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Lineker's Verdict

Germany Team Kit

 Group A
 France
 Senegal
 Uruguay
 Denmark
 Group B
 Spain
 Slovenia
 Paraguay
 South Africa
 Group C
 Brazil
 Turkey
 China
 Costa Rica
 Group D
 South Korea
 Poland
 USA
 Portugal
 Group E
 Germany
 Saudi Arabia
 Rep of Ireland
 Cameroon
 Group F
 Argentina
 Nigeria
 England
 Sweden
 Group G
 Italy
 Ecuador
 Croatia
 Mexico
 Group H
 Japan
 Belgium
 Russia
 Tunisia

Germany star player, Oliver Kahn
World Cup record:
 1934   Third place
 1938   First round
 1954   Winners
 1958   Fourth place
 1962   Quarter-finals
 1966   Runners up
 1970   Third place
 1974   Winners
 1978   Second round
 1982   Runners up
 1986   Runners up
 1990   Winners
 1994   Quarter-finals
 1998   Quarter-finals
 2002   Runners up

Did you know?
Paul Breitner, one of the heroes of West Germany's 1974 World Cup win, almost walked out on the squad before the tournament following a row over wages. Team boss Helmut Schoen came to blows with Breitner before the dispute was settled.

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Oliver Kahn
All the old clichés were rolled out about the Germans for this tournament, and their efficient, unspectacular progress to their seventh World Cup final did little to dispel the myth.

Yet this tournament marked an astonishing turnaround for a country humbled 5-1 by England in Munich less than a year ago.

That this was not the vintage Germany of 1990 – or even of Euro 96 – was unquestionable.

German legend Franz Beckenbauer was scathing of his team, stating that Oliver Kahn aside, he would like to put the players in a large bag and punch it repeatedly.

But while they rode their luck, their commitment and drive since the Munich defeat has been outstanding and deserves credit.

Kahn, who blundered to hand Brazil the lead in the final, should nonetheless be remembered as the tournament’s top goalkeeper. His saves against Ireland, Paraguay and the USA in particular were remarkable.

He did much to get Germany to the final, and it was unfortunate that his blunder put them behind.

And it was also ironic that the Germans’ best tournament performance was in the final – their only defeat of the World Cup.

The flair ultimately triumphed over work ethic. But make no mistake. This tournament proved that people write off the Germans at their peril.

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2002 World Cup results

Group E: v Saudi Arabia 8-0; v Rep of Ireland 1-1; v Cameroon 2-0; Second round: v Paraguay 1-0; Quarter-finals: v USA 1-0; Semi-finals: v South Korea 1-0; Final: v Brazil 0-2.



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