Beckenbauer: Germany can Neutralise Brazil
Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer believes his country's national team have what it takes to "neutralise" Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.
The German team, along with Luiz Felipe Scolari's Seleção that won the 2013 Confederations Cup, are well backed by many as the favourites to win the title next year.
And the World Cup winner believes Joachim Low's side's modern style of football can lead them to glory despite the Seleção’s home advantage.
The 67-year-old told Fifa.com: "If there's one team capable of neutralising Brazil, I think it's Germany.
"There's a new style to Germany now, young and fresh, and Jogi Low played his part in that."
Beckenbauer feels Brazil will join the tournament as the main favourites, however, their Confederations Cup success could haunt them.
He jokingly added: "If you can believe the record books, the Confederations Cup winners have never gone on to win the World Cup the following year, so in that respect it's not looking good for Brazil.
"But the World Cup is in their own country, they showed what they're capable of at the Confederations Cup and I think they can do it at the World Cup as well.
"Given their home advantage, they start as big favourites."