2018 - Football in Russia







FIFA Ranking position

Defending champions and Confederations Cup winners: the Germany national football team return to Russia in a bid to become the first team to retain the title since Brazil in 1962 (Brazil 3–1 Czechoslovakia). The reigning champions have been drawn in Group F alongside Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.

Germany national football team

Final Squad


1 Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
12 Kevin Trapp (Paris Saint-Germain)
22 Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)


2 Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin)
3 Jonas Hector (FC Köln)
4 Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach)
5 Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich)
15 Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich)
16 Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea)
17 Jérôme Boateng (Bayern Munich)
18 Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)


6 Sami Khedira (Juventus)
7 Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain)
8 Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)
10 Mesut Özil (Arsenal)
11 Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)
14 Leon Goretzka (Schalke 04)
19 Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich)
20 Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen)
21 Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City)


9 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
13 Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)
23 Mario Gomez (VfB Stuttgart)

Borussia Dortmund's Mario Götze, scorer of the extra-time winner in the World Cup final against Argentina in 2014, has been left out of Germany's preliminary squad. The final 23-man squad lists are published on 4 June.

Germany national football team

Matches in Russia

Germany 0 - 1 Mexico
17 June 2018 17:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)
Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Germany 2 - 1 Sweden
23 June 2018 20:00 CEST
Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

South Korea 2 - 0 Germany
27 June 2018 16:00 CEST
Kazan Arena, Kazan

(1) FIFA (2018). FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking. Retrieved on May 25, from http://www.fifa.com/fifa-world-ranking/ranking-table/men/index.html