Just like Group D, Group G is being labeled the “group of death” in the 2014 World Cup by some people because of how incredibly close the competition is. In fact, the second and third-best teams in the world according to FIFA rankings are both located right in this group. Some coaching intrigue may also be found in one particular match this year.

2014 World Cup – Group G


As the second-highest-rated team in the world, Germany won nine of its ten matches in UEFA qualifying with a +26 goal differential. Mesut Ozil had eight goals for the Eagles during this time.

Germany has reached the semi-final of the World Cup in the last two occasions and has also repeated the feat in the last two UEFA Euro series. Germany will be in the same group as Portugal, a side that it beat in the third-place match in 2006. In fact, Germany has been on the podium in the past three World Cups but it has not won the event since 1990.


Making just its third appearance in World Cup history, the Ghana national team will be looking to reach the quarterfinals again like it did last time around. In fact, Ghana competed with both Germany and the United States in the 2010 event. The Black Stars feature Asamoah Gyan, a player who has scored a hundred goals in 89 matches with Al Ain of the UAE Pro League in the past three years. He also scored eleven goals in fifteen international matches last year. Kevin-Prince Boateng is also worth spotting this year.

Ghana will be playing against Portugal on June 26 in Brasilia. This is the only pairing in this group that has never competed with one another in any World Cup in the past.


Portugal is third in the FIFA standings but still had to get through a play-off to make it into the World Cup. Much has been made of Cristiano Ronaldo, a player who has scored 251 goals in 245 games for Real Madrid in the last five years. However, he also has company in Nani from Manchester United. He has fully recovered from a foot injury that kept him out of action for a good part of the past few seasons and is fully ready to play for the Portuguese team.

United States

Jurgen Klinsmann has been called upon to lead the United States into the World Cup. Interestingly enough, Klinsmann was the former coach of the German side and will face off against his former team on June 26 in Recife. Now that’s some serious match-up to start with.

While Team USA made the quarterfinals last year, the team has not gotten into the top three since 1930 when it finished in third place. While Landon Donovan and Clint Dempsey are expected to be the top stars for the team, Jozy Altidore has become a star for the team, having scored eight goals in fourteen international matches en route to qualifying for the World Cup.

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