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Germany face Portugal, Ghana and USA

  • Brothers Boateng: Jerome (l.) of FC Bayern München and FC Schalke 04's Kevin-Prince (r.) will go head to head when Germany take on Ghana in Group G
  • Germany will play Portugal, Ghana and the USA in Group G at the 2014 World Cup
  • The tournament will open on 12 June when Brazil face Croatia in Sao Paulo

Munich - Germany have discovered their fate after the groups were drawn for next summer's FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Joachim Löw's side will take on Portugal, Ghana and the USA in Group G of the finals. The draw represents a considerable challenge for the three-time world champions, who take on FIFA Ballon d'Or candidate Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, as well as a Ghana side they beat at the last edition in South Africa 1-0 in the group stage. The USA, coached by former Germany striker Jürgen Klinsmann, complete an intriguing section.

Inter-Bayern battle


There are various other Bundesliga duels to look forward to at the tournament, with FC Bayern München defender Dante: of host nation Brazil taking on club colleague and Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic in Group A.

There's also a repeat of the 2010 final in store as Spain face the Netherlands in Group B, Oranje winger Arjen Robben the chance to avenge defeat in the South African showpiece against Bayern team-mate Javi Martinez's Spain, the reigning champions.

Numerous Bundesliga representatives have already given their views on the draw…

Hannover 96 defender Steven Cherundolo (USA): "It's a tough group with plenty of familiar faces. We're going to have to put in three top performances to get through. I'd love to be a part of it."

FC Schalke 04 forward Kevin-Prince Boateng (Ghana): "Isn't life beautiful - what a dream draw! Dreams can come true. I'm looking forward to the match and a duel with my brother at the World Cup. It'll be great to play against my club colleague Jermaine Jones as well."

FC Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Höwedes (Germany): "It's an interesting and evenly-matched group. I think all four teams have a chance of going through. The clash with Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng is doing to be particularly special."

Borussia Dortmund left back Marcel Schmelzer (Germany): "It’s an interesting group if you look at the teams we’ll be playing. Every team is beatable, and it’s not the hardest group there."

Germany coach Joachim Löw: "I accept it as it is. Now we know who and where we’ll be playing and we can start planning for the World Cup. We’ll need to get used to the temperature and the humidity. We played Ghana in 2010 and Portugal in 2012. So we’re playing against teams we know well. And obviously to have USA and [former Germany coach] Jürgen Klinsmann in the group is also something very special."


Group A

Group B

Group C

Group D

Group E

Group F

Group G

Group H
Brazil
Spain
Colombia
Uruguay
Switzerland
Argentina

Germany
Belgium
Croatia
Netherlands
Greece
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Portugal
Algeria
Mexico
Chile
Ivory Coast
England
France
Iran
Ghana
Russia
Cameroon
Australia
Japan
Italy
Honduras
Nigeria
USA
South Korea

You can relive the drama of the draw as it was made below.

18.45 Germany's clash with Ghana is a repeat of a group game in 2010 and it pits Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng against his brother Jerome Boateng of FC Bayern München. Evidently, Kevin can't wait for the game:





18.40 More reaction coming in from fans ll over the globe Here's one supporter from Indonesia's view:




18.26 How do we rate Germany's chances of success then? Here's what one fan thinks:




18.22 The reaction is now rolling in. Here's what Schalke's Kevin-Prince Boateng made of it all. His Ghana side will, of course, face Germany in Group G:




18.16 And that concludes the draw.

18.11 The first name from Pot 4 is drawn and it's Croatia, who will contest the tournament opener with Brazil. Then follow the Netherlands into Group B, Greece into Group C, England into Group D, France into Group E, Bosnia-Hercegovina into Group F, Portugal into Group G with Germany and finally Russia into Group H.

18.06 The draw continues with the teams in Pot 3. Mexico are drawn in Group A, Australia's name comes up and they go into B, Japan into Group C, Costa Rica into Group D, Honduras into Group E, Iran in Group F, USA into Group G with Germany and Ghana, and finally South Korea into Group H.

18.01 The draw continues and Italy are drawn as the next team; the Azzuri go into Group D with Uruguay. Then come Chile, who join Spain Group B, Cameroon into Group A with the hosts Brazil, Ecuador into Group E with Switzerland, Ivory Coast into Group C with Colombia, Ghana into Group G with Germany - a repeat in the 2010 edition of the tournament - and finally Algeria in Group H with Belgium.

17.56 The first ball is drawn and it's.... Brazil! As the host nation, they're automatically into Group A. Then follow Spain in Group B, Colombia in Group C, Uruuguay in Group D, Switzerland in Group E, Argentinain Group F, Germany into Group G and finally Belgium in Group H.

17.50 After another look at the host cities, things begin to pick up pace as the men selected to draw out the balls are welcomed onto the stage. Mario Kempes, winner of the competition with Argentina in 1978, 2006 winning captain Fabio Cannavaro, French legend Zinedine Zidane, the Bundesliga's very own Lothar Matthäus, scorer of a hat-trick in 1966 when England beat West Germany Georff Hurst and Brazil legend Cafu take their places. Former Spain captain Fernando Hierro is also present, as is Alcides Ghiggia, scorer of the winning goal in the final in 1950.

17.42 As one former Brazilian striker leaves the stage, another arrives and you can't get much better than this one: Pele. Considered by many to be the best player to have ever played, the Santos FC legend is very confident indeed. "When Brazil lost to Uruguay in 1950, my father had tears in his eyes. But this time I'm convinced that this Brazil team will reach the final, and win!"

17.49 One Bundesliga player - Fabian Johnson of 1899 Hoffenheim - is just in time to see how his USA team will fare:




17.32 Next on stage is the World Cup record goalscorer with 15 goals and one of the greatest footballer's in the game's history, Ronaldo. The top marksman at the 2002 edition of the tournament in Japan and South Korea says, "I'm convinced that with the work of thousands of people we will deliver the best World Cup ever."

17.30 While the audience are treated to a highlights reel of how each of the 32 teams present made it to the World Cup, one Germany fan in Bangladesh has tweeted in to tell us who he'd like Löw's men to face:




17.15: Attention then turns to football, giving Mr. Blatter the opportunity to express his joy that the FIFA World Cup returns to Brazil for the first time since 1950. "I hope it's a fantastic tournament, with joy and fun for the people of Brazil and everyone involved."

17.12: After a celebratory samba song to open the ceremony, a sombre tone is struck by Sepp Blatter, the President of FIFA, who calls for a minute's silence, followed by applause, in remembrance of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died last night at the age of 95.

17.00: ceremony begins - The seeded teams in the draw are in Pot 1:

Brazil
Germany
Spain
Argentina
Colombia
Belgium
Uruguay
Switzerland

The following teams to be draw are:

Pot 2: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chile, Ecuador

Pot 3: Japan, Iran, South Korea, Australia, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras

Pot 3: Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands Portugal, Russia, France

16.45: ceremony begins in 15 mins - Germany qualified with ease from their group, and after coming close to glory in the last three major tournaments, there is an element of expectation on Joachim Löw's men this time round. Many consider them one of the few European teams capable of winning in Brazil, and Löw declared that his team fear nobody. "We'll take it as it comes," said Löw of Friday's draw. "We don't have any preferred opponents. Whenever Germany go into a tournament, we always want to succeed."


16.30: ceremony begins in 30 mins - Check out this gallery of some of the Bundesliga stars who booked their ticket for the World Cup.

16.15: ceremony begins in 45 mins - For the World Cup, as for every new tournament, a new ball has been unveiled. It is known as 'Brazuca', and Javier Martinez introduced it to something it is unlikely to see much of in South America next summer - snow!