Germany vs. Iceland: Live stream, TV channel, how to watch World Cup Qualifying (Thurs., March 26) Updated Mar 26, 2021;
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Germany’s road to World Cup redemption begins on Thursday with a highly anticipated matchup against Iceland.
Germany has never failed to qualify for a World Cup and it still has two players from the 2014 World Cup-winning team in the squad (Manuel Neuer and Mattias Ginter). But Die Mannschaft are still haunted by a last-place finish at the 2018 World Cup.
The Jogi Low farewell tour begins in earnest with Germany’s triple-header of World Cup qualifying matches against Iceland, Romania and North Macedonia in the next week. The manager announced last month that he will end his 15-year stint at the helm of Germany after this summer’s European championships.
How to Watch:
Time: 3:45 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: You can stream the match on fuboTV. Sign up now for a free seven-day trial. Germany will also have to face Armenia and Liechtenstein in Group J in the new UEFA qualifying format.
Winners of each group will advance to the World Cup in Qatar in November 2022 while the second-place finishers and two qualifiers from the UEFA Nations League will compete in a three-group playoff for the remaining three World Cup spots next spring.
All eyes will be on 18-year-old Bayern Munich prospect Jamal Musiala after his stunning decision to choose Germany over England, where he made all but two of his 16 junior international appearances.
Iceland won’t reprise its role as Euro 2016 darling after missing out on this summer’s Euros, but can reset by qualifying for its second straight World Cup after debuting in Russia in 2018.
Germany’s Mahmoud Dahoud plays the ball during a friendly soccer match between Germany and the Czech Republic in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020.AP
By Jason Kates | MassLive
Germany begins its journey toward qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on Thursday when it takes on Iceland in a Group J matchup. It’ll be Germany’s first contest since manager Joachim Löw announced he would be stepping down following this summer’s European Championship,
but will be without players such as Toni Kroos and Niklas Süle through injury. Still, the Germans flaunt a side that includes Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, and Bayern Munich duo Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. For Iceland, Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will be the anchor for a nation looking to pull off the upset.
Thursday’s match will air on ESPN2 in English as well as TUDNxtra1 in Spanish. You can watch the games for free by signing up for a free trial of fuboTV or Sling.
Germany vs. Iceland (2022 World Cup Qualifiers)
Start time: 3:45 p.m. EST
TV channel: ESPN2, TUDNxtra1 (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast, Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.)
Live stream: WatchESPN / ESPN app | fuboTV | Sling | You can watch the game (and most of the streaming broadcasts) online using your cable login credentials via TUDN as well as WatchESPN / ESPN app. If you don’t have cable, you can sign up for fuboTV and Sling (or use their free trial) to watch online.
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A look at what’s happening in 2022 World Cup qualifying in Europe on Thursday:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to make his return to international soccer after an absence of nearly five years when Sweden plays Georgia. The 39-year-old AC Milan striker has come out of international retirement ahead of this summer’s European Championship, having last played for Sweden at Euro 2016.
Spain hosts Greece in its first game since a 6-0 rout of Germany in the Nations League last year. Coach Luis Enrique has added a group of talented youngsters to the squad, including 18-year-old Barcelona playmaker Pedri González. The coach will not be able to count on injured striker Gerard Moreno.
After failing to qualify for the last World Cup for the first time in six decades, Italy will be extra keen to get its campaign off to a positive start when it hosts Northern Ireland. Under Roberto Mancini, Italy hasn’t lost in its past 22 matches and is just eight games shy of equaling the Azzurri’s record undefeated streak.
It has only lost once to Northern Ireland, in nine meetings, although that defeat saw it fail to qualify for the 1958 World Cup. Italy will be without Chelsea’s Jorginho, who has been a regular starter under Mancini, and Roma’s Bryan Cristante in midfield through injury.
But Inter Milan midfielders Nicolò Barella and Stefano Sensi have been allowed to join up with the Italy team by the local health authority following a coronavirus outbreak at the Serie A club. Italy has conceded just three goals in its last 12 matches and that will pose more problems for the Northern Ireland attack,
which is already without forwards Liam Boyce and Conor Washington. Bulgaria hosts Switzerland in the other Group C match. Switzerland is hoping to qualify for a fifth successive World Cup for the first time. Bulgaria has not reached the World Cup finals since 1998 where it went out in the group stage, four years after an impressive fourth-place finish.
Denmark is the only team in the group to have qualified for the World Cup this century, reaching the round of 16 in 2018, and Kasper Hjulmand’s side opens against Israel. Scotland, which is playing at the European Championship this June after reaching its first men’s tournament since the 1998 World Cup, takes on Austria. The minnows meet with Moldova hosting the Faeroe Islands.