Andreas Moller has little doubt that Germany can go all the way at next year's World Cup if the players head to Brazil with the belief they can win.
The Nationalelf were last crowned world champions in 1990 when they beat Argentina 1-0 courtesy of a strike from Andreas Brehme and Moller believes the current side can improve on 2010's third-placed finish next summer.
"The very fact Germany are considered contenders for the trophy again is already a big plus. It's not always been the case, but at the moment we're competitive with the world's biggest footballing nations," Moller told the official Fifa website.
"In my opinion the greatest danger is from within, as it were, if the players don't summon up everything they have.
"However, if everything comes together next summer we have a huge chance of winning the trophy. But football is unpredictable, which is of course one of the best things about it."
The former Germany international went on to discuss other contenders for the world title and singled out a number of South American sides as well as reigning campions Spain and Euro 2012 finalists Italy.
"Obviously Brazil in front of their home crowds and holders Spain, the gold standard of recent years.
"I'd also mention Argentina and Uruguay, because the tournament is in South America and these two have always been good on their home continent.
"And there's always Italy, a typical tournament team just like Germany."