Joachim Low believes Germany will need to adapt to hot and humid conditions against Ghana, USA and Portugal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The Germans kick off their Group G campaign against the Portuguese in Salvador, before facing the Ghanaians in Fortaleza and the Americans in Recife.
"In our preparations, we have to get used to the humidity and high temperatures," said Low. "I have already been to Fortaleza and Recife, where we will find difficult conditions to acclimatise to. We will have to adapt our preparations."
The Germans have yet to decide between using either Salvador or Sao Paulo as their World Cup base, with the FIFA deadline set for 18 December. Low will lead a delegation from the German Football Federation (DFB) to visit both hotels over the weekend before flying home.
All three games will be played on Brazil's coast, with the games against Portugal and USA kicking off at 1pm local time, with average daytime high temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius expected in both Salvador and Recife. The Ghana game, in Fortaleza on the north coast, will be played in similar temperatures despite the 4pm kick-off.
"We have to accept the group as it is," said Low. "We now know who and where we play, and we can take the next step to work for the World Cup."
The Recife clash against USA pits Jurgen Klinsmann, who led Germany to third at the 2006 World Cup, against Low, who succeeded him as head coach in 2006 having been his assistant at that year's World Cup.
"So, we will be meeting old friends," said Low. "It's already something special to have the USA in our group.
"Jurgen and I have had a very good and close relationship for a long time. We have always exchanged ideas on a regular basis, but that will certainly change before the World Cup match."
Brothers in battle
The draw also means Berlin-born half-brothers - Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and Germany centre-back Jerome - will face each other at another World Cup. They both played when Germany beat Ghana 1-0 at South Africa 2010 - the first time brothers had played on opposite teams at a World Cup.
"Brother, it's time again... that's how beautiful life is!" Schalke's Kevin-Prince wrote on his Twitter account to Bayern Munich's Jerome.
"I'm happy with that," Kevin-Prince Boateng told Sport Bild. "You can see that dreams can come true.
"I am looking to another game against my brother at the World Cup. And also against my team-mate Jermaine Jones - he's simply great."