- Group A
- Group B
- Group C
- Group D
- Group E
- Group F
- Group G
- Group H
Analysis of Group Stage
Familiar faces reunited
Germany are not only the favourites to top Group G at Brazil 2014, the three-time world champions are also one of the heavyweight contenders to take the title. At the last four major tournaments - the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups™ and the 2008 and 2012 UEFA EUROS - Germany have always made it at least as far as the semi-finals.
Nevertheless, none of the three opponents should be underestimated. At EURO 2012, Portugal showed they are more than capable of competing with Germany on a good day, even if they narrowly lost that meeting 1-0. The Ghanaians, who will face Portugal for the first time ever in Brazil, will be eager for revenge against Germany after a 1-0 defeat in 2010. The Africans still made it into the knockout rounds, however, advancing at Australia’s expense on goal difference alone. Meanwhile, under the guidance of coach Jurgen Klinsmann, USA have their sights set on emulating their achievements in 2010 in progressing to the Round of 16.
Players to watch
Cristiano Ronaldo (POR), Mesut Ozil (GER), Landon Donovan (USA), Kevin-Prince Boateng (GHA).
The crunch match
USA-Germany, 26 June 2014 (18:00)
It is not so much the teams’ respective positions in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Ranking that make this fixture so intriguing, but rather the men in the respective dugouts. USA coach Klinsmann was at the helm of the Germany side between 2004 and 2006 and played a significant role in the country’s 'fairytale' World Cup in 2006. After Klinsmann stepped down, his former assistant Joachim Low took charge and has since taken Germany’s game to another level.
Last World Cup: Third place Nickname: Die Mannschaft Coach: Joachim Low Star man: Bastian Schweinsteiger Tournament best: Winners 1954, 1974, 1990 (all as W...More »
Last World Cup: Round of 16 Nickname: A Seleção das Quinas Coach: Paulo Bento Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo Tournament best: Third 1966 In Ronaldo Portugal...More »
Last World Cup: Quarter-finals Nickname: The Black Stars Coach: James Kwesi Appiah Star man: Asamoah Gyan Tournament best: Quarter-finals 2010 Ghana have...More »
Last World Cup: Round of 16 Nickname: Stars & Stripes/Yanks Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann Star man: Clint Dempsey Tournament best: Third 1930 Klinsmann str...More »