Germany – World Cup Profile

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Road to Qatar 2022

Germany became the first nation to book their place at the FIFA World Cup as they comfortably won qualification Group J by nine points. Wins over Iceland and Romania should have set the tone for the four-time World Cup winners. However, a defeat to lowly North Macedonia spelt the beginning of the end for then coach Joachim Löw who days earlier confirmed that Euro 2020 would be his last tournament in charge. A meek round of 16 elimination at the hands of England saw the World Cup-winning coach wave goodbye to Die Mannschaft. 

The German FA wasted little time in finding a replacement announcing Champions League-winning coach Hansi Flick. The former FC Bayern coach made an immediate impact, registering seven consecutive wins in World Cup qualification including a 9-0 thumping of Liechtenstein to book a 20th appearance at the FIFA World Cup. 

History at the World Cup

1934 - Third place
1938 - First round
1954 - Winners
1958 - Third place
1962 - Quater-finals
1966 - Second place
1970 - Third place
1974- Winners
1978 - Second round
1982 - Second place
1986 - Second place
1990 - Winners
1994 - Quarter-finals
1988 - Quarter-finals
2002 - Second place
2006 - Third place
2010 - Third place
2014 - Winners
2018 - Group Stage

Player to Watch 

Despite a wealth of options between the sticks, Germany's captain and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 36, remains his side's most important player. Alongside Thomas Mueller and possibly Mats Hummels, Neuer will be one of only a few members of Germany's victorious 2014 World Cup squad to make the trip to Qatar. Besides his leadership, experience and familiarity with the sizeable Bayern contingent, sweeper-keeper Neuer is essential to the way Flick's Germany want to play. Neuer, who has won two Champions League titles and is on a record streak of 10 consecutive Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, enters the tournament under a significant injury cloud, having missed most of October due to a shoulder problem.


Group fixtures:

November 23: Germany v Japan - Khalifa International Stadium

November 27: Spain v Germany - Al Bayt 

December 1: Costa Rica v Germany - Al Bayt

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