FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014
Germany have been drawn in a six-team group for the qualification stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and have been pitted against some very familiar opponents. Having encountered them both in qualifying for the 2012 European Championship finals the Mannschaft will be pitted against neighbours Austria and Kazakhstan, while the rest of the group will comprise of Sweden, the Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands.
While Germany have met the Swedes in recent competition (2006 World Cup, Euro 1992) the last time the two sides met in pre-tournament competition was in qualifying for the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Both the Faroes and the Republic of Ireland have been more recent opponents, being drawn against the Mannschaft in the qualifying campaigns for Euro 2004 and Euro 2008 respectively.
The qualifying round – Germany have been drawn in Group C – get under way at the start of the 2012-13 season after Euro 2012, with the Mannschaft’s first game at home against the Faroe Islands. The list of upcoming fixtures can be found here.