The German men’s national team is in action in Qatar.
After defeating Lionel Messi and Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, Germany had a chance to become the first consecutive tournament winners in over 50 years. Instead, their title defense fell flat as they couldn’t even get past the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Mario Gotze are three holdovers from the 2014 champions squad and the mission remains the same as they head into the 2022 competition.
Germany will start Group E against Japan, who have qualified for a World Cup for the seventh time in a row. The team has never reached the quarterfinals, but they have reached the round of 16 three times, including in 2018.
Here is everything you need to know about the opening match between Germany and Japan in Qatar:
When will Germany play Japan at the FIFA World Cup 2022?
Germany meets Japan in the first match of Group E of the 2022 World Cup on Wednesday, November 23.
When will Germany play Japan in the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
Germany and Japan kick off at 8:00am ET (4:00pm local time) at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
How to watch Germany vs Japan at FIFA World Cup 2022
The game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 in English and Telemundo in Spanish.
How to stream Germany vs Japan at FIFA World Cup 2022
The game can be streamed online on FOXSports.com, the Fox Sports App or on Peacock (Spanish).
Who are the players to watch in Germany v Japan?
The German squad includes four players from the 2014 championship squad: Mario Götze (Eintracht Frankfurt), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich) and Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg). The first three players were all instrumental in the country’s World Cup triumph in Brazil eight years ago and are looking to help turn things around after a disappointing exit in 2018.
The team have added more talent to their roster for this year’s tournament. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid) and İlkay Gündoğan (Manchester City) are among the returnees with World Cup experience, while Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich) is among the World Cup debutants.
For Japan, two of the top names to watch are Daichi Kamada (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Takefusa Kubo (Real Sociedad). Kamada is one of eight players in the Japan squad playing club football in Germany, so they should be familiar with their first Group E opponents.