#FIFAWorldCup Match Today || Germany vs Japan Team News , Channel And Odds #Qatar2022

Date / Time: Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 13.00 GMT; 8am EST
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium, Al-Rayyan, Qatar
Referee: Iván Cisneros (Honduras)

On TV: ITV 1 (UK); Fox Sports 1, Telemundo (USA); elsewhere
Streaming online: ITV Hub (UK); FOX Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo (USA)

Chelsea interest: We always think of Germany as perennial powerhouses, but they failed to make it out of the groups in 2018 and fell in the Round of 16 at the last Euros — and promptly replaced long-time head coach Jogi Löw (15 years!) with Hansi Flick. There’s some fresh blood in the team as well, including Big Game King Kai Havertz at his first World Cup. Antonio Rüdiger is of course a very familiar face as well. (But no Timo Werner, due to injury.)

Germany has won the World Cup four times – and they still have Thomas Müller, a star of the 2010 and 2014 tournaments.

Müller, who is now 33, has amassed a stash of individual awards at football’s biggest competition: 10 World Cup goals, one Best Young Player award, one Golden Boot award, one Silver Boot award, and a place in the 2014 World Cup All-Star XI.

That, and an early return home from the 2018 World Cup in Russia could spur the Germans to want to make a big impact in Qatar.

But pundits have warned against dismissing Japan, a team that tends to exceed expectations on the global stage. They’re the highest-ranked Asian team at the tournament, and many of the youngsters in their squad are competing for national glory and aiming to put on a show for the talent scouts.

Germany did not exactly cover themselves in glory in the UEFA Nations League and are still haunted by the memories of the 2018 World Cup, so do not be surprised to see Japan’s plethora of attacking options cause a few problems here.
However, Die Mannschaft traditionally perform well on the opening matchday and are working with a fully-fit squad, so we can only picture Flick’s side getting off to the perfect start.

On Wednesday, in front of 40,000 fans at the Khalifa International Stadium, attackers Daichi Kamada, Kaoru Mitoma, and Takumi Minamino of Japan will square up to Germany’s Ilkay Gundogan, Joshua Kimmich, and Jamal Musiala in the battle for midfield dominance.

Kamada has solid experience in German football, plying his trade at Eintracht Frankfurt, by playing with industry and creativity in the hole behind the striker. Others who also play in the Bundesliga include Stuttgart’s Wataru Endo and Ritsu Doan – aka “the Japanese Messi”, whose left foot has put a shot past one of the world’s best goalkeepers in Manuel Neuer while playing with Freiburg.

At 5’8″, Doan has a low centre of gravity that helps his tight dribbling and explosive breaks down the right wing.

A win for Japan would be quite an upset, but if they are to make it through to the round of 16, Coach Hajime Moriyasu’s men are going to have to make – and take – their chances against a well-drilled German side looking to be world champions again.

Germany: Manuel Neuer, David Raum, Antonio Ruediger, Niklas Suele, Nico Schlotterbeck, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Guendogan, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Mueller, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz

Japan: Shuichi Gonda, Hiroki Sakai, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, Junya Ito, Yuto Nagatomo, Wataru Endo, Ao Tanaka, Takefusa Kubo, Daichi Kamada, Daizen Maeda

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