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Fancied Germany are World Cup outsiders in home poll
May 14, 2014 / 9:59 AM / 4 years ago

Fancied Germany are World Cup outsiders in home poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Despite being considered one of the title favourites at next month’s World Cup, only about one in 20 Germans believe the side can lift the trophy, according to poll published in Stern magazine on Wednesday.

Puppets of Germany's national soccer team players are on display at the headquarters of the German national soccer association (DFB) prior to the announcement of the German squad for the upcoming FIFA2014 World Cup in Frankfurt, May 8, 2014. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach (GERMANY - Tags: SPORT SOCCER) - RTR3OA0B

The poll of a representative sample of 1,002 people revealed only six percent thought coach Joachim Loew’s team can end an 18-year trophy drought at the tournament in Brazil.

About one in 10 believe Germany will reach the final while 41 percent think the journey will end at the semi-final stage. About one in four think they will go out in the quarter-finals.

The Germans, whose last trophy win was at Euro 96, are drawn in Group G with Ghana, Portugal and the United States with almost all of those polled certain they will advance to the knockout phase.

Only two percent said they will not make it out of the group.

Home fans are not convinced the team can challenge for the World Cup with only two strikers - 35-year-old World Cup stalwart Miroslav Klose and the untested Kevin Volland.

There are also doubts over the stability of the central defence with a perception that the talented squad lacks natural leaders capable of shouldering expectations of a success-starved population.

The poll was conducted on May 8 and 9 by the Forsa Institute on behalf of the magazine and after the announcement of the 30-man provisional squad.

Loew will reduce it to 25 or 26 later on Wednesday before submitting his final 23-member squad by June 2.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by John O'Brien

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