April 30th, 2013
03:31 PM ET

Is the Champions League a prelude to German World Cup triumph?

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze will be playing for Bayern Munich next season. (Getty Images).
Borussia Dortmund's Mario Gotze will be playing for Bayern Munich next season. (Getty Images).

"Almost impossible." That's how former German international striker Oliver Bierhoff described the task his country face in trying to win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

On the evidence of last week's Champions League semifinal first legs, Bierhoff is mistaken.

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund could both capture continental glory after four-goal hauls against Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively, but the big winners look set to be the German national team.

A look through the starting line ups for both Bayern and Dortmund reveals an array of young, exciting, vibrant, German talent which must have national coach Joachim Low licking his lips. FULL POST