Germany will be looking to bounce back from two poor showings at major tournaments when they get their 2022 World Cup campaign underway on Wednesday.
Die Mannschaft won the World Cup in 2014 and many expected that to be the start of a Spain-like domination from Joachim Low’s side.
Instead they faltered, failing to get out of the groups at the 2018 World Cup and bowing out of Euro 2020 in the last-16.
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Germany have truly paid the price for not being one of the top seeds for the World Cup, ranked 12th in the world at the time of the group stage draw. As a result, they were given a tough group alongside Spain, Japan and Costa Rica. Although Germany will still be expected to qualify from their group, the route to the final looks tough. With Hansi Flick still getting to know his best team, this tournament could come a bit too early and any dreams of a repeat of 2014 may be a bit farfetched. A good run to the quarter-finals should be okay, providing results in the other groups go their way.
Germany route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Germany vs Japan
|Khalifa International Stadium
|23 November 2022, 1pm
|Spain vs Germany
|Al Bayt Stadium
|27 November 2022, 7pm
|Costa Rica vs Germany
|Al Bayt Stadium
|1 December 2022, 7pm
*All times GMT
Germany are in possibly the toughest group at the 2022 World Cup and open their tournament against Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium. Then it’s the match many expect to be the decider of the group against Spain, with the winner of that likely to top Group E. Germany close their group stage, but hopefully not their tournament, against Costa Rica.
Who could Germany meet in the knockout rounds?
If Germany win Group E they will play the runners-up of Group F which, on bookmakers’ odds, would be Croatia. But after that there really isn’t a prize for Germany winning their group. In the quarter-final, they would play the winner of Group G or the Group H runners-up, which puts them up against the likes of Brazil, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea. And if they manage to get through that game (most likely against Brazil), one of England, Netherlands, Argentina, Senegal and USA are just a few of the teams who would await Germany.
|If Germany win Group E
|Round of 16
We’ve seen it before, but it might actually be better for Germany to finish runners-up in Group E. Although Belgium are likely to win Group F and therefore await in the round of 16, Germany would fancy their chances against a Red Devils side that is arguably on the comedown after failing to win anything at their peak. Should Germany get past them, the Group H winners or Group G runners-up would likely see Germany avoid Brazil and take on a much more manageable opponent such as Portugal, Ghana or Uruguay. However, the semi-finals do bring the difficult sides as France, England, Netherlands and Argentina are among the potential opponents.
|If Germany come runners up in Group E
|Round of 16
Confirmed Germany World Cup 2022 squad
|Marc-Andre ter Stegen
Germany players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Germany top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Serge Gnabry
Ever since Miroslav Klose’s retirement, Germany haven’t had an orthodox striker in their squad, or not one that they have relied upon. Serge Gnabry is the current favourite to be Germany’s top scorer at the World Cup, and is the most reliable False No.9. The Bayern Munich man has only played 34 times for Germany, which may come as a surprise to some considering he is now 27, but in those matches he has found the net an impressive 20 times. Under Flick in particular Gnabry has scored four goals in 10 matches, all of which came in qualifying for the World Cup.
Germany player to watch – Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz is another forward option having played as Chelsea’s most advanced man before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s signing. The 23-year-old has an okay record for Germany, though it could be better, netting 10 goals in 30 matches. He’ll definitely need to step things up, and this will be a big tournament for him.
Germany emerging player to look out for – Jamal Musiala
The man of the moment and deservedly so, Jamal Musiala is the future of German football. But it could have been so different. Musiala moved to England when he was seven and came through the academies of both Southampton and Chelsea, being capped at youth level of England up until the U21s. However, he decided to make the switch to Germany for senior football and has played 17 times since, including against England at Euro 2020 and in the Uefa Nations League.
And it’s not just Germany whom Musiala is impressing with his fleet-footed exploits. Bayern Munich have also enjoyed the captivating wonder of Musiala’s instinctive talents, and one of his team-mates, Matthijs de Ligt, has recently explained the attributes that makes the teenager such an elite player.
De Ligt told ESPN: “He is a really silky player, really smooth. His dribbling is quite strange because sometimes you think he loses the ball and then, with his leg, he just gets it back. He’s an amazing talent and he’s doing really well right now. I think the most important thing is that he keeps working hard, that he stays humble, but I’m sure that a guy like Jamal will do that.”
Germany tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Germany appear to have settled on the 4-2-3-1 as their favoured formation in recent times, with Timo Werner leading the line and Thomas Muller the Raumdeuter extraordinaire just behind him. However, Werner has sadly been ruled out of the tournament through injury, so Gnabry could be the one to replace him. In this system, whoever is at the spearhead of the attack is actually in a more fluid line alongside the wingers who can float around and cause problems from all angles.
They can do this safely knowing they are protected with someone like Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan or Leon Goretzka behind them, to help keep Germany defensively sound. Germany’s defence is something to admire too. Manuel Neuer is back to his best while Antonio Rudiger is at the top of his game and Niklas Sule does provide a sturdy partner for the Real Madrid man. Full-back is perhaps where Germany are weakest, but they do still have good options such as David Raum.
Where are Germany in the Fifa world rankings?
Germany are currently 11th in the world rankings and have been outside the top 10 since August 2018 after their disastrous showing at the 2018 World Cup.
Who is the Germany manager?
Hansi Flick is the Germany manager, replacing Joachim Low after Euro 2020, a decision made before the tournament. He has lost just one game as Germany boss so far, winning nine and drawing a further five of his 15 matches.
Who is the current Germany captain?
Manuel Neuer is the current Germany captain and has been since 2016 following the retirement of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
How many times have Germany won the World Cup?
Germany have won the World Cup four times, most recently in 2014 when they beat Argentina 1-0 after extra-time in the final. Three of those four wins did come as West Germany, however.
How many times have Germany competed in the World Cup?
This will be Germany’s 20th appearance at the World Cup, with only Brazil appearing in more. Germany have missed just two World Cups, the inaugural tournament which they did not enter and 1950 when they were banned after World War II.
Who has scored Germany most goals in World Cup tournaments?
At the 2014 World Cup, Miroslav Klose broke the record for most goals scored at a World Cup with his 16th strike – overtaking Brazilian legend Ronaldo. Naturally, Klose has also scored more goals in World Cup tournaments than any other Germany player, two more than Gerd Muller.
Which player from Germany has the most World Cup appearances?
Like Klose, Lothar Matthaus holds both Germany’s record for most World Cup appearances and the all-time record. The midfielder played 25 matches across five different tournaments, one more than Klose.