Germany can neutralise Brazil at World Cup 2014 - Beckenbauer

The former Mannschaft boss has backed his nation as the only side capable of defeating Luiz Felipe Scolari's hosts at next year's finals
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer says his country's national team have what it takes to "neutralise" Brazil at next summer's World Cup, should the two sides meet.

The Nationalelf are, along with Luiz Felipe Scolari's Confederations Cup winners, backed by many as the favourites to win the title next year.

And Beckenbauer, one of only two men to have led their nation to World Cup glory as both player and manager, believes Joachim Low's side's modern style of football can lead them to success in the home of the Selecao.

"If there's one team capable of neutralising Brazil, I think it's Germany," the 67-year-old told

"There's a new style to Germany now, young and fresh, and Jogi Low played his part in that."

However, the 67-year-old feels Brazil will join the tournament as the main favourites, even though their Confederations Cup success could haunt them.

"If you can believe the record books, the Confederations Cup winners have never gone on to win the World Cup the following year, so in that respect it's not looking good for Brazil," he jokingly added.

"But the World Cup is in their own country, they showed what they're capable of at the Confederations Cup and I think they can do it at the World Cup as well.

"Given their home advantage, they start as big favourites."

Germany will face Austria and Faroe Islands on September 6 and 10, respectively, as part of their World Cup qualifying campaign.