Preview: Historically, teams from the host continent and especially the host nation have fared well in the World Cup.   Germany has won 3 World Cups altogether, second only to Brazil's 5.  Should the two meet in the tournament could be the biggest rivalry yet.

Coach Juergen Klinsmann has made a few controversial moves, bringing in Jens Nowotny who's been recovering from knee injuries for the past 2 years.  Klinsmann's personal life has been under scrutiny as well, because he makes California, and not Germany, his fulltime home.  That said, Germany is a very talented squad, led by captain Michael Ballack, and strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski.  Unlike the previous World Cup, Germany's weakness will be it's defense, and that is the reason why Klinsmann brought back the veteran Nowotny.

Result: Coach Klinsmann vindicated himself of any criticism as the Germans won all but one of their matches and scored the most goals in 2006.