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Ireland v Germany: A history

GERMANY have managed to keep just one clean sheet in their last seven games.

THE Germans have never lost a World Cup qualifier away from home.

Ireland and Germany have only ever played each other three times in competitive internationals, with two draws and a 1-0 win for the Germans.

Germany have not dropped points in a qualifying game in over three years.

Miroslav Klose needs just five more goals to beat Gerd Muller's all-time scoring record for the national team.

Noel Campbell was the last Irishman to win a senior cap while playing for a German club, when the then Fortuna Koln man played against Bulgaria in 1977.

Three German-based players have been capped at underage level by Ireland. Patrick Kolhmann won five U-21 caps while on the books of Borussia Dortmund (2003-04), Selcuk Tidim played for our U-17s while at St Pauli, and a lad called Jason Byrne played for the Irish U-19s against Germany, while attached to regional side Kirchein in 2000.

Former U-21 cap Kohlmann, who was born in Dortmund but qualified for Ireland through his Meath-born maternal grandparents, made one Bundesliga appearance for Borussia Dortmund and is currently with second division side Union Berlin.

Ireland's worst defeat in a competitive international at any level was a 8-0 loss for our U-21 side away to Germany in March 1993.

It's over 13 years since an Irish side beat Germany at any level - Brian Kerr's U-18 side had a 2-1 win over the Germans in a friendly in Kilkenny in September 1999. John O'Shea played that day and Dwayne Mattis scored the winner for Ireland.

Drumcondra were the first Irish club to win against a German side, beating Bayern Munich 1-0 in the old Fairs Cup back in 1962, Drums won again against some Germans when they beat Eastern side Vorwarts Berlin in the Cup Winners Cup in 1965. Schalke 04 went down 2-1 to Shamrock Rovers in Dublin in 1969, and Bohemians were the only Irish club to win on German soil, beating Kaiserslautern in 2000.