Photos (Top to Bottom): Germany midfielder Michael Ballack will captain the side against the Socceroos; Oliver Bierhof (right), the team manager of Germany, fancies his side's chances against Australia [Photos by Walter Pless ]
Australia have drawn a tough group for next year’s World Cup finals in South Africa.
The Socceroos are in Group D, together with Germany, Serbia and Ghana.
If we qualify for the second round, we will have done extremely well.
New Zealand probably have an easier group as they face Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia in Group F.
The Brazilians may be tested in Group G, where they have to negotiate North Korea, Ivory Coast and Portugal.
The host nation, South Africa, may well exit after the first round as they face Mexico, Uruguay and France.
The groups are:
Group A: South Africa, Mexico, Uruguay, France
Group B: Argentina, Nigeria, Greece, South Korea
Group C: England, USA, Algeria, Slovenia
Group D: Germany, Australia, Serbia, Ghana
Group E: Netherlands, Denmark, Japan, Cameroon
Group F: Italy Paraguay, New Zealand, Slovakia
Group G: Brazil, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Portugal
Group H: Spain, Switzerland, Honduras, Chile