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Last Updated: Monday, 15 May 2006, 16:38 GMT 17:38 UK
Togo's Hawks land in Germany
Togo make their debut at the World Cup
Togo became the first World Cup team to arrive in Germany after landing in Stuttgart on Monday.

They arrived from the Netherlands, where they were beaten 1-0 by Saudi Arabia in a friendly on Sunday.

The Togolese are expected to train for four weeks ahead of their opening Group G against South Korea on 13 June.

Otto Pfister, coach of the West African side, has admitted that the debutants have a tough task of putting up a credible showing at the finals.

"We're obviously underdogs," said Pfister after being welcomed by German organising committee officials as well as leaders from the local state government.

"But I think we can achieve a thing or two at the World Cup.

"All our preparations are aimed at the first match against South Korea.

"If we can win that, every match after that will be like a 'final' for us."

France and Switzerland, the other teams in Group G, are the favourites to advance.

Hosts Germany will not convene at their base hotel in Berlin until 4 June, although the squad will be together for camps in Sardinia and Geneva from 16 May.




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