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   Deutscher Fussball-Bund      

Coach: Berti VOGTS.

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vs.YUGOSLAVIA

15.06.98 Paris

vs. IRAN

21.06.98 Lens

vs. UNITED STATES

25.06.98 Montpellier

Team Colors: White with Black

Confederation: UEFA

14th appearance in World Cup finals (1934, 38, 54,

58, 62, 66, 70, 74, 78, 82, 86, 90, 94 and 98)

Won the World Cup three times (1954,1974 and 1990)

Runner-up three times (1966,1982 and 1986), third in 1934 and 1970, fourth in 1958

Three times European Champions

Key players: F Oliver Bierhoff (Udinese, Italy),

M Andreas Moeller (Dortmund),

F Jurgen Klinsmann (Sampdoria, Italy),

M Lothar Matthaeus (Bayern Munich).

Germany: Always strong, always prepared...but will miss Sammer. Is Lothar enough? Is Lothar still Lothar?

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Jurgen Klinsmann

Keep an Eye on: Oliver Bierhoff: Revelation of Euro 96. Leading 1998 qualifiers scorer with 5.

Jürgen Kohler: Muscular, defender. Now 32, still an indomitable defender.

Lothar Matthaeus: A brilliant sweeper,a late and surprising call-up. He will be the sweeper, but is he enough to cover for Sammer's absence? Hasn't played with the national team since US '94.

Analysis: Germany is feared because of its methodical, tenacious play. It lacks personality, but that might be due in part to injuries to key players such as Sammer and Klinsmann. Struggled in qualifying. Must get leadership at midfield...Is Lothar still Lothar?Semifinals likely.

History: Making their 14th appearance in the World Cup finals - a European record - Germany has an impressive record. Only twice failing to reach the finals (1930 and 1950), Germany has won the trophy three times, been runner-up three times, finished third twice and fourth once. Having a massive pool to call on - there are 6,200,000 registered players in the country - and with top European clubs such as Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke 04, SV Hamburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach,Germany has always performed well on the international stage.

Their international success has also been helped by the refusal to sack managers at the slightest hint of failure. Germany has only had six different coaches since the turn of the century and the team´s style of play has changed little. After Fritz Walter, Uwe Seeler, "Kaiser" Franz Beckenbauer, Guenter Netzer, Gerd Mueller, Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier and Lothar Matthaeus, the team of today is carried by Matthias Sammer (1996 winner of the Golden Ball award), Andreas Koepke, Juergen Kohler, Olaf Thon, Thomas Helmer, Andreas Moeller, Thomas Haessler, Juergen Klinsmann and Oliver Bierhoff.

Coach Berti Vogts, who as a defender completely controlled Dutch star Johan Cruyff in the World Cup final in 1974, will once again count on a mixture of youth and experience in an attempt to win his first World Cup as manager and help erase the memory of the 1994 Cup in the United States where Germany lost in the quarter-finals to Bulgaria 2-1. Despite doubts over Sammer because of a knee injury - he has already undergone five operations - Vogts can count on the rising new stars such as Lars Ricken, Dietmar Hamann and Oliver Neuville.

Germany's remarkable World Cup record always suggests them as potential finalists, whatever the quarrels within the camp and whatever their pre-tournament form. Being drawn with the United States, Yugoslavia and Iran will not frighten them. 

They had been playing erratically until their most recent game, against South Africa in Dortmund, but they won that at a canter, 3-0, despite the absence of Sammer, Möller, Kohler and Klinsmann. The most encouraging feature of the win was the form of four newcomers - Linke, the left back, Hammann and Jeremies, two midfield players, and Marschall, the Kaiserslautern striker, top scorer in the Bundesliga.

Marschall may replace the out-of-form Klinsmann alongside Bierhoff, who continues to score goals in profusion. Hässler, now captain, remains a vital force on the right of midfield and, when it comes to an attacking left-sider, Germany have an embarrassment of riches. Ziege has now settled in at AC Milan, while Heinrich, of Borussia Dortmund, is in equally good form.

Kohler still looks an indomitable defender but there is no substitute at sweeper for Sammer, the red-haired Dortmund player who excelled in the Euro 96 tournament. Since then, he has been injured and there are even fears that he may be forced to retire before the World Cup finals. Lothar Matthaeus was called up to replace him since Thon is also nursing a knee injury. Since the call-up has happened, Klinsmann, the new captain, and Matthaeus have refrained to show any animosity between each other...interesting...

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POSITION NAME AGE CAPS

G Jens Lehmann 28

G Oliver Kahn 28  8

G Andreas Köpke 35 4

D Markus Babbel 25 26

D Thomas Helmer 32 6

D Juergen Kohler 32 9

D Stefan Reuter 31 6

D Olaf Thon 31 42

D Christian Woerns 25 1

M Dietmar Hamann 24

M Thomas Hässler 31 88

M Joerg Heinrich 27 1

M Sven Kmetsch 26 1

M Andreas Möller 30 7

M Lars Ricken 21 1

M Mehmet Scholl 27 1

M Thomas Strunz 29  4

M Michael Tarnat 28

M Dariusz Wosz 28 5

M Christian Ziege 25 3

F Oliver Bierhoff 29 1

F Fredi Bobic 25 1

F Ulf Kirsten 31  5

F Juergen Klinsmann 33 100

F Stefan Kuntz 34 2

F Olaf Marschall 31

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