en route to the final.

The Brazil match alone should clearly depict just how dangerous this Germany squad can be, putting up a stunning seven goals on the host nation. Then, they got all they could handle from Lionel Messi and Argentina, but still found a way to push past them for the team’s fourth World Cup crown.

This year, Germany is handed a significantly easier group at the Euros, and with three teams possibly advancing from Group C, there’s absolutely no reason why Low and co. won’t make it to the final 16.

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