Team profile: Germany

Germany have a reputation for over achieving. Their much maligned side reached the final in 2002, and the host nation is once again underperforming on the eve of the tournament. They'll be looking to go one better this time around in front of a parochial home crowd.

    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

     

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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