Quarter Final: France vs. Germany
4th July – Friday – Independance day in the US
Venue: Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
Seating Capacity: Over 78,800 screaming cheering fans
Expected Online Audience: Nearly 4 billion people around the world
France ranks number 17 in the official FIFA ranking, and beat Germany in the Round of 16 to make it to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals. Germany ranks at position number 2 on the official FIFA ranking.
Germany’s time in the 2014 FIFA World Cup might be over
Germany knocked out US, Portugal and Ghana to ace the Group stage and went on to beat Algeria in the Round of 16 match.
Germany’s Performance in the Group Stage:
Germany had clean wins all the way through the group matches and did not have any trouble in coming out on top of the Group stage.
Germany s Performance in the Round of 16:
The Round of 16 was much tougher and Germany had to put on a very aggressive game to win against Algeria.
Germany has made 17 appearances in the FIFA World Cup to date, and this year the German team is playing under the leadership of one of the most expensive football coaches in the world: Joachim Low. Joachim is one of the most experienced international football coaches and is expected to lead Germany to victory, but will he be ready for France’s Didier Deschamps?
Image: Germany’s Coach Joachim Low
France may have appeared only 11 times in the FIFA World Cup so far, but this time it is playing under the leadership of the world’s 11th most highly-paid international football coach, Didier Deschamps.
Image: France’s Coach Didier Deschamps
France’s Performance in the Group Stage:
France knocked out Honduras, Switzerland and Ecuador to come out on top of Group E in the Group stage before knocking out Nigeria in the Round of 16 match.
Honduras couldn’t possibly have been difficult for France to beat, and the same goes for Ecuador, because none of the two are in the top 20 FIFA ranking. Switzerland, on the other hand ranks on position 6, but France was able to dominate that match with ease.
France’s Performance in the Round of 16:
Nigeria had been on a lucky streak this FIFA World Cup, and reaching the Round of 16 must have been a great experience for a team that ranks 44 on the official FIFA World Cup ranking. But Nigeria was barely managing to hold on as it is. Nigeria won against Bosnia and Argentina with a 1 goal margin and tied with Iran to reach the Round of 16, so it was no surprise when it lost to France.
Image: Former confrontations between France and Germany in the FIFA World Cup with wins and draws – Borrowed from FIFA.com