2014 World Cup Champions Germany had a nightmare campaign in the previous World Cup in Russia. However, one of the most successful teams in the history of the World Cup, Germany are set to come back strongly in the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar.
The draw for the World Cup 2022 has been done in Qatar; all the groups, brackets, and fixtures are set. Here in this article, we will predict Germany’s potential opponents in the Qatar World Cup, and try to figure out their Round of 16, Quarter-Finals, and Semi-Finals opponents, should they advance.
What to expect from Germany in the World Cup 2022?
The Germans are one of the most successful teams in the history of the World Cup. They have won this most prestigious tournament 4 times including the 2014 campaign in Brazil. Only Brazil has more World Cups than the German guns.
However, Germany had a nightmarish World Cup in the previous season in Russia. They couldn’t pass the group stage, losing against Mexico and Korea Republic and finishing at the bottom of the group.
Moreover, the Euro 2020 (held in 2021) didn’t go as planned for Germany. Their Euro journey ended in the Round of 16 following a 2-0 goals defeat against England.
Nonetheless, Germany are one of the most fearsome teams in the World Cup that any opponents would love to avoid. They have qualified for the World Cup 2022 from the UEFA region directly from Group J, winning 9 matches out of 10.
Currently the 12th best team in the World according to FIFA rankings, Germany are expected to come back strongly in Qatar in November. With youngsters like Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz in the team along with Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich, Germany are one of the favorites to win the tournament.
Hansi Flick’s men will have a tough road ahead in the World Cup 2022 and they will surely feature some mouth-watering clashes.
Germany’s Group and Match Schedule in World Cup 2022
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar, in November this year. The groups, brackets, and fixtures for this huge event are already set. Germany is in Group E along with Spain, Japan, and the 4th team among Costa Rica and New Zealand (will be confirmed in June).
World Cup Group of Germany
|Group E||Group F|
|Costa Rica or New Zealand||Canada|
Top two teams will qualify for the Round of 16 from each group – group winners and runners-up. Every team will play 3 matches in the Group Stage. A win brings 3 points, a draw 1, and no points for a defeat.
The Group E winners will play the runners-up of Group F in the Round of 16, and the Group E runners-up will play the Group F winners. Hence, E1 vs F2, and E2 vs F1 in the Round of 16. Check out all the groups of the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Match Schedule, Kickoff Time, Venue
Germany will go underway in the World Cup 2022 against Japan. Hansi Flick’s men should get a comfortable win in their first match to get a boost ahead of the clash against Spain.
They will face Spain in their second match, which should be the most exciting battle of the Group Stage as well as the group winners decider. Germany will finish the group stage by facing Costa Rica or New Zealand.
Let’s check out Germany’s match schedule, kickoff time, and venue for the Qatar World Cup 2022.
All the times are in GMT, so you can convert it easily into your local time.
|Germany vs. Japan||Wednesday, 23 November 2022||1:00 pm GMT||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Germany vs. Spain||Sunday, 27 November 2022||7:00 pm GMT||Al Bayt|
|Germany vs. Costa Rica or New Zealand||Thursday, 1 December 2022||7:00 pm GMT||Al Bayt|
Who will be the Round of 16 Opponents for Germany in the World Cup 2022?
We have analysed the groups, paths, and brackets along with the teams’ strengths and forms to predict the possible opponent for Germany in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar.
We all like to think positively about our favourite teams. Maybe you are thinking about the potential opponents of Germany in the Qatar World Cup 2022. You are at the right place. Let’s discuss Germany’s World Cup chances.
Germany’s World Cup brackets involve the groups E, F, G, and H till the quarter-finals. So, they cannot face any team from groups A, B, C, and D before the semi-finals.
Germany is in Group E. The Group E winners will play the runners-up of Group F in the Round of 16, and the Group E runners-up will play the Group F winners. Hence, E1 vs F2, and E2 vs F1 in the Round of 16.
Group E features the most exciting battle of the group stage in the World Cup this year, Spain vs. Germany. The two top guns of the UEFA region will go head-to-head in their second match of the tournament. This battle should be the decider of the group winners. Our experts predict that this battle should be a close one with each team sharing a point. We pick Germany as the winner of Group E (E1). Spain should claim the second spot in Group E (E2).
Now, the Group E winners and runners-up will face the runners-up and winners of Group F, respectively. So, Germany’s Round of 16 opponent can be any team from Group F.
- E1 F2
- E2 F1
Group F consists of Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia. This group would be one of the toughest ones with so many promising teams. Nonetheless, Belgium is the favourite to win Group F (F1).
The tournament runners-up of the 2018 World Cup, Croatia will face difficult challenges in the form of Canada and Morocco to go through to the knockout stages. Canada has qualified for the World Cup this year from the CONCACAF region ahead of Mexico and USA in the table. Morocco has promising players like Achraf Hakimi and Hakim Ziyech. We pick Canada as the surprise runners-up from Group F (F2).
So, Germany’s Round of 16 opponent should be Canada, if not Croatia, Morocco, or Belgium.
|53||E1 (Germany) vs. F2 (Canada)|
|55||E2 (Spain) vs. F1 (Belgium)|
If Germany finishes as the runners-up of Group E (E2), there will be a strong possibility of Germany vs. Belgium in the Round of 16.
However, if they top the group (E1), we predict Germany’s Round of 16 opponent should be Canada or Croatia, or Morocco.
Who can be Germany’s Quarter-Final Opponent in the World Cup 2022?
Now, we will pick from too far ahead of time. Let’s analyse the brackets and find Germany’s potential opponents in the World Cup.
Germany’s quarter-final opponent will be among the following brackets.
- Match no. 53 (E1 vs F2) vs. Match no. 54 (G1 vs H2). It is when Germany finishes as the winners of Group E, and wins against the runners-up of Group F (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals.
- Match no. 55 (E2 vs F1) vs. Match no. 56 (G2 vs H1). It is when Germany finishes as the runners-up of Group E, and wins against the winners of Group F (in the Round of 16), for a spot in the quarter-finals.
So, if Germany wins in the match no. 53 in the Round-of-16 stage, which should be against Canada according to our picks, they will face the winners of G1 vs H2 in the quarter-finals. Let’s check out Group G and Group H at this point.
|Group G||Group H|
|Brazil (G1 according to our prediction)||Portugal|
|Switzerland||Uruguay (H2 according to our picks)|
As things stand, the match no. 54 in the Round of 16 should be Brazil (G1) vs. Uruguay (H2). We predict Brazil should win this tie for a spot in the quarter-finals. Hence, if Germany wins in the match no. 53, which should be against Canada according to our picks, they will face Brazil in the quarter-finals.
- Germany’s Probable Quarter-Final Opponent: Winners of 53 vs. Winners of 54, which should be Germany and Brazil, according to our picks.
However, if Germany finishes second in the group as E2, and beats Belgium (F1) in the Round of 16 to play in the quarter-finals, they could meet the winners of G2 vs H1 in the quarter-finals, which could be Serbia or Portugal.
Hence, in either way, if Germany goes through to the quarter-finals, their probable opponent can be Brazil, Portugal, Serbia, or even Uruguay, should they all qualify according to our picks.
Who can be Germany’s Semi-Final Opponent in the World Cup 2022?
The World Cup brackets certainly confirm that Germany will not face anyone from groups A, B, C, and D including Netherlands, England, Argentina or France before Semi-Finals.
So, Germany can face any team among Netherlands, England, Argentina and France in the semi-finals.