Germany Opponent Preview – Ulsan
The USA and Germany will do battle for the seventh time in their history, with the U.S. having won twice (in back-to-back games in 1999). The teams have meet previously in the World Cup one time, with Germany handing the U.S. a 2-0 loss in the teams’ opener of the 1998 World Cup. The match is set for Ulsan Minsu Football Stadium on Friday (June 21) at 7:25 a.m. ET (live on ESPN and Univision). A preview of the German team follows.
June 20, 2002
FIFA Ranking: 12th
2002 World Cup qualifying: Finished second in UEFA “Group 9” (5-1-2; 14 GF, 10 GA); defeated Ukraine in home-and-home playoff 5-2 on aggregate score.
World Cup final appearances: 15 – 1934 (3rd), 1938 (10th), 1954 (1st), 1958 (4th), 1962 (7th), 1966 (2nd), 1970 (3rd), 1974 (1st), 1978 (6th), 1982 (2nd), 1986 (2nd), 1990 (1st), 1994 (5th), 1998 (7th), 2002
Overall Record in WC: 48-16-18
Manager: Rudi Voller (GER)
Championship Honors: 1954, 1974 & 1990 World Cup champions; 1972, 1980 & 1996 European Cup champions
Fast Facts: Continued their perfect qualification record in 2002, qualifying for their 15th overall World Cup finals (second to Brazil’s 17 appearances). … Won three World Cups as West Germany, which is second to Brazil’s four titles. … Only country to make it to the championship game in three consecutive World Cups (doing so from 1982 to 1990).
World Cup Roster
1-Oliver Kahn, 2-Thomas Linke, 3-Marko Rehmer, 4-Frank Baumann, 5-Carsten Ramelow, 6-Christian Ziege, 7-Oliver Neuville, 8-Dietmar Hamann, 9-Carsten Jancker, 10-Lars Ricken, 11-Miroslav Klose, 12-Jens Lehmann, 13-Michael Ballack, 14-Gerald Asamoah, 15-Sebastian Kehl, 16-Jens Jeremies, 17-Marco Bode, 18-Joerg Boehme, 19-Bernd Schneider, 20-Oliver Bierhoff, 21-Christoph Metzelder, 22-Torsten Frings, 23-Hans-Joerg Butt