Germany hosted the World Cup competition in 2006, providing the hosts with an ideal opportunity to revenge their 2002 final loss to Brazil in the Japan/South Korea event. In addition to the city of Berlin, which served as the main host city, other major cities including Munich, Hamburg, and Cologne were also part of the tournament infrastructure.
Germany has been one of the most popular countries for soccer fans worldwide due to its successful national team. The German squad has won two European Championships (1990, 1992) and one Olympic gold medal (2004). They are also the only country to have ever beaten Brazil on Brazilian soil when they defeated them 3-1 in a friendly match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid back in 1989.
Germany has also qualified for the upcoming 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Their first game is against Uruguay on June 16th at the Castelão Arena in Fortaleza. The Germans are considered heavy favorites to win this match.
Overall, Germany has a proud history of hosting major international events such as the World Cup. The country's capital city Berlin is also known for its notable football clubs - Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund being just two of the most famous names located there. Thus, Germany is sure to provide some great action during the next round of the World Cup.
The competition was held from May 30 to June 10, 2001, and was co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, who also hosted the FIFA World Cup finals in 2002. Each country could choose which league they wanted to host, with the exception of Mexico, who played in both leagues. The two hosts were decided based on the final rankings, with Japan hosting if they were to win the tournament. Brazil won the cup for the third time after defeating Germany 4-1 in the final.
Mexico had been invited to take part in the inaugural event but declined the invitation. The decision not to invite Mexico was met with criticism by some members of the public and media. However, the Mexican Football Federation stated that it did not want to go against any other countries by participating in what would have been an intercontinental tournament.
In addition to Brazil and Germany, other nations that made their debut at the World Cup include Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Greece, Haiti, Honduras, India, Israel, Jamaica, Kuwait, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and United Arab Emirates.
The World Cup's History
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History of the 2018 World Cup
After 32 years, the Socceroos returned to Germany, where they had last competed in the FIFA World Cup finals in 1974. Few were shocked by their success in Germany, which raised the profile and popularity of football in Australia. Their World Cup fantasy run came to an end in dramatic and bitterly disappointing fashion.
The tournament has been held every four years, with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when it was canceled owing to World War II. France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted by Russia, after defeating Croatia 4-2 in normal time. The World Cup final is the final match of the competition, and the outcome determines which country advances to the next round.
On August 13, 1936, Germany formally sought to host the 1942 FIFA World Cup at the 23rd FIFA Congress in Berlin. Brazil also bid to host the event in June 1939. The outbreak of European wars in September 1939 forced the 1942 World Cup to be postponed until a host country was chosen. Germany was again selected as the host nation in May 1950. The tournament took place from June 14 to July 2, 1954.
Germany has since been crowned world champion by both UEFA and CONMEBOL. They defeated local rivals England and Uruguay respectively in the final rounds of the 1954 competition. This makes Germany's title win the only one not to involve Italy or Spain.
They also hosted the 2006 World Cup which was won by France. Germany has also played host to several international matches including two semi-finals at the 1972 Munich Olympics and the 1990 World Cup second round match between Argentina and Italy. Germany has also been scheduled to host some games at this year's World Cup but these plans are now in doubt due to security concerns following the Paris attacks.
Berlin is currently used as a venue for the opening and closing ceremonies and one other game per year. Other cities have been proposed as replacement venues if needed. However, no decisions have yet been made regarding any future hosts.
Germany's manager Klinsmann was hired as Germany's coach after the squad failed to advance from the group stage of the 2004 European Championship. He managed the team from July 2004 until July 2006. Klinsmann's term, which most would consider a success, saw him go 20-6-8 (win-loss-draw format) and lead Germany to a third-place finish at the 2006 World Cup. Before managing Germany, he had a successful career as a player, winning two Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich and one German cup with Borussia Dortmund.
Klinsmann has also been criticized for his use of formation changes during games. This can be seen as a negative aspect of his management style.
He resigned as Germany's manager in June 2006 to take over the national team of USA. He is considered one of the best managers in world football and has won 95 international matches as manager, making him the second most successful German manager behind Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Klinsmann took charge of Germany on 30 July 2004 when they played Ireland in a friendly match. Germany lost 1-3 at home before defeating Ireland 2-1 away from home. The win against Ireland secured Germany's place at the 2005 UEFA European Football Championship. Klinsmann left the job eight months later, with Germany still in qualifying contention for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He was replaced by former midfielder Bernd Storck.