Netzer: We simply must qualify

German World Cup winner Gunter Netzer says it would be "unforgiveable" for Germany not to make it through their group in Brazil.

Last Updated: 28/12/13 at 13:28 Post Comment

Much is expected of Germany in Brazil in 2014

Much is expected of Germany in Brazil in 2014

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

German World Cup winner Gunter Netzer says it would be "unforgiveable" for Germany not to make it through their group in Brazil next summer.

Under Joachim Low, Germany have made the semi-finals at least in their last three major tournaments and many, Netzer included, are now expecting the "next step" to arrive.

That would mean winning the title in South America, and having set the bar so high, Netzer believes falling short of at least the last 16 would be an embarrassment.

"It would be unforgiveable," he said on the website of the German Football Association (DFB).

"Even a quarter-final defeat would be disappointing. Now is the time for the next step to be taken."

Netzer won the World Cup in 1974, since then Germany were crowned World Champions again in 1990, but they have not won a major tournament since triumphing at Euro 1996 in England.

Rarely have the expectations been as high as they are now, though, as Low's men cruised through qualifying unbeaten.

"It's a compliment to this whole team that they are expected to play at such a high level and be successful," added Netzer, who does not feel the level of expectation will weigh them down.

The expectations are also high that Bayern Munich will become the first side to defend their Champions League title in May, and Netzer believes they have the strength in depth to break that duck.

"They have such strong foundations that, even when they pick up injuries, no huge hole opens up in terms of the team's quality," Netzer said.


New Sky Bet customers: Free £30 matched bet


More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

sn'tthis strange. Last season we were worried that we were stuck with a Dinosaur in Moyes while Liverpool and Everton were disappearing into the distance with their young, spritely managerts, playing football from heaven. Progressive managers, they said. Managers who understand the modern game.........

HarryBoulton
Rodgers: The pressure's on

B

eing consistently and unrelentingly dog turd really takes it out of you. Try shadow boxing. That's what it's like watching Liverpool, punching thin air.

sinbadsdad
Neville: Reds need a rest

G

ood list, some crackers in there. For me, I'd have had Steve McManaman for Liverpool away at Celtic in the UEFA cup in 1997. I was in the ground that night and everyone kept screaming at him to make a pass, but he just kept going and going and going...brilliant, and in the dying minutes too.

uncle-muller
F365's Top Ten Counter-Attacking Goals

Footer 365

Champions League: Lionel Messi breaks goalscoring record as PSG win

Lionel Messi became the Champions League's all-time record scorer as Barcelona thrashed APOEL Nicosia, while PSG won.

Champions League: Mourinho hails Chelsea team performance after Schalke demolition

Jose Mourinho hailed Chelsea's "complete" performance after their 5-0 demolition of Schalke.

Champions League: Aguero treble stuns Bayern

Sergio Aguero's last-gasp heroics earned Manchester City a thrilling 3-2 win over 10-man Bayern Munich at the Etihad.

Mail Box

Counter-Attacks: Making Me Fall In Love Again

There is a good deal of love for counter-attacking goals, plus some sympathy for Arsene Wenger, heaping the praise on Chunky Pardew too early and why Klopp > Rodgers...

There's Excitement In Toon Again...

We have mails on a young, vibrant Newcastle side along with the usual woe from those in the red of Liverpool and Arsenal. We just love having the Premier League back...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property