Top-10 Sides Compete in Preparation of FIFA World Cup Qualifying
CHICAGO (April 25, 2013) – The Men’s National Teams of Germany and Ecuador, both ranked in the top 10 of the current FIFA World Rankings, will face each other in an international friendly at FAU Stadium on the campus of Florida Atlantic University on Wednesday, May 29, in Boca Raton, Fla. Both teams are in the midst of competing for a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and will meet in preparation for their next set of qualifiers in June.
The event is set for 2:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. Central European Time) so that the match can be seen live on prime-time television in Germany. The game is also expected to be televised live in Ecuador (1:15 p.m. Ecuador Time).
Ecuador is one of the surprise teams in FIFA World Cup qualifying in the South American region, where it currently sits in second place out of nine countries with a 6-2-2 record (the top four automatically qualify for Brazil, while the fifth-place team enters a playoff against the fifth-place side from Asia). Ecuador will be using the test against Germany to prepare for its next two qualifiers: June 7 in Peru and at home June 11 against South American power Argentina.
Currently ranked 10th in the FIFA World Rankings, Ecuador has appeared twice in the FIFA World Cup (2002 and 2006).
Germany is also in the middle of its qualifying run for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and sits comfortably in first place (5-0-1 record) in its six-team group. The Germans are on course to reach their 16th consecutive FIFA World Cup, not having missed a tournament since 1950, and are currently ranked second in the FIFA World Rankings behind reigning World Cup champion Spain.
The match on May 29 will be the first of a two-game tour of the USA for the Germans, the second being against the U.S. Men’s National Team on June 2 in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Soccer will be hosting and promoting the event, supported in part by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. This is the second time in six months that U.S. Soccer has brought an international friendly to the FAU campus and to Palm Beach County, Fla. The U.S. Women’s National Team met the People’s Republic of China at FAU Stadium on Dec. 15, 2012, in the first.