Irish hold Germans with late
Robbie Keane scored an equaliser deep into injury time to keep
Ireland's World Cup hopes still alive.
Keane finish - Images from the
Germany blank Saudi
Germany recorded their biggest ever World Cup win with
their eight-goal haul in the match against the Gulf nation.
goal-glut - Images from the match
Germany didn't inspire confidence in the qualifiers, having
sneaked into Cup finals though the back door.
Rudi Voller, perhaps Germany's best striker ever, coaches a side
which alternates between exciting and pedestrian in its play.
Germany has young, exciting prospects leading its charge. Ballack,
Deisler and Hamann hold the key to the march in Korea and
Japan. If the midfield cranks up and creates openings, Klose and
Neuville are capable of delivering the goods upfront. These
talents are complemented by the proven experience of Bierhoff and
the ever dependable, Kahn in the goal.
The draw has been charitable to Germany. Cameroon has always been
a dangerous customer in the World Cup. While Ireland can be dodgy,
Saudi Arabia should offer token resistance.
But given the bumpy fashion with which Germany qualified for the
Cup, the side will have to play to its potential to qualify and
advance at least till the quarters, a feat Germany has achieved in
their last four campaigns.
Winners in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
Jorg Butt, Oliver Kahn.
Jens Lehmann, Sebastian Kehl, Thomas Linke, Christoph Metzelder, Marko Rehmer, Christian Worns, Christian Ziege.
Michael Ballack, Sebastian Deisler, Torsten Frings, Dietmar Hamann, Jens Jeremies, Carsten Ramelow, Bernd Schneider.
Gerald Asamoah, Oliver Bierhoff, Marco Bode, Carsten Jancker, Miroslav Klose, Oliver Neuville.
W 2-0 Greece (h)
W 1-0 England (a)
W 2-1 Albania (h)
W 4-2 Greece (a)
D 2-2 Finland (a)
W 2-0 Albania (a)
L 1-5 England (h)
D 0-0 Finland (h)
D 1-1 Ukraine (a)
W 4-1 Ukraine (h)
June 21, 2002
Ballack heads Germany into semis
Brazil and Germany restore order
June 20, 2002
Mixed memories for Germany
June 19, 2002
Germany stage remarkable comeback
U.S. set to face hostile local crowd
Klose to dedicate next goal to Walter
June 18, 2002
Voeller loses cool over
June 15, 2002
Beautiful goal beat Paraguay: Maldini
Oliver Neuville repays Voeller's faith
Germany strike late to make last 8
June 14, 2002
Klose is no one-hit wonder, says coach Voeller
June 12, 2002
FIFA blue over red, yellow card show
June 7, 2002
Germany undeterred by Klose injury
June 5, 2002
Irish hold Germans with late goal
June 4, 2002
Record-breaking Germany ready for Ireland
June 1, 2002
Germany blank Saudi Arabia 8-0
May 31, 2002
Germany face Saudi challenge
May 26, 2002
Germany's coach Voeller thinking big
May 21, 2002
Ballack carries Germany's hopes
May 11, 2002
France to focus on minds, Germans on knee as World Cup nears
May 6, 2002
Deisler makes Germany's World Cup squad
April 18, 2002
Argentina beat Germany, Brazil, France draw
April 16, 2002
Germany face real test against old rivals Argentina
Febuary 8, 2002
Twin World Cup challenge for Germany
December 3, 2002
Germans relieved after World Cup draw
December 1, 2001
1 - France, Senegal to kick off 2002 World Cup