Our prediction for this match:
Joachim Loew’s experimental side have done well enough to maintain the world-class status despite being without several star names and with Die Mannschaft sitting on the verge of Confederations Cup semi-final we expect an exciting match against Cameroon. Germany have four points to their name after two group matches and will only need a point to go through. The Germans rarely ever settle for a draw and will be expected to go out to try and beat the Africa Cup of Nations winners. Hugo Broos’ Lions are not in a good place at the moment as they need to win by a three-goal margin in order to achieve the top-two finish and go to the semi-finals. With a mission branded as nearly impossible, Cameroon are sitting as huge outsiders to pull off any kind of victory however and should consider themselves fortunate to avoid being defeated. Young and talented Germany players are motivated to leave a good impression on their manager ahead of next year’s World Cup in Russia and we expect them to go full force against Cameroon.
Highlighted Player (Mario Gotze):
Mario Gotze is a German midfielder, who played for Ronsberg and Eintrach Hombruch during his youth career before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2001. He made a great progress during his spell at the Borussia Dortmund’s youth academy and on 21 November, 2009 he made his Bundesliga debut for the Millionaires. Gotze scored 22 goals in 83 league appearances for the club between 2009 and 2013 and he joined Borussia Dortmund’s bitterest rivals Bayern Munich on April, 2013. The German midfielder, who is capable of playing as a striker as well, failed to impress in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but it has to be noted that he was struggling with injury at the start of the season. Gotze won three Bundesliga trophies with Bayern Munich, but at the end of the 2015/2016 season he returned to Borussia Dortmund. In 2014 he represented Germany at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and he scored the winner in the final against Argentina. Mario Gotze was born in Memmingen on 3 June, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Cameroon):
Cameroon are an African team that played their first ever game against Belgian Congo back in 1956. The Indomitable Lions made 7 appearances at the World Cup finals and they recorded their best result at the major tournament in 1990. Cameroon made it to the 1990 World Cup quarter-finals by beating Colombia in the last 16, but England proved to be a big catch for the African team. Speaking of Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon clinched their fourth CAN trophy in 2002, when they defeated Senegal in the title game. A number of world-class footballers played for the Indomitable Lions in the past and the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Rigobert Song, Roger Milla, Patrick M’Boma, Stephane Mbia and Geremi are the most notable players who were part of the Cameroonian national football team. Samuel Eto’o made 118 appearances for Cameroon, scoring 56 goals for the national team and he is regarded as the team’s top scorer. Eto’o used to play for the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Everton and Sampdoria in the past.