2014 World Cup team guide: Germany

Mesut Ozil is a key man for Germany.

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Germany

Group G fixtures:

Germany v Portugal
June 16 Salvador, 1700

Germany v Ghana
June 21 Fortaleza, 2000

USA v Germany
June 26 Recife, 1700

FIFA World Ranking: 2

Head coach: Joachim Low

How they qualified: Germany's qualifying campaign was as convincing as you could get – ruthless, you might even say. They went unbeaten in Group C, with nine wins from ten games. They also banged in 36 goals - more than any other team in the European qualifying section. No one sends out a message of intent quite like Germany.

World Cup pedigree: Formidable, fearsome, though not exactly flawless in recent years. Still, only Brazil and Italy have won more than Germany's three World Cups (1954, 1974, 1990). No other team has played more matches at the finals (99). They've also scored more goals (222) in World Cup finals than any other team.

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