Matthaus: Germany is a World Cup contender

The 52-year-old believes Joachim Low's side possess enough quality to triumph in Brazil and insists concerns over the weather and distances between stadiums are overblown.
Lothar Matthaus says Germany is "definitely" a contender for Brazil 2014, while he dismissed concerns about the tournament's logistics.

Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and the lead-up to next year's World Cup has included plenty of discussion about how teams will handle the travel between venues, as well as the heat and humidity expected.

But Matthaus, who has plenty of experience playing in major finals, says Brazil does not throw up any new problems compared to previous tournaments.

"I've played at five World Cups including one in the U.S. where the distances between the stadiums were also big," the former German midfielder said. "One World Cup in Mexico where we had games around midday and the temperature was at 45 degrees.

"Obviously you have to prepare yourself for that. That's why you have a medical team and also a team that helps to find the right headquarters, taking everything into consideration. It's hard for every team, for every nation."

Matthaus believes Germany has the quality to claim its fourth World Cup in Brazil, but insists a team needs more than just good players to lift the trophy at the Maracana next year.

"I'm also hoping for a title for my country after 24 years," the 52-year-old said. "The German national team has the quality, they showed that in previous tournaments. They also qualified in an impressive fashion. But in a World Cup, as I said, many factors play a role. Our team is always being prepared in the best way possible but, as I said, there are always lots of surprises.

"Every team wants to win against the so-called favorites, but if the team performs the way they have done in the last few years then they are definite contenders."

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