The Group of Death is obviously difficult, but it is about to extra death-y. It's Germany vs. Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Mesut Ozil, and let's leave it at that because the rest of the matchups tilt heavily to the Germans.
The biggest surprise in the two teams' lineups is that Bastian Schweinsteiger will start. He has battled fitness issues for a few months now and some questioned if he would be both fit enough and in good enough form to start. Apparently, he is, and if he has it all together then Germany is on a whole other level. His fitness was possibly the only question people had about this German team.
With the Netherlands falling to Denmark, this match could determine the Group B winner. Because the winner of the group will end up on the opposite side of the bracket as Spain -- assuming the Spanish win their group -- taking this group is huge.