Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer celebrate in Berlin after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. - © © gettyimages / Thomas Michael
Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer celebrate in Berlin after Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. - © © gettyimages / Thomas Michael

Germany's 2014 FIFA World Cup-winning squad: where are they now?


They went all the way to glory in Rio, a 23-man squad - including Manuel Neuer, Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller - made up of youth, some experience and immense talent. Yet who made up the cast that took Germany to their fourth FIFA World Cup win in Brazil and where are they now? scans the names behind the squad numbers of the heroes of 2014 ...

1. Manuel Neuer

The finest goalkeeper on the planet not only lifted the FIFA World Cup in Rio, but he was also awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament's best custodian, making 25 saves and keeping four clean sheets at the finals. Now 32, The Bayern Munich and Germany captain is facing a race against time to be fit for Russia having spent most of this season sidelined with a foot injury.

Watch: Check out Neuer's top five Bundesliga saves!


2. Kevin Großkreutz

An often controversial figure during the end of his Borussia Dortmund days, Großkreutz went into the 2014 finals as a double Bundesliga winner and UEFA Champions League finalist. Immensely versatile, the winger/full-back made six senior international appearances during his career, but failed to get any playing time in Brazil. A spell at Stuttgart preceded a move to current second-tier strugglers Darmstadt.

3. Matthias Ginter

Another former Dortmund man, Ginter was a Freiburg player when he was called into Joachim Löw's finals squad. At 20, the current Borussia Mönchengladbach centre-back was the youngest player in Germany's set-up but didn't make an appearance at the tournament. Having featured prominently in Die Mannschaft's FIFA Confederation's Cup triumph last summer, Ginter seems certain to be on Germany's plane to Russia.

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14. Julian Draxler

Like Ginter, Draxler was just 20 when he joined up with Germany's conquering squad four years ago. Came on a substitute as the eventual winners destroyed Brazil in the semi-final while was an unused sub in the showpiece against Argentina five days later. A Schalke man then, Draxler moved on to Wolfsburg before joining Paris Saint-Germain. Played a big part in his nation's EURO 2016 semi-final run as well as the Confederations Cup triumph last year. After scoring three times and assisting twice in eight qualifiers, he will be very much a part of Löw's plans in Russia.

15. Erik Durm

Just beginning to realise his phenomenal potential at Borussia Dortmund, full-back Durm was rewarded with a place in the 2014 squad for Brazil. Debuting against Cameroon in a pre-World Cup friendly, the 25-year-old was an unused substitute at the finals but did collect four more caps in EURO 2016 qualifiers thereafter. Since then, the BVB player has suffered rotten luck on the injury front, with hip and ankle problems following two knee complaints. Having failed to play at all this season, Durm is out of contention for Russia.

16. Philipp Lahm

On a roll of honour that read Fritz Walter (1954), Franz Beckenbauer (1974) and Lothar Matthäus (1990), the name Philipp Lahm was added in 2014. The Bayern great raised the trophy as captain of his country, just like those legendary players did before him. Lahm completed the most passes at the last World Cup, his tally standing at an immense 562, while his two assists in the semi-final win against Brazil added even more gloss. Retired from the game last year following 500 games and 21 titles and is currently an ambassador for Germany's UEFA EURO 2024 bid. 

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17. Per Mertesacker

The central defender played alongside Hummels for the opening four games of World Cup 2014 before Boateng was brought in from a wide position to start both the semi-final and the final. At 6'6", the ex-Hannover and Werder Bremen colossus hung up his international boots after the tournament, with some 104 caps to reminisce upon. Is now in his seventh season at Arsenal, where he has been three times an FA Cup winner, and will take a role at the club's academy this summer.

18. Toni Kroos

Came into the World Cup as a burgeoning midfield schemer and left as a bona-fide global star. Kroos, who enjoyed a loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen from Bayern in 2009/10, had a fantastic tournament in central midfield in Brazil, starting every game and scoring twice in the 7-1 win against Brazil. Left Bayern following the tournament for Real Madrid, where he has since won the European Cup twice and the Spanish Liga.

Watch: Toni Kroos - a world-class midfielder, made in the Bundesliga

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19. Mario Götze

"Show the world you are better than Messi,” Löw told Götze before sending him into the 2014 World Cup final two minutes before the end of normal time. In the 113th minute, Super Mario netted the winning goal that brought Germany a fourth world crown. Only 22 then, Götze made the switch from Dortmund to Pep Guardiola's Bayern soon afterward. Following three somewhat frustrating seasons in Bavaria, he returned to Dortmund where a metabolic illness and an ankle injury kept playing time down. Since back to his best, is crossing his fingers for Russia.

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20. Jerome Boateng

Germany's Mr. Versatile at the finals, Boateng was used on the right of defence and at centre-back and was another of those who played a part in all seven matches, group stage to final. Now 29 and playing in his seventh season with Bayern, the Berliner is working hard on his recovery from an adductor injury sustained in this season's UEFA Champions League, with coach Jupp Heynckes insisting the giant defender will be ready in time for Russia.

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