Reigning Asian champions Japan are grouped with North Korea, while Australia will battle Saudi Arabia in penultimate qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
As Australia jockeys for the hosting rights of the 2022 World Cup in a few months, its fledgling domestic A-League competition is floundering.
Australia are among six sides vying for the last three spots at next year's Asian Cup in a tense final round of qualification games on Wednesday.
Germany will be under enormous pressure to win their opening World Cup game against Australia - and that suits the Socceroos, goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer said.
Skipper Lucas Neill has targeted the qualifier against Oman in Melbourne on Wednesday as the turnaround in Australia's fortunes for the 2011 Asian Cup.