Photo Gallery Meet Germany's World Cup Team

After a rash of injuries left him with few choices, German trainer Joachim Löw finalized the World Cup roster of the national football team on Tuesday.
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Andreas Beck (second from left) was the last man cut from the German national squad. Here, Beck trains with the team in South Tyrol on May 26.

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The 23-year-old defender, who plays his club football for 1899 Hoffenheim, was given the bad news on Tuesday.

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Trainer Joachim Löw didn't have to make too many decisions in forming the final roster -- injuries to key players, including then-captain Michael Ballack, did much of the work for him.

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Manuel Neuer won the starting job in goal after presumed starter René Adler broke a rib. The 24-year-old Schalke keeper helped Germany blank Hungary 3-0 last week in a World Cup tune up.

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Tim Wiese had a strong season in goal for Werder Bremen, but the 28-year-old will be Neuer's backup.

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Jörg Butt, the gray-haired member of the squad at age 36, stepped into the picture after Alder's injury. Butt plays for Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich.

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Per Mertesacker, number 17 in the picture, is the indisputable leader of the German defense. Mertesacker, 25, has played in 61 matches for the national team and even chipped in five goals this year for Werder Bremen.

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Serdar Tasci is a 23-year-old defender with 11 international matches under his belt. He plays for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.

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Holger Badstuber: The 21-year-old Bayern Munich defender has the least international experience among Germany's "Abwehr" with just one match. Badstuber, who can play in the middle or on the left, played on both the German under-19 and under-21 squads.

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Defender Philipp Lahm, 26, was named captain after Ballack's ankle injury. The Bayern Munich star is considered one of the best outside defenders in the world. He leads the defensive corps with three goals in 64 matches.

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Jerome Boateng, 21, is one of the most talented defenders on the German squad, but a poor season in Hamburg has fans worried. Boateng, who plays on the right, had little competition for the spot and is expected to see a lot of action in South Africa.

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Dennis Aogo, who bookends Boateng on the left side of Hamburg's defense, finds Lahm in front of him. The 23-year-old has only two games on Germany's national squad.

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Arne Friedrich, 31, the senior member of the defense, has played in 71 international matches. Despite playing on the relegated Hertha Berlin squad this year, Friedrich is considered a dependable inside defender.

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Marcell Jansen, 25, is a two-way player that Löw more than likely will use in the defensive midfield. Jansen, who plays for Hamburg, has played in 31 international matches and netted two goals.

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Sami Khedira is Germany's up-and-coming defensive midfielder. The 23-year-old helped lead the German under-21 team to the European Championship in 2009. Khedira, who plays for his hometown Stuttgart, is considered a good runner, pugnacious and technically sound.

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Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is a key player for Germany and is now being asked to fill in for Ballack as the anchor of the national squad's midfield. The Bayern Munich star burst onto the international stage as a 21-year-old during the 2006 World Cup. Schweinsteiger has netted 19 goals in 73 international matches.

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Twenty-year-old Toni Kroos is the youngest member of the German squad. The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder has yet to score in three international appearances, but the offensive-minded player is considered a top threat anywhere on the field.

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The team has high expectations for midfielder Mesut Özil, but a mid-season slump this year at Werder Bremen has some worried about his form. Like Kroos, Özil, 21, can play any offensive midfield position.

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Piotr Trochowski is coming off a disappointing season at Hamburg. Trochowski, 26, spent significant time on the bench and is in competition with Kroos and Özil for a spot in the starting lineup.

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Marko Marin, 21, has worked his way back onto the national team after being cut from the 2008 European Championship squad. Marin has played both offensive midfield and striker for Werder Bremen.

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Striker Mario Gomez, 24, has had trouble getting on the same page with his other German attackers. Despite being in the doghouse of Bayern Munich Trainer Louis van Gaal, Gomez has won the appreciation of Löw and should see significant playing time in South Africa.

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Miroslav Klose has put home 48 goals in 95 international appearances for Germany. Löw hopes that the 32-year-old striker can regain his 2006 form when he scored five goals and won the Golden Boot as the tournament's top scorer. Klose spent much of the past season on Bayern Munich's bench and has seemed lost during his recent national team appearances.

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Lukas Podolski, another striker looking to recapture his 2006 form, may be pushed back to left offensive midfielder. Podolski, who turns 25 on June 4, scored merely two goals this year for Cologne. He has netted a total of 38 goals in 72 international matches.

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Thomas Müller, 20, was one of the biggest surprises of the year in the Bundesliga. Whether at midfield or striker, the Bayern Munich player has the scorer's touch. Despite just one international appearance, Müller has had extensive international experience as a junior.

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Cacau had enormous success in the second half of the Bundesliga season, leading Stuttgart with 13 goals. The 29-year-old Brazilian-born striker, however, is on the back end of the team's logjam of strikers.

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Stefan Kiessling (right), 26, played the best season of his career, scoring 21 goals for Bayer Leverkusen, but has still yet to catch the eye of Löw. Kiessling will likely see little action in South Africa as he fights for playing time with the five other strikers Löw is bringing along to the tournament.

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