Germany 2014 World Cup squad - Who were German heroes and where are they now?

Germany World Cup 2014
Who were part of the successful squad and where have their careers led them since that big day?

Germany were one of the favourites to win the World Cup in 2014 and Joachim Low's men started the tournament by thrashing Portugal 4-0 to make their intentions clear.

They advanced to the knockout stages as group winners and without losing a single game.

They then defeated Algeria and France to set up a semi-final clash with Brazil and destroyed the hosts 7-1 in arguably one of the most memorable games of the tournament.

Argentina awaited next in the final and got a gilt-edged opportunity to break the deadlock through Gonzalo Higuain, only for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to save the day.

In the second half of extra time, Germany made the difference at last, with super substitute Mario Gotze scoring the goal after some fine work from Andre Schurrle.

But who else were part of the team in the final that day and what has happened to them since?

  1. Manuel Neuer - Goalkeeper
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    Manuel Neuer - Goalkeeper

    Neuer continues to be Germany's first-choice keeper to date.

    During the 2014 World Cup, he kept four clean sheets and remarkably completed 244 passes, two more than Lionel Messi.

    He is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the history of the game and currently plies his trade for Bayern Munich at the club level.

  2. Philipp Lahm - Right-back

    Philipp Lahm - Right-back

    Lahm was the skipper of the German team that ended up lifting the trophy.

    In the group stages and even against Algeria in the Round of 16, he was deployed as a defensive midfielder by Joachim Low.

    However, toward the business end of the tournament, he was reinstated to his favourite right-back position.

    Remarkably, the World Cup final was his last match for Germany. Talking about bowing out on a high!

    He is Germany's ambassador for the 2024 European Championship and is also involved in several business ventures.

  3. Jerome Boateng - Centre-back

    Jerome Boateng - Centre-back

    Boateng was in brilliant form in the final as he won 83 per cent of his duels and committed just one foul in 120 minutes. His last-ditch tackle in extra time to intercept an attacking move was crucial to keep the scoreline unchanged.

    He currently plays for Lyon in France after enjoying a hugely successful career at Bayern Munich previously.

  4. Mats Hummels - Centre-back
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    Mats Hummels - Centre-back

    Hummels was not only timing his tackles to perfection in the defensive third but was also scoring some important goals on the opposite end in Brazil.

    He scored against Portugal in the first match and then went on to find the winner against France in the quarter-finals.

    He currently plays for Borussia Dortmund again, having previously represented Bayern Munich.

  5. Benedikt Howedes - Left-back
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    Benedikt Howedes - Left-back

    Howedes played every single minute of the 2014 World Cup for Germany.

    He hit the crossbar in the final and performed his defensive duties brilliantly throughout.

    He retired from football in 2020 and is currently pursuing a UEFA master's course for international players.

  6. Christoph Kramer - Right midfield
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    Christoph Kramer - Right midfield

    Kramer was included in the starting line-up for the final after Sami Khedira suffered a calf injury minutes before kick-off.

    However, he was substituted in the first half after he famously suffered a concussion following a collision with Ezequiel Garay.

    Kramer currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach.

  7. Bastian Schweinsteiger - Central midfield
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    Bastian Schweinsteiger - Central midfield

    The midfield general was key to Germany's success in the 2014 World Cup.

    He controlled the tempo of the final with his varied passing ability and was instrumental for Germany in the midfield battle.

    After making 121 appearances for Germany he retired from international football in 2016 and hung up his boots altogether in 2019 after unsuccessful spells with Manchester United and Chicago Fire.

    The Bayern Munich legend is currently working as a pundit for a German broadcaster.

  8. Toni Kroos - Left midfield

    Toni Kroos - Left midfield

    Kroos scored three goals and provided four assists at the 2014 World Cup and was named man of the match by FIFA for his impressive display against Brazil in the semi-finals.

    He was also named in the 10-man shortlist for the golden ball award.

    Although he has retired from international football, he continues to play a pivotal role in midfield for Real Madrid.

  9. Thomas Muller - Right winger

    Thomas Muller - Right winger

    Muller was one of the best players of the tournament as he scored five goals and provided three assists, earning a place in the Team of the Tournament.

    He was only the third player to score at least five goals in each of his first two World Cups.

    The versatile attacker currently plays for Bayern Munich, where he continues to be a key figure up top.

  10. Miroslav Klose - Striker
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    Miroslav Klose - Striker

    Klose holds the record for scoring the most number of goals (16) in World Cups and can thus only be classified as a bona fide legend.

    In 2014, he became the first player to appear in four consecutive World Cup semi-finals, staying on the pitch for 88 minutes before he was substituted by Mario Gotze.

    After retiring from football, he has taken to coaching.

    In May 2020, he signed a one-year contract to become the assistant of Hansi Flick and the former striker is currently in charge of Austrian side Rheindorf Altach.

  11. Mesut Ozil - Left wInger
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    Mesut Ozil - Left wInger

    Ozil was Germany's top scorer in the 2014 World Cup qualification with eight goals and he was in equally sublime form throughout the tournament, scoring the winner against Algeria in the Round of 16 in the process.

    He completed the most number of passes (171) in the attacking third and went on to create 17 chances, the second-most by a player.

    The former Arsenal man is currently contracted to Fenerbahce in the Turkish league.

  12. Andre Schurrle - Substitute
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    Andre Schurrle - Substitute

    Schurrle was mostly used as a substitute at the 2014 World Cup.

    He assisted the match-winner in the final as well after coming off the bench, which will be a key moment in his both his footballing career and life in general.

    The attacker somewhat surprisingly retired from football at just 29.

    After retiring from football he has acquired the services of a "life-coach".

    He is not associated with football anymore and dedicates most of his time to his family.

  13. Mario Gotze - Substitute

    Mario Gotze - Substitute

    Gotze will not score a more important goal in his career than the one he scored in the World Cup final.

    Before he was brought, on Low whispered in his ears "Show the world you are better than Messi and decide the World Cup."

    And deciding the World Cup he did.

    He became the first substitute to score a World Cup winning goal and the youngest player to score in a World Cup Final since fellow German Wolfgang Weber in 1966, who was also 22.

    He currently plays for Eintracht Frankfurt.

  14. Per Mertesacker - Substititute

    Per Mertesacker - Substititute

    The centre-back has over 100 appearances for Germany and played regularly in 2014 till the Round of 16.

    He came on in the dying minutes of the final to replace Ozil.

    He retired from football in 2018 and is currently the manager of Arsenal academy.

    He also co-owns a real estate agency called CO Immobilien along with former player Clemens Fritz.