Germany vs Japan – World Cup: Team news, start time, channel

2014 World Cup winners Germany get their tournament underway when they take on Japan in Group E… but what time is kick-off? What TV channel is it on? What is their head-to-head record? And what is the team news?

  • Germany will face Japan in the opening game of Group E on Wednesday in Qatar
  • They play at 1pm (UK), 8am (US) and 12am on Thursday (Australian Eastern Time) 
  • The game takes place at the Khalifa International Stadium, which holds 45,416
  • Here’s our WORLD CUP GROUP E GUIDE: Spain, Germany, Costa Rica and Japan
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Germany get their World Cup campaign underway on Wednesday November 23, with a fixture against Japan in Group E.

The 2014 World Cup winners were knocked out in the group stage back in 2018 so Hansi Flick’s side will be keen to make amends.

They were also eliminated by England at the Round of 16 at Euro 2020 last summer and players such as Kai Havertz, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry are leading a resurgent German side.

World Cup-winner Mario Gotze has also been recalled to the squad for the first time in five years, with the Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder the scorer of the winning goal in the 2014 final against Argentina. 

However, the four-time winners come up against a resolute Japan side, who will be looking to make it to the knockout stages of the World Cup again.

Back in 2018, they gave one of the tournament favourites Belgium a huge scare as they went 2-0 up in the Round of 16 – before Roberto Martinez’s side fought back and won 3-2, courtesy of a 94th minute strike from Nacer Chadli.

 So, with the clash quickly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know about the Germany vs Japan clash below. 

Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know about Germany (above) vs Japan

The opening game in Group E kicks off at 1pm (GMT), 8am (US), 12am (AET) on Wednesday

The game takes place on Wednesday November 23. The game will start at 1pm GMT, 8am EST and 12am on Thursday for Australian Eastern Time.

Date: Wednesday November 23

Time: 1pm (UK), 8am (EST) and 12am on Thursday (Australian Eastern Time)

How to watch the match?

The game between Germany vs Japan will be aired on ITV 1 in the UK, while you can also stream the action on the ITV Hub, 

The game will be free to watch for all UK viewers with a TV License. Meanwhile, the following stations will be airing the game for American viewers: FOX, Telemundo, fuboTV, Peacock Premium and Sling Blue.

Australian viewers can tune into the game via SBS, who will be televising every match during the 2022 World Cup. SBS On Demand will also stream the Germany vs Japan fixture for those on the move.

If you’re unable to watch the game live, you can relive the action via the FIFA YouTube Channel (Worldwide). The official YouTube channel will be posting highlight reels after each game.

The game will be aired on ITV 1 in the UK, while you can also stream the action on the ITV Hub

Where is Germany vs Japan being played? 

Germany vs Japan will be held at the Khalifa International Stadium in Al Rayyan, Doha.

The stadium has a capacity of 45,416 and is hosting eight games at the tournament – including the third-place play-off.

This stadium is unique as it is the only one being used at this World Cup that hasn’t been specifically built for the tournament.

The Khalifa International Stadium was built in 1976 and redeveloped in 2017. It has hosted several large sporting events including the World Athletics Championships and the FIFA Club World Cup final in 2019.

It is also the only stadium from the tournament that won’t be partially or fully dismantled following the World Cup. 

Location: Al Rayyan, Doha

Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium

The game is set to take place at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha which holds 45,416

 Germany vs Japan Team News

Hansi Flick possesses several experienced stars in his squad including Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller who started their World Cup final victory over Argentina in 2014.

The solid core is supplemented by young talents like Jamal Musiala, with Flick’s squad brimming with quality.

Japan will have Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu leading their defence going into the tournament, while former Liverpool star Takumi Minamino will add quality in attack.

Kaoru Mitoma, the Brighton midfielder who has put in some impressive performances this season, will be an intriguing one to watch, while former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida will bring experience. 

Germany’s squad is full of talented stars including Bayern Munich wonderkid Jamal Musiala

Former Liverpool forward Takumo Minamino is likely to be a key player in attack for Japan

Germany Squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Kevin Trapp

Defenders: Armel Bella-Kotchap, Matthias Ginter, Christian Gunter, Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Antonio Rudiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, Niklas Sule

Midfielders: Julian Brandt, Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gundogan, Jonas Hofmann, Joshua Kimmich, Jamal Musiala.

Attackers: Karim Adeyemi, Niclas Fullkrug, Serge Gnabry, Mario Gotze, Kai Havertz, Youssoufa Moukoko, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane

Japan Squad: 

Goalkeepers: Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt, Eiji Kawashima.

Defenders: Miki Yamane, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Shogo Taniguchi, Ko Itakura, Hiroki Ito, Yuto Nagatomo.

Midfielders: Wataru Endo, Hidemasa Morita, Ao Tanaka, Gaku Shibasaki, Kaoru Mitoma, Daichi Kamada, Ritsu Doan, Junya Ito, Takumi Minamino, Takefusa Kubo, Yuki Soma.

Forwards: Daizen Maeda, Takuma Asano, Shuto Machino, Ayase Ueda.

Head-to-head record

Germany and Japan have faced each other twice – both in friendlies.

Germany emerged victorious in 2004, winning 3-0 thanks to two goals from Miroslav Klose and one from Michael Ballack.

They drew 2-2 in a World Cup warm-up match in 2006, weeks before the tournament got underway in Germany.

2004: German 3-0 Japan

2006:  German 2-2 Japan

Hansi Flick will hope to bounce back from Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign in 2018

Group E fixtures

Germany vs Japan – November 23

Spain vs Costa Rica – November 23

Japan vs Costa Rica – November 27

Spain vs Germany – November 27

Costa Rica vs Germany – December 1

Japan vs Spain – December 1 

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