Saturday, December 5, 2009

Soccer World Cup 2010: Germany faces Australia, Ghana and Serbia

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff said on Friday Die Mannschaft had drawn a tough yet surmountable challenge in Australia, Ghana and Serbia for the group stage of the 2010 World Cup finals.

Germany will open their 2010 campaign in Group D against Australia in Durban on June 13, then play Serbia in Port Elizabeth on June 19 before the pool stage final game against Ghana at Johannesburg's Soccer City on June 23.

But Bierhoff was happy to have avoided danger sides France and Portugal who qualified through the play-offs and could potentially have landed in the same group as the Germans.

"We are glad we did not draw France or Portugal, but Australia, Serbia and Ghana will also not be easy," admitted former Germany striker Bierhoff.

Germany have never been beaten by any of their three World Cup opponents in previous meetings, but will be most concerned about Australia who reached the last 16 at the 2006 World Cup. It took a penalty deep into injury-time for Italy to overcome the Socceroos in Germany and continue their run to the crown.

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