With three months to go ahead of the 21st edition of the World Cup in Russia this summer, the Germany national team will face Brazil on Tuesday in Berlin at 20:45 CEST. It’s Die Mannschaft’s 23rd clash with the five time World Cup winners. DFB.de looks at the facts ahead of the battle in Berlin.
5 from 22: Brazil have won 12 of their 22 games against Germany to date. Five of their duels have ended all square and Germany have come out on top five times. However, Brazil have only lost to fellow South American sides more than they have to Germany, Though Die Mannschaft only mustered up two wins (five draws, ten losses) in seventeen head-to-head clashes between December 1968 and June 2005, Germany have won their last two meetings by a combined score of 10 goals to 3.
Success on home turf: Four of Germany’s wins against Brazil have come on home soil. The sole exception was Germany’s 7-1 win in 2014 in Brazil. Additionally, Germany have won eight of their last home games, conceding four goals in that period.
Looking back at Belo Horizonte: On July 8th 2014, Germany met World Cup hosts Brazil in the World Cup semi-final. In Belo Horizonte, history was written. Brazil’s 7-1 defeat to the hands of Germany was their biggest defeat in Brazilian international football history – alongside their 6-0 loss to Uruguay in the South American Championship of 1920.Germany’s five goals within the opening 29 minutes was a World Cup record. Previously, the record was held by Yugoslavia who scored five goals in 30 minutes against Zaire where they eventually ran out 9-0 winners. The win was Germany’s second largest win in World Cup history behind the 8-0 group stage win over Saudi Arabia in 2002.
World Cup record top goalscorer: Miroslav Klose scored the second goal in the 2014 semi-final which went he overtook Ronaldo to become the record goalscorer at the World Cup. Klose’s goal was his 16th at a World Cup at his fourth and final World Cup.
Nine World Cups: In Berlin, it will be a duel between the record World Cup holders Brazil with five and second placed Germany who have won the tournament on four occasions (tied with Italy.
Record in sight: After seven wins on the bounce, Die Mannschaft have drawn their last three games. Germany are undefeated in their 22 internationals since the EURO 2016 semi-final defeat, winning 16 of those games. Die Mannschaft have only been on a longer unbeaten streak between June 1996 and February 1998 as Berti Vogts’ side accumulated 16 wins and six draws before being beaten.
Goals all over the pitch: Germany’s last seven goals have come from seven different scorers. Before Thomas Müller’s equaliser against Spain last Friday, Sandro Wagner, Antonio Rüdiger, Leon Goretzka, Emre Can, Timo Werner and Lars Stindl scored Germany’s most recent goals.
Boateng in Berlin: Jerome Boateng could make his 70th appearance in a Germany shirt against Brazil to put him level with Oliver Bierhoff.
Success last time out: The visitor’s last game was a successful one for the Selecao as they won 3-0 against Russia in Moscow. Prior to that win last Friday, they’d gone 196 minutes without a goal.
With 142 appearances, Cafu is Brazil’s most capped international.
Brazil’s captain: Thiago Silva wears the armband for Brazil who will be without Silva’s teammate Neymar on Tuesday evening.
Record in Berlin needs improvement: In the Olympiastadion, Germany have only won two of their last eight internationals (drawing four, losing twice). The most recent international fixture in Berlin was the 3-2 loss to England in March 2016. Germany have lost more games in Berlin than anywhere else.