FIFA World Cup Germany | Schedule, preview, squad news, and where to watch 2022
FIFA World Cup Germany
FIFA World Cup Germany failed to qualify from their group in Russia 2018, marking the first time since 1938 that they had failed to go beyond the first round of the competition. After a terrible World Cup as defending champion four years ago, Germany is returning to a major tournament with a new coach for the first time since 2008. Few know what to anticipate from the four-time winners, and Hansi Flick’s record since succeeding Joachim Löw as coach in 2021 provides little hope at the FIFA World Cup Germany.
Germany has won just one of its past seven games, a 5-2 triumph over a depleted Italy, while a defeat to Hungary at home and a lucky 3-3 draw in England underlined many of the team’s weaknesses. The Germans enjoyed plenty of possession against Hungary but failed to produce decent opportunities against a tenacious defense at the FIFA World Cup Germany. And, against England, the squad crumbled after establishing a two-goal lead, with Kai Havertz saving the draw with an 87th-minute equalizer.
Germany will compete in World Cup Group E against Spain, Japan, and Costa Rica. The fact that the Germans have surrendered in each of their past seven games under Flick should give all three players hope. Germany will face Oman in a warm-up match on November 16, although the encounter in Muscat will mostly serve to adapt the players to the Arabian Peninsula in preparation for the tournament in Qatar.
REBOOT OF FLICK
Flick had a trophy-laden spell at Bayern Munich and was expected to usher in a new era for FIFA World Cup Germany after the sad conclusion to Löw’s tenure at the European Championship last year. Löw’s 16-year reign came to an end with a 2-0 defeat to England in the second round of the pandemic-affected Euro 2020 competition.
Some thought it should have finished sooner. Löw’s high point was guiding FIFA World Cup Germany to the World Cup championship in Brazil in 2014, but his low point came four years later when the defending champions were ousted in the group stage after losing to South Korea in Russia.
Although Flick began with eight victories, including two in World Cup qualification, they came against Armenia, Lichtenstein, North Macedonia, and Iceland, all of whom Germany was anticipated to overcome.
So yet, there is little evidence that Flick has improved the squad he inherited. Löw had already abandoned his intended team shakeup after the last World Cup. For Euro 2020, he called up Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels.
Müller is an important player for Flick, but Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has retired, forcing Bayern pair Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka to take the initiative, with lkay Gündoan another possibility.
GOALS ARE REQUIRED
FIFA World Cup Germany’s attack remains an issue, and Timo Werner’s disastrous experience at Chelsea looks to have lingered even after his move to Leipzig. Leipzig coach Marco Rose advised the 26-year-old Werner to “shoot more.” Flick will need to find similar ways to persuade a striker who has gone too long without scoring for Germany.
There is such a scarcity of out-and-out attackers in Germany that there have been suggestions to include Werder Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug in the team for Qatar. Füllkrug, 29, was co-top scorer in the Bundesliga with eight goals in 11 games after scoring 19 in the second level previous season of FIFA World Cup Germany. Füllkrug also gets along well with his Bremen teammates, indicating that he may adjust easily to the national squad.
The success of 19-year-old Bayern attacker Jamal Musiala, who has swiftly emerged as one of Europe’s most promising talents, has been a boost for FIFA World Cup Germany in recent games. Musiala, who might have played for England, adds an element of surprise to Germany’s style.
When will Germany compete in the World Cup?
- Germany vs. Japan – November 23 – 6:30 p.m. – Khalifa International Stadium
- December 2 – Costa Rica vs. Germany – 12:30 AM – Al Bayt Stadium November 28 – Spain vs. Germany – 12:30 AM – Al Bayt Stadium
Where can I watch Germany’s FIFA World Cup 2022 matches?
In India, the FIFA World Cup will be broadcast live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD.
Where can I watch Germany’s FIFA World Cup 2022 matches live?
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be broadcast live on VOOT Select and JioTV.
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