Thursday, 14th November, 2013

Germany centurion Joachim Low hopes playing the likes of Italy and England will be a blessing in disguise towards a World-Cup win his country is obliged to achieve.

Low will become one of four Germany head coaches to reach 100 games in charge when they face Italy tomorrow in a friendly in Milan.


Germany came closest to lifting the trophy in 2002 when they finished runners-up to Brazil and for Low, at least, it has been too long.

"You're obliged to win a title after a certain time, and we're preparing believing we can win it", Low told the Bundesliga's official website.


"There are other nations who, like us, will be going to Brazil hoping to do so too. We'll need to be at our best.

"We don't fear [Italy], but we certainly have a lot of respect. I'm glad though we're up against such a strong side, it will help us get even stronger.

"These games will be the last ones up until March. I hope to be able to give every player a chance."

Low's milestone follows in the footsteps of Euro 96 winner Berti Vogts and World Cup-winning coaches Helmut Schon and Sepp Herberger.

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