Quiz! Can you name the Germany line-up from the 2002 World Cup match against United States?

Michael Ballack of Germany takes the ball past Tony Sanneh of the USA during the FIFA World Cup Finals 2002 Quarter Finals match played at the Ulsan-Munsu World Cup Stadium, in Ulsan, South Korea on June 21, 2002. Germany won the match 1-0.
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Three minutes on the clock, 14 players to guess.

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June 21 2002 was a Sliding Doors moment for the United States. Men's soccer had never been in the spotlight like this before.

And when the Stars and Stripes met three-time champions Germany in the last eight, they were the better team for most of the game. A corner came in for now-manager Gregg Berhalter, he got a foot to it and it was cleared off the line… by a German hand. 

A penalty wasn't given and the Germans triumphed 1-0. They managed to get all the way to the final in Japan and South Korea, getting beaten 2-0 by an R9-supercharged Brazil. 

We'll never know if the path of a sport could have been altered forever in that moment – and today, we're just looking for you to tell us the Germans who played that day. How many can you name in three minutes? 


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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.