Germany vs Japan – World Cup: Team news, lineups & prediction

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By Grey Whitebloom Germany’s bid to reestablish their status as a Turniermannschaft (tournament team) begins with an opening group stage encounter against Japan on Wednesday afternoon. Joachim Low was still at the helm for Germany’s most recent World Cup match; a crushing 2-0 defeat to South Korea which confirmed the nation’s first-ever group stage exit. Japan squeaked out of their pool by the narrowest of margins, advancing ahead of Senegal because they collected fewer yellow cards. Just as Germany’s coach Hansi Flick was assistant to Low, Hajime Moriyasu replaced his former boss Akira Nishin…

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