World Cup 2018 Qualifiers

A Perfect Ten!

The qualifying campaign:
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4 Sep 2016NorwayOsloW 3 - 0
"The team did its job very well
- we looked comfortable and in control of the game"
8 Oct 2016Czech RepublicHamburgW 3 - 0
"The team were always in control."
11 Oct 2016Northern IrelandHannoverW 2 - 0
"We fulfilled our task: six points from the two games and zero goals conceded."
11 Nov 2016San MarinoSan MarinoW 8 - 0
"The team tried to score goals and they succeeded."
26 Mar 2017AzerbaijanBakuW 4 - 1
"We did absolutely everything we needed to in the match."
10 June 2017San MarinoNürnbergW 7 - 0
"It was a great opportunity to gain some confidence."
1 Sep 2017Czech RepublicAwayW 2 - 1
"We won, and that's what counts, but we benefited from a lot of luck."
4 Sep 2017NorwayStuttgartW 6 - 0
"We've seen here in Stuttgart just how beautiful the beautiful game can be and how enjoyable it can be"
5 Oct 2017Northern IrelandAwayW 3 - 1
"We had the game under control and kept the Northern Irish attacking play in check."
8 Oct 2017AzerbaijanKaiserslauternW 5 - 1
"Ten wins from ten games prove that the team constantly kept up the desire and concentration"

Final Group C Table
Germany10100 043 4+3930
Northern Ireland10 61 317 5+1119
Czech Republic10 43 31710 +715
Norway10 41 51716+113
Azerbaijan10 31 61019-910
San Marino10 0010 251-49 0

  • This was only the second time (previous being Spain for 2010) that a country had gone through European World Cup qualifying campaign with a 100% record.
  • The goal tally of 43 is the highest ever by a European qualifying country in either the World Cup or the European Championships.
  • Germany have only had three impeccable records in tournament qualifying, two of them were with Joachim Löw at the helm.
  • Their goal difference of +39 is the best in any German World Cup qualifying campaign.
  • German goalscoring honours: Thomas Müller, Sandro Wagner - 5, Julian Draxler, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka - 3, Joshua Kimmich, Sami Khedira, Jonas Hector, André Schürrle, Mario Gomez, Timo Werner - 2, Toni Kroos, Kevin Volland, Amin Younes, Shkodran Mustafi, Julian Brandt, Mats Hummels, Mesut Özil, Sebastian Rudy, Antonio Rüdiger, Emre Can - 1, Own Goal - 1

The Qualifying Draw

In the draw in St Petersburg, Germany have been drawn against the Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino in Group C in the European qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup. Joachim Löw did not attend, the DFB being represented by Oliver Bierhoff and Helmut Sandrock. - 25 July 2015

The immediate reaction was that it was a good draw for Germany, avoiding the Pot 2 'heavyweights' of Italy and France.

Löw: Germany pleased with World Cup draw
Germany coach Joachim Low has expressed his satisfaction with the draw for the qualifying stage of the 2018 World Cup, admitting that his side will be favourites to top Group C.
However, while expressing his pleasure with the hand his side was dealt, the 55-year-old was quick to guard against complacency."We have an interesting group against good opponents," he said.
"And we are of course pleased with the draw. It's clear that we want to be, as a world champion, group winners and we are the favourites.
"The Czech Republic, Norway and Northern Ireland are very ambitious and have always had very good results in recent years.
"Group A, with France, Sweden and the Netherlands and Group G, with Italy and Spain, are interesting and extremely exciting."However, we will now focus on the European Championship qualifiers and after the tournament and only then, comes the World Cup qualifiers for Russia."

Any relief in Germany and Italy being kept apart in the draw appeared to be mutual:
Conte pleased to avoid Germany in World Cup draw

Joachim Löw's record as Bundestrainer against his opponents:

Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 2 4 Euro 2008 Qualifier (A)
Euro 2008 Qualifier (H)
Northern Ireland110010Euro 2016, Group C
Norway1001012009 Friendly (H)
Azerbaijan4400152World Cup 2010 Qualifier (A)
World Cup 2010 Qualifier (H)
Euro 2012 Qualifier (H)
Euro 2012 Qualifier (A)
San Marino2200190Euro 2008 Qualifier (A)
Euro 2008 Qualifier (H)

Joachim Löw lässt Auslosung sausen - 22 July 2015
Joachim Löw has confirmed that, as in 2011, he will not be attending the European qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup.
"At the moment I'm only focusing on qualifying for the Euro's - next spring will be the most important phase of qualification," he said. "The tournament in France is obviously taking priority for us - the World Cup is still a long way off. But I can understand that we need to start making logistical plans now. We'll make an appearance at the draw, but we won't think or worry about what it brings until a later date." - from

Joachim Löw hat keine Angst vor Italien oder Frankreich - 25 July 2015
Jogi said, before the draw, they will not complain if paired against a strong side such as Italy or France in the draw. "Ultimately the best team will always prevail."

last updated 29 November 2017
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