The road to Canada
Germany romped through their qualifying campaign for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™, winning all ten of their games in Group 1. Furthermore, the eight-time European champions booked their ticket to the tournament by scoring an impressive 62 goals and conceding just four. No other European side managed to hit the target as often. At the 2011 World Cup, Germany were guaranteed a spot as hosts, but during qualification for the 2007 finals in China PR coach Silvia Neid’s side also won all of their matches en route to becoming world champions for the second, and to date last, time.

Strengths and style
Germany have found the perfect blend of experienced veterans and talented youngsters, as was evident at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2013. Neid was forced to find replacements for six first team regulars at the tournament but the side still went on to be crowned continental queens, and increasing numbers of new players are still being introduced into the squad with great success. Not only do well-known stars such as FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year Nadine Angerer, Celia Sasic and Anja Mittag provide a solid backbone to the team, as well as giving it plenty of cutting edge in attack, they allow youngsters like Tabea Kemme and Sara Dabritz to benefit from their experience.

The coach
Neid, who turned 50 in 2014, has held the reins of the German national team since 2005 and her name is synonymous with the success of German women’s football. She has been involved in each of her country’s two World Cup triumphs and eight European Championship victories either as a player, assistant coach or head coach. Her ability on the touchline has not gone unnoticed and in 2010 and 2013 the 111-time former international was voted as FIFA World Coach of the Year for Women’s Football.

FIFA Women’s World Cup record
- Canada 2015 will be Germany’s seventh appearance at a Women’s World Cup, meaning they will have participated at every finals to date
- Germany won the title in the USA in 2003 and China PR in 2007

What they said
“We want to have a say in the World Cup in Canada next year. I think Germany are always among the favourites. It’s important to us to play against the best teams in the world during our preparations," Melanie Behringer, Germany midfielder