FIFA WC 2022: Germany vs Japan Preview & prediction | H2H | line-up

Germany are on a mission to once again conquer the world of football as they try to win their fifth FIFA World Cup title in Qatar. 

Placed in a Group E, Hansi Flick, and his side will take on Japan in their opening encounter in an eye-watering and important clash at the tournament. Both teams will be poised to make an impact in the contest knowing the consequences of the result will impact the final outcome of the group.

Germany vs Japan Head to Head

Both Japan and Germany will shake hands for the first time in 16 years while this also remains to be their first competitive meeting against one another. Two nations have met on four occasions in the past, with the European side leading the affairs with two wins while Japan have only managed two draws. 

The last meeting between the sides came in May 2006, in preparation for the World Cup where the Germans were the hosts and faced elimination at the semifinal stage. Overall Japan have never kept a clean sheet against the Germans and will look to dent the opposition if they come away with a point.

Germany vs Japan Head to Head

16 Oct 1963Japan v Germany1-1A v Amateur
17 Jan 1968Japan v Germany0-1A v Amateur
16 Dec 2004Japan v Germany0-3International Friendly
30 May 2006Germany v Japan2-2International Friendly

Germany vs Japan Group Details

Both Germany and Japan will be aware of the subsequent matches against Spain and Costa Rica and will look to start on a positive note in the first match. After the opening contest, the FIFA World Cup 2022 will be treated with a high-voltage clash between Germany and Spain, two nations that most recently won the World Cup. The clash will take place on Sunday (November 27) at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor. On  the

Same Japan will face Costa Rica at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium in Al Rayyan with both teams looking to take three points. The final matchday in the group will take place on Thursday (December 1) with Germany locking horns against Costa Rica at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor while Japan will play simultaneously at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan against 2010 World Champions Spain.

World Cup Record


Appearances20 (first in 1934)
Best resultChampions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)


Appearances7 (first in 1998)
Best resultRound of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)

Germany vs Japan Predicted Lineup

Germany (4-2-3-1):

Neuer; Kehrer, Rudiger, Sule, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Sane; Havertz

Japan (4-2-3-1):

Gonda; Sakai, Yoshida, Tomiyasu, H. Ito; W. Endo, Morita; J. Ito, Minamino, Kubo; Asano

Germany vs Japan Date, kick-off time, and venue

The FIFA World Cup 2022 Matchday 1 encounter on Wednesday, November 23 will kick off at 6:30 PM IST, 4:00 PM Local Time


Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan


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