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Germany faces Australia, Ghana and Serbia

AFP/The Local · 4 Dec 2009, 20:44

Published: 04 Dec 2009 20:44 GMT+01:00

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Germany will open their 2010 campaign in Group D against Australia in Durban on June 13, then play Serbia in Port Elizabeth on June 19 before the pool stage final game against Ghana at Johannesburg's Soccer City on June 23.

But Bierhoff was happy to have avoided danger sides France and Portugal who qualified through the play-offs and could potentially have landed in the same group as the Germans.

"We are glad we did not draw France or Portugal, but Australia, Serbia and Ghana will also not be easy," admitted former Germany striker Bierhoff.

Germany have never been beaten by any of their three World Cup opponents in previous meetings, but will be most concerned about Australia who reached the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. It took a penalty deep into injury-time for Italy to overcome the Socceroos in Germany and continue their run to the crown.

Germany were also given a scare when they beat Australia 4-3 in the Confederations Cup in 2005 on their last meeting when a late Lukas Podolski goal proved to be the winner.

And Germany also won the 1974 World Cup group stage clash against Australia 3-0 in Hamburg on their way to winning the world crown.

African side Ghana were beaten 6-1 by the Germans in a friendly in 1993 and Germany had to come from behind to be seal a 2-1 victory against Serbia in a pre-Euro 2008 friendly.

"We are quite happy with this draw, it's an interesting group," said coach Joachim Löw. "We already started a tournament against Australia when we played at the 2005 Confederations Cup and we had some difficulties against them."

He also said he did not underestimate Serbia's technical prowess, which allowed them to dominated their qualification group.

"As for Ghana, for me they are one of the best teams out of Africa along with the Ivory Coast and Algeria," Löw said. "Now we can focus on getting our preparations right ahead of the first game on June 13."

The draw means Germany could potentially meet Group C favourites England in the first knock-out phase and Löw was enthusiastic about the prospect of facing their archrivals.

"England in the knock-out phase would be a great game for us, without question," said Löw.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

22:20 December 4, 2009 by acb
South Africa needs to flatten France on behalf of Ireland. Foh Shoh.
22:56 December 4, 2009 by duckys
Germany will get through but... they will CHOKE like they do everytime... I remember the Italy and Germany game... How the silence............................. WAS GREAT!!!!

However... England will have a shock when they play USA... Anyone see how they played in Conferedations Cup... USA's time to show... that they are ready... is now.... so we will see :)

France or Brazil will not be going further... to be honest rather... see Brazil choke again... But it would be great to see the French Choke as well...

All and All............... It will be fun watching the games next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
15:28 December 5, 2009 by Al uk
Usa to beat England, lmao!
08:40 December 7, 2009 by LouisG
I have accomodation to let for the world cup (5 bed house Durban) where can I advertise it! ezulwini@vodamail.co.za. Thank you
15:41 December 9, 2009 by astonysh
England will go into the the competition as overrated as ever, will maybe reach the quarter finals (as far as they normally ever get) provided they don't manage to finish second in their group (behind Slovenia - an underrated team if there ever was one, ask the Russians), and find themselves playing Germany in the last 16, and losing (on penalties - as ever - if not in normal time).

Germany will be good enough to get to the semi-finals. If Oezil turns out to be the world class creative midfield player some hope he will be, then who knows?

I still think Spain are the team to be though.
17:01 December 10, 2009 by lordkorner
":56 December 4, 2009 by duckys

Germany will get through but... they will CHOKE like they do everytime... I remember the Italy and Germany game... How the silence............................. WAS GREAT!!!!""".

I seem to remember

Switzerland 1954 Champions 1 6 5 0 1 25 14 Squad

Sweden 1958 Fourth place 4 6 2 2 2 12 14 Squad

Chile 1962 Quarter-finals 7 4 2 1 1 4 2 Squad

England 1966 Runners-up 2 6 4 1 1 15 6 Squad

Mexico 1970 Third place 3 6 5 0 1 17 10 Squad

West Germany 1974 Champions 1 7 6 0 1 13 4 Squad

Argentina 1978 Second Round 6 6 1 4 1 10 5 Squad

Spain 1982 Runners-up 2 7 3 2 2 12 10 Squad

Mexico 1986 Runners-up 2 7 3 2 2 8 7 Squad

Italy 1990 Champions 1 7 5 2 0 15 5 Squad

United States 1994 Quarter-finals 5 5 3 1 1 9 7 Squad

France 1998 Quarter-finals 7 5 3 1 1 8 6 Squad

South KoreaJapan 2002 Runners-up 2 7 5 1 1 14 3 Squad

Germany 2006 Third place 3 7 5 1 1 14 6 Squad

South Africa 2010 Q
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