The 2022 FIFA World Cup gets underway in Qatar fifteen days from today.
From November 20 to December 18 2022, 32 countries will battle for football’s biggest prize.
Our 2022 FIFA World Cup Countdown continues with record of Germany’s history at the tournament plus permutations ahead of this year’s finals.
GERMANY AT THE FIFA WORLD CUP: APPEARANCES
Germany has participated in Nineteen FIFA World Cup tournaments.
In 1934 and 1938, they participated at the World Cup as Germany.
From 1954 to 1990, they were entered as West Germany before reverting to Germany from 1994 to date.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be Germany’s 20th appearance at the world’s grandest footballing event, to hold the second most frequent record.
NUMBER OF TITLES
One of the most successful teams in FIFA World Cup history, Germany have been crowned World Champions on Four (4) occasions ( 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014).
A 8-3 loss to Hungary on June 20, 1954 in Basel, Switzerland.
Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia. The European Giants ruthlessly dispatched their sorry Saudi Arabian opponents on June 1, 2002 in Sapporo Japan.
Group stage exits in 1938 and 2018 are Germany’s worsts World Cup finishes.
PLAYER WITH MOST APPEARANCES
Lothaus Matheus holds the record for appearance at Most editions (5) and matches (25).
Matheus represented Germany at the 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998 World Cups.
None of the current crop of players is on Germany’s top 10 list for most FIFA World Cup appearances.
WORLD CUP TOP GOAL SCORER
Legendary forward Miroslav Klose leads the Germany’s world cup goal chart .
Klose scored 16 goals to lead a list that includes the likes of Gerd Muller (14) , Jurgen Klinnsman (11) and many others.
Bayern Munich forward is fourth on the list with 10 goals and should be on the plane to Qatar for the 2022 edition.
A 2018 TOURNAMENT TO FORGET
Germany suffered a shock Group stage exit at the last World Cup in Russia.
The European giants arrived for the 2018 FIFA World Cup as Champions and we’re tipped as one of the favourites for the crown.
Joachim Lows men lost 0-1 to Germany in the opening group game, secured a 2-1 victory over Sweden that would be undone by a 0-2 loss to South Korea in the final group game.
Following the end of Joachim Low’s reign as manager of the German national team, former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick was announced as manager in 2021.
2022 FIFA WORLD CUP PERMUTATIONS
Germany will enter the 2022 World Cup seeking to make amends for underwhelming performances at the 2018 World Cup and 2020 European Championships.
Manager Hansi Flick will hope to master mind a deep run at his first major tournament in charge of the national team.
On how far they can go in Qatar, Legendary German Midfielder Bastian Schwienstiger is not convinced the current crop of players can go all the way to emerge Champions in Qatar.
His doubts notwithstanding, Germany will always have a mention as one of the favourites for every World Cup Finals. Qatar 2022 will not be an exception.
If fit, Bayern Munich goalkepeer Manuel Neuer will lead the German squad to Qatar.
In Neuer’s position, Barcelona shot-stopper Andre Ter Stegen is a formidable option as well as Bernd Leno, Kevin Trap and Olivier Bachmann .
In defence, Real Madrid defender Antonio Rudigier would headline invited players for his position.
The likes of Matt Hummels, David Raum, Mathias Hinter, Mathias Sule, Jonathan Tah, Thirlo Kerher and a host of others are options available for Hansi Flick’s selection.
Germany is blessed with a lot of options in Midfield but Joshua Kimmich, IIkay Gundogan, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt and Jamal Masiala are some keys names expected on Germany’s flight to Qatar.
In attack, Liepzig forward Timo Werner is ruled out of the tournament with injury while Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane has a muscular problem that could cut his Qatar 2022 World Cup hopes.
Hansi Flick will rely on the likes of Marco Reus, Kai Havertz, and Serge Gnabry to fire his side past the challenge from Japan, Spain and Costa Rica in Group E at the World Cup.
2022 WORLD CUP SCHEDULE
Germany will kick-off their journey vs Japan on November 23, 2022. Hansi Flick’s men will face Spain in the second game on November 27 before facing Costa Rica in the last group game on December 1.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup will take place in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022 .