FIFA Ranking: 19

Coach: Juergen Klinsmann

Key players: Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Lukas Podolski

World Cup record: 15th appearance

Best finish: Champion 1954, 1974, 1990

Last appearance: Runner up 2002

Qualifying route: Host

Key question: Will home ground advantage be enough for this team so drastically out of form?

Squad:

Goalkeepers #
Jens Lehmann 1
Oliver Kahn 12
Timo Hildebrand 23
Defenders
Marcell Jansen 2
Arne Friedrich 3
Robert Huth 4
Jens Nowotny 6
Philipp Lahm 16
Per Mertesacker 17
Christoph Metzelder 21
Midfielders
Sebastian Kehl 5
Bastian Schweinsteiger 7
Torsten Frings 8
Michael Ballack 13
Thomas Hitzlsperger 15
Tim Borowski 18
Bernd Schneider 19
David Odonkor 22
Forwards
Mike Hanke 9
Oliver Neuville 10
Miroslav Klose 11
Gerald Asamoah 14
Lukas Podolski 20

Group matches:

v Costa Rica, 16:00 GMT, Friday 9th June - Munich

v Poland, 19:00 GMT, Wednesday 14th June - Dortmund

v Ecuador, 14:00 GMT, Tuesday 20th June - Berlin