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2014/06/24 BVB News

Dortmund's Hummels emerges as Germany's new leader

The German football team has a new leader: Mats Hummels, always a calm and confident influence, has been an excellent advertisement for Borussia Dortmund at the World Cup in Brazil. The central defender's performances in the first two group games against Portugal (4-0) and Ghana (2-2) were one of the biggest positives for the national team. His influence has also continued off the field, just as it does at Borussia Dortmund. His new-found importance to the squad became clear before the Ghana match in Fortaleza, as the German medical team pulled out all the stops in an effort to get him fit after suffering a bruised thigh. The mission was a success, and Mats put in another top-class performance – robust, determined and reliable. These qualities are appreciated by both the coach Joachim Löw and Per Mertesacker, who wouldn't want to be without the Dortmund player as his partner in central defence.

On the large advertising hoardings of the German Football Association's main sponsor, which can also be seen at many locations at the team's Campo Bahia headquarters in Santo Andre, Hummels appears bigger and more energetic than his teammates, one clenched fist raised in the air. Under the slogan "#BereitWieNie" (more ready than ever), he is the figurehead for the country's greatest target: to win the fourth World Cup title for Germany in Rio de Janeiro on the 13th of July. The 25-year-old admits to taking some pleasure in the role, especially when he was always one of the first targets for criticism in the past. "Personally, I'm satisfied. But it's still pretty early days. I think we can still improve generally," said Hummels.

In the first game against Portugal, it was his powerful header from a corner that brought the all-important second goal. He had to leave the field due to an injury later on, but often received the top rating amongst the German players in the German media, together with hat-trick hero Thomas Müller. As such, Joachim Löw breathed a sigh of relief when he learned that Hummels could play again the day before the Ghana match.

Hummels feels in top shape as the only Dortmund player in the starting line-up alongside six from Bayern Munich. Marco Reus would have joined him but for an unlucky injury suffered in the final warm-up game before the squad departed, a 6-1 victory over Armenia. "The injury I struggled with during the Bundesliga season actually turned out to be an advantage when it came to the World Cup. I was a little more rested going into the tournament, having played about 20 games fewer than usual. I feel really good," said Hummels before the last group game against the USA, where Germany only need a draw to progress to the second round as the group winners. "It would be hugely unfair if anyone were to entertain the idea of deliberately playing for a draw. We will do everything we can to win," emphasised the defender. "It would be extremely unfair to the other nations if we were to conspire for a mutually beneficial result."

After winning 32 caps, he now finally feels like he's settled in the national team. "When I wasn't playing, especially for that period in autumn last year, the coach was always very supportive. That was a good sign," he said. He rejects claims that there have been conflicts between him and the Bayern players, who know him from when he used to play for the youth team in Munich. The defender, who was born in Bergisch Gladbach, close to Cologne, also rubbished the report saying he had criticised the fact that Philipp Lahm was playing in midfield. "We don't discuss internally where we would prefer Philipp to play. He does his job well in both positions, and I don't really mind whether he plays in midfield or defence."

There's only one topic he doesn't want to talk about: the attention his girlfriend, Cathy Fischer, has drawn by writing a World Cup blog for one of Germany's biggest tabloids is something he sees as a purely private matter. Mats Hummels also set up a Twitter account just in time for the German team's first World Cup game. After just over week, he has posted five tweets and accumulated over 100,000 followers – not bad for a beginner. His star can only continue to rise from here.