World champions Brazil will face European champions Greece in the group stage of the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Monday’s draw put Brazil in Group B with Japan, Mexico and Greece while Germany are joined in Group A by Tunisia and Australia plus Argentina.
“We’re delighted to be pitted against Brazil,” said Greece coach Otto Rehhagel after the draw made in the Alte Oper opera.
“Brazil are the standard everything is measured by. It’s going to be a highlight. We’ve already showed nothing is impossible.”
Germany coach Jurgen Klinsmann said he was looking forward to playing competitive matches.
“It’s going to be a good audition for the World Cup for us,” said Klinsmann, whose team qualify for the World Cup as hosts.
“We’re trying to improve with each friendly. We’re happy to be in the opening match against Australia. They have a good team, with good players all over Europe, especially in the (English) Premier League.”
Fixtures (times GMT):
Argentina v Tunisia (1600) Cologne
Germany v Australia (1845) Frankfurt
Japan v Mexico (1600) Hanover
Brazil v Greece (1845) Leipzig
Germany v Tunisia (1600) Cologne
Australia v Argentina (1845) Nuremberg
Mexico v Brazil (1600) Hanover
Greece v Japan (1845) Frankfurt
Australia v Tunisia (1845) Leipzig
Argentina v Germany (1845) Nuremberg
Greece v Mexico (1845) Frankfurt
Japan v Brazil (1845) Cologne
Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B (1600) Nuremberg
Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A (1600) Hanover
Third place match (1600) Leipzig
Final (1845) Frankfurt