Langerak backs Germany for WC success

Likely to be watching from the sidelines as Mat Ryan starts in goal for Australia at the World Cup Mitch Langerak is nevertheless set for a busy time in Brazil, where he will be cheering on both the Socceroos and his 'other' team-mates.

Langerak's status as Borussia Dortmund's reserve keeper has allowed Ryan, after one season as a first-team regular at Club Brugge, to pounce and seize the number one shirt left vacant by the retirement of Mark Schwarzer from international football last year.

However, four seasons spent developing in the Bundesliga has afforded the former Melbourne Victory man an opportunity to witness the quality of Germany's national team players first hand.

And that experience has convinced him of their credentials as genuine challengers in Brazil.

"Honestly, I think they'll do really well," he told Goal Australia.

"If you look at their squad, there's world class players in every single position. At least semi-finals.

"You can see the quality, you can see how Bayern have done, how Dortmund have done. The German boys at the other clubs.

“They've progressed so far in the Champions League. I think it's a good sign. A good age group. The boys are at a good time in their careers. Could be exciting."

Langerak has only to look to 'Die Mannschaft' and one of his BVB predecessors for a cautionary tale of what happens when international goalkeepers take their rivalry too far.

Former Dortmund custodian Jens Lehmann and Bayern Munich's stalwart shot-stopper Oliver Kahn spent close to a decade together in the national team set-up but were barely on speaking terms owing to a personality clash and their intense competition for the number one shirt.

There is apparently no danger of such a feud breaking about between Langerak and Ryan, with the likely reserve talking up the strong bond between the squad's glovemen. 

"No, no, nothing like that," he said when asked about the potential for a Lehmann-Kahn style rift in the Socceroos camp.

"The relationship's good. With Australian goalkeepers we've all pretty chilled with each other. We're all pretty tight together.

“Obviously we're all competing but we're also good mates, we all have a laugh together."

Ryan shouldn't get too comfortable between the posts though.

Langerak is determined to depose the 33-year-old Roman Wiedenfeller and become first-choice at Dortmund, something that would surely present Ange Postecoglou with a tough call to make over the name at the top of his team sheet. 

"You've got to bide your time," he said.

"I'm at a massive club. Things aren't always easy. If you look at our squad at Dortmund, there are internationals who are also on the bench. It's not an issue for me that I don't play regularly, because when I do play, I know what I can do."

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