How they qualified: Germany's qualifying campaign was as convincing as you could get – ruthless, you might even say. They went unbeaten in Group C, with nine wins from ten games. They also banged in 36 goals - more than any other team in the European qualifying section. No one sends out a message of intent quite like Germany.
World Cup pedigree: Formidable, fearsome, though not exactly flawless in recent years. Still, only Brazil and Italy have won more than Germany's three World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990). No other team has played more matches at the finals (99). They've also scored more goals (222) in World Cup finals than any other team.
Main man: Philipp Lahm is the heartbeat of the German national team. Huge big-match experience and metronomic consistency define the (often-underrated) Bayern Munich full-back. He'll be Low's general on the pitch.
One to watch: Marco Reus. The Borussia Dortmund man possesses all the attributes a modern midfielder requires, from exemplary technique to athletic prowess. His powerful, incisive runs will add zip to Germany's attacks.
What are their chances? Excellent. Germany will arrive at the tournament as one of the favourites, and it's justified given their squad's vast strength in depth. Whichever team beats them may well have a firm grip on the World Cup trophy in Rio on 13th July. Scary group, though, but if any team can navigate it, it's Germany.