The trends say that Bayern Munich will win the Champions League and Germany will triumph at Euro 2016...
"Two of the last three European World Cup winners followed up by parading the European Championship silverware around two years later: France in 2000 and Spain in 2012."
Germany to win Euro 2016 @ [4.4]
Whenever a side win an international tournament, you can guarantee that a pundit or two will pronounce that they have the artillery to remain on top, ignoring the fact that international football is domination-proof. True to form, the BBC Football homepage carries a "Germany can dominate for years" the morning after their triumph over Argentina.
However, while it is questionable whether Germany will still be this competitive in 2018, let alone in 2022, recent history dictates that they will be the chief protagonists at Euro 2016. Two of the last three European World Cup winners followed up by parading the European Championship silverware around two years later: France in 2000 and Spain in 2012.
When players achieve the greatest glory of their career, there is a worry that they will be sated and lose their edge. Germany's Bayern bunch (Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller) have already proven their immunity to that virus though by following 2012/13's treble with a double last term.
The last World Cup was won by a Barcelona star (Andres Iniesta) flanked by five more of the Camp Nou's finest and David Villa, who joined them in the aftermath. Pep Guardiola was the coach who kept them all motivated to win that season's Champions League, and his knack for milking World Cup success to maximise club progress should come in handy again at Bayern.
Lahm and/or Schweinsteiger to hit the Ballon d'Or podium
This is a thought to keep on ice for when this market springs to life later in 2014. World Cup victors are regularly rewarded when the Ballon d'Or voting forms are handed out. Andres Iniesta and Xavi shared the 2010 podium with Lionel Messi and Fabio Cannavaro, Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane earned the award to complement World Cup winner medals in the three prior tournament years.
Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger are the outstanding German candidates to be recognised this time, on account of their performance levels in Brazil, Bayern success this year and the "lifetime achievement worthiness" vibe that caused people to campaign for Xavi and Iniesta in 2010.