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Saturday, December 10, 2005

Host Germany Happy with their Group

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Germany reacted with relief and delight at the draw that gave the World Cup host a relatively simple-to-win group with Ecuador,Costa Rica and Poland - and avoid stronger rivals like Portugal or Netherlands.

The Netherlands was the non-seeded squad all the teams didn't want and the Germans were weary of a group that would pit them against the neighbors. But the Dutch ended up in one of the toughest groups with Argentina, Serbia-Montenegro and Ivory Coast, while the Germans couldn't keep the smiles off their faces.

"We are very pleased," coach Klinsmann said. "It could have been much worse".

"We think that this is a double group. All rivals are difficult, we don't want to underestimate any team. But we have a great feeling."

Kilnsmann said Ecuador is very a strong team at home, but playing in Germany will be different.

"Costa Rica shouldn't be underestimated and Poland is surely a hurdle, they played very good qualifications. But we have to get through," the German Coach said. "Now we know what we face and we are looking forward. The draw gave us a little help and now we can start."

Should Germany win Group A, it's second-round opponent could be England.

The Germans will kick off the Cup against Costa Rica on June 9 in Munich. The final will take place on July 9 in Berlin.

Germany then plays Poland on June 17 in Dortmund and faces Ecuador in Berlin on June 20.

Germany has never played against either Costa Rica or Ecuador. Of 14 matches against Poland, Germany has won 10 and lost none.

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