Germany coach Joachim Low says he has not been surprised by his side's coming of age at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Low's squad, who were considered by many to be too inexperienced in the run-up to South Africa 2010, will kick off Wednesday's semi-final against Spain as slight outsiders. But it is testimony to the vibrancy of their performances that no-one will regard it as a major shock should they end Spain's dream of lifting their first FIFA World Cup.

I've never doubted this team's potential or development.

Joachim Low, Germany coach

And Low revealed he always felt he would be leading a competitive group into Africa's first FIFA World Cup. "I've never doubted this team's potential or development," he said. "They've shown a thirst for victory that is worthy of world champions. It's a nice team. They like to learn, they're very motivated and I'm very proud of them. It has been a great experience, on and off the pitch."

In the Spanish camp, meanwhile, the hope is that Germany will give them the opportunity to impose their quick-passing style on the match when the two sides meet in Durban. "We've had tough games against opponents who, above all, wanted to stop us playing," said head coach Vicente Del Bosque. "I think the semi-final will be different. Both teams want to reach the final. We know we can play better than we have done so far, hopefully it will be an open match and a good advert for football."