Mats Hummels has criticised Germany for their performance at UEFA EURO 2012 and warned that a repeat at Brazil 2014 would give them no chance of becoming world champions.
On the tenth anniversary of the Korea/Japan 2002 Final, FIFA.com recalls how Ronaldo made a miraculous recovery from being written off to inspire Brazil to their fifth crown.
Oliver Bierhoff speaks to FIFA.com about Germany’s progress, the integration into their squad of players from different cultures, and their desire to establish the most proficient style of play in the world and lift a trophy.
"We haven't got an easy group. Sweden and Ireland always do very well in qualifying," Joachim Low, Germany coach
Perennial qualifiers Germany will be expected to dominate Group C of European qualifying, although Sweden, Republic of Ireland and Austria will all be confident of making an impression.
The draw for the European zone yielded some potentially thrilling sections, with local rivalries set to be stirred and the world champions left to do battle with another winner of football's ultimate prize.