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World Cup 2018: Germany team profile

Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Timo Werner model the new Germany World Cup 2018 away shirt (credit: adidasUK)
Image: Mesut Ozil, Toni Kroos and Timo Werner model the new Germany World Cup 2018 shirts (credit: adidasUK)

From fixtures and fun facts to the key men, all you need to know about Germany ahead of this summer's World Cup.

Manager: Joachim Low

Star man: Toni Kroos - The Real Madrid midfielder has long been an integral player for Germany, and was instrumental in their 2014 World Cup-winning campaign.

How they qualified: Group C winners in European qualifying, winning all 10 games and scoring 43 goals to boot.

History: Four-time winners of the World Cup, winning three times as West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990 before being crowned champions as a unified Germany in 2014. Finished runners-up on four occasions, having featured at the finals 18 times.

Fun fact: No nation has played more World Cup matches than Germany - 106 in total. As a result, they have scored the most (124) and conceded the most (121) goals in the tournament.

Best World Cup moment: Germany may have ended their 24-year wait for World Cup glory in 2014 thanks to an extra-time winner from Mario Gotze against Argentina, but it was their 7-1 semi-final win over hosts Brazil which will live long in the memory. It was a total humiliation for Brazil, and the tears were flowing from home fans after just 30 minutes as Germany stormed to a stunning 5-0 lead.

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Player you've never heard of: Julian Brandt - The Bayer Leverkusen winger has featured prominently for Germany since making his debut in 2016.

Kit: Home - white and black; Away - green.

Group F fixtures: Mexico (4pm, June 17, Moscow), Sweden (7pm, June 23, Sochi), South Korea (3pm, June 27, Kazan)

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