Germany have been the most consistent international team of this century, but they have failed to reach the final of the World Cup in their last two attempts.
Back in 2002, Die Mannschaft reached the final of the world’s biggest football tournament, but went down to Brazil. It is the same opposition who stand between them and a place in the final this time.
Three-time world champions Germany reached the semi-finals in 2006 and 2010, and they will certainly be determined to take the next step this time.
Andre Schurrle has now urged his countrymen to support the team against the Selecao tonight. The 23-year-old Chelsea forward took to social networking site Twitter on the eve of the clash (local time) to post the following picture and message:
We are ready for tomorrow!!! Let's go Germany!!! All together!! pic.twitter.com/PMz9q84Yc1— André Schürrle (@Andre_Schuerrle) July 8, 2014
Brazil are without two of their key players, defender Thiago Silva and forward Neymar.
While the former is suspended for tonight’s semi-final tie at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte, the latter has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with injury.
However, the hosts will have the backing of 200 million people, and it will not be easy for Germany to get a result tonight.