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Joachim Low's team have been tipped as one of the favourites for the World Cup in Brazil and will hope to do better than their third-placed finish in 2010

Tipped as one of the favourites for the upcoming World Cup, recent preparations have not been going too well for Germany.

Joachim Low's side drew 0-0 and 2-2 with Poland and Cameroon respectively, before managing to beat Armenia in the last of their friendly tune-ups before the tournament in Brazil.

The Germans are blessed with an abundance of riches in the midfield department, which perhaps explains why Low decided to name only one recognised striker in Miroslav Klose in his final list of 23 players. The likes of Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Marco Reus, Thomas Muller, Sebastian Draxler and Mario Gotze offer seemingly limitless options and it will be interesting to see how Germany's tactics are.

Having finished third in both 2006 and 2010, the Germans will be keen to at least get to the final, which would be their first since 2002 and possibly win their first World Cup since their last triumph in 1990.

The majority of Goal Singapore readers have however predicted a semi-final exit for Germany, with 44.7% indicating that their journey will stop at the last four. Only 19.9% predicted a final berth for them, with a further 16.3% believing they can indeed lift the trophy.

As for the rest, 11.4% predicted a quarter-final exit, followed by 5.8% and 2.8% for a group-stage and second-round exits respectively.

Germany will face Portugal in Group G opener against Portugal on June 17, 12a.m Singapore time. Their other opponents are Ghana and the United States.

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