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The Germany coach has made it clear that he's of the opinion that his team is well placed to launch a challenge in South Africa...

Germany were paired with Australia, Ghana and Serbia in Group D of the 2010 World Cup, but national team coach Jochim Loew isn't afraid of the any of their group opponents, stating that Germany are even better than in 2006 and 2008.

Germany finished third at the 2006 World Cup which they hosted and were runners-up to Spain at Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland.

"Tactically we're stronger than in 2006 and 2008," Loew said in an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

"We haven't shown this ability during all our qualifiers. But when matches became crucial, such as against Russia, we gave an extremely good tactical showing. We wouldn't have been capable of that four years ago.

Loew made it clear that the other teams in Group D shouldn't be underestimated though.

"Those who talk of a lucky draw are badly informed. Serbia play an incredibly good level of football, technically perfect and very fast, while Ghana are physical, with great speed and lots of stamina.

"Australians fear no-one and nothing," he added. "The players take risks with their British-inspired attitude and have a very positive attitude."

Stefan Coerts, Goal.com

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