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Germany v Japan: World Cup 2022 – live – The Guardian

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Incidentally, this match is being broadcast in the UK on Independent Television. On that subject, our media editor Jim Waterson reports …

ITV will continue to take Saudi Arabian money to promote the country as an exciting tourist destination, despite highlighting the Gulf nation’s poor human rights record during the World Cup.

ITV broadcast a special report on Saudi Arabia during the country’s unexpected 2-1 victory over Argentina on Tuesday. The report featured the case of Loujain Al-Hathloul, who led a successful campaign in 2018 to lift the ban on a woman’s right to drive in Saudi Arabia but was later found guilty of crimes against the Saudi state.

The ITV report also told football fans the killing of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country’s Istanbul embassy and reported claims that the purchase of Newcastle United by the Saudi Public Investment Fund’s is intended to distract from such incidents.

Yet following the bold broadcast viewers were shown upbeat adverts during the same programme, paid for by Visit Saudi Arabia – an arm of the Saudi government – promoting the country as an exciting new tourist destination.

An ITV spokesperson said that “as an ad-funded channel, we take our responsibility to our viewers very seriously” and all ITV advertising is approved pre-transmission to meet both legal and industry requirements.

But while legal, the decision of ITV – and other European broadcasters showing the advert – to take the Saudi money highlights the challenges of scrutinising sportswashing and human rights abuses while still trying to make money as a commercial broadcaster.

The teams are out! Germany wear their famous white shirt – with a huge black stripe running down the middle of it – while Japan are in first-choice blue. We’ll be off soon, just after the anthems. “I know that Rewe, it’s near the Natural History Museum,” writes Tim Woods. “It really is a top-notch supermarket. Up there with the Waitrose in Twickenham, and that’s not an honour I toss about lightly.”

Up in armbands. The One Love debate rumbles on, with German vice chancellor Robert Habeck telling ZDF: “I am not the media advisor of the DFB (German FA) and I am not Manuel Neuer but the opportunity is there. I’m a politician trying to do my job properly, but what would happen if it happened now? I would like to know and I would take my chances.”

Meanwhile Germany’s interior minister Nancy Faeser, on a visit to a DFB event in Doha, has called Fifa’s stance on the issue “a grave mistake”, adding: “This is not alright, how federations are being put under pressure. These were not the security guarantees I had received from [Qatar’s] interior minister. In today’s times it is incomprehensible that Fifa does not want people to openly stand for tolerance and against discrimination. It does not fit in our times and it is not appropriate towards people.”

Like the English FA, the DFB decided to u-turn on its decision to wear the rainbow armband under pressure from Fifa. As a result, Rewe, one of Germany’s biggest supermarkets, has ditched its advertising campaign with the DFB.

This aesthetically pleasing branch of Rewe in Berlin registers 9/10 on our Booths-o-meter
This aesthetically pleasing branch of Rewe in Berlin registers 9/10 on our Booths-o-meter Photograph: Eden Breitz/Alamy

Yuki Kobayashi isn’t in the Japan squad. But the 22-year-old centre-back is nevertheless in the news today. He’s agreed to leave J-League club Vissel Kobe for Celtic. He’ll join the Scottish champions at the start of December, and will be eligible to play once the registration window opens in January.

Manuel Neuer becomes the first goalkeeper to play in four consecutive World Cup finals for Germany. Thomas Muller, who has not played a full 90 minutes since September, starts up front. Celtic striker Daizen Maeda leads the line for Japan.

The teams

Germany: Neuer, Sule, Rudiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Gnabry, Muller, Musiala, Havertz.
Subs: Ginter, Kehrer, Goretzka, Fullkrug, Gotze, Trapp, Klostermann, Brandt, Hofmann, Sane, Gunter, ter Stegen, Adeyemi, Kotchap, Moukoko.

Japan: Gonda, Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Tanaka, Endo, Junya Ito, Kamada, Kubo, Maeda.
Subs: Kawashima, Yamane, Taniguchi, Shibasaki, Doan, Mitoma, Minamino, Morita, Tomiyasu, Asano, Machino, Ueda, Schmidt, Soma, Hiroki Ito.


Which Germany are going to turn up this time, then? The one that spanked Brazil 7-1 en route to winning the 2014 World Cup? Or the rabble beaten by Mexico and South Korea four years later, in their worst showing at a finals for eight decades? That 3-3 draw with England a couple of months ago doesn’t really answer the question, does it.

Hansi Flick’s men haven’t been firing on all cylinders recently. They shipped that two-goal lead at Wembley, lost at home to Hungary, and only beat Oman 1-0 last week. But they do have plenty of in-form Bayern Munich players to call on – Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry – and four players (Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Matthias Ginter and captain Manuel Neuer) who were around in 2014 and know exactly how it’s done.

They’re still sixth-favourites to lift the trophy next month, behind Brazil, England, France, Argentina (yes, still) and Spain. And as the 11th-best side in the world according to the Fifa rankings, they should have enough to deal with Japan, ranked 24 and priced at 475-1 to become champions. But then the same was said about the Koreans four years ago. In any case, the Samurai Blue have plenty Bundesliga quality of their own, including Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada, Wataru Endo of Stuttgart and defender Maya Yoshida, once of Southampton but now at Schalke, so Die Mannschaft will know they’ll be given a game this afternoon. Kick off is at 1pm GMT, 4pm at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. انه يحدث! It’s on!

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