Considering they invented the word 'schadenfreude', you'd think the Germans would be a bit more wary about setting themselves up for a fall.
However, that's exactly what they have done by booking their base in South Africa for next year's World Cup finals even though they are yet to confirm their qualification.
The way things stand in Group Four, with Germany top of the group with Russia one point behind, means they are odds on for a play-off spot at the very least, but this pre-emptive move is asking for trouble.
To make matters even more interesting, the website for the five star Velmore Grande Hotel in Pretoria promises that "the expected date for the Grand Opening of Velmore Grande Hotel is the 19th of November 2009", which conjures up the image of shaky camcorder footage of a vexed Joachim Loew standing in front of a building site where the hotel should be come next summer.
However, with a home clash against Azerbaijan and Russia facing a lacklustre Wales at the Millennium Stadium, which is expected to fill up to around a third of its 75,000-capacity this evening, the Germans could ensure they don't lose their deposit.
England fans, too, are carrying on as though their side have already got their name in the hat for 2010 (if we're speaking literally, they would have their ball in the bowl, but that doesn't quite ring true).
As mentioned this morning, defeat against Croatia is by no means a disaster for England, but there are more than enough examples of teams assuming they have done enough, only to fall at the last hurdle, for Fabio Capello to let his side relax just yet.
Capello looked angry enough when Slovenia scored their late goal on Saturday thanks to Glen Johnson and Joleon Lescott (combined transfer fees: £40m) both dozing off - imagine what colour his face would turn if they somehow let this slip.
One team who certainly can't afford count their chickens is Scotland. Lying second in Group Nine, they need all three points against the unbeaten Netherlands to have a realistic chance of qualifying, possibly with Cardiff's goalkeeper between the sticks against Robben, Huntelaar and co.
And if they manage to pull that bright orange rabbit out of the hat, then they still have to hope that Northern Ireland fail to win at home against Slovakia and Poland draw with Slovenia to guarantee them a play-off spot.
If neither or just one of those desired results become reality, then George Burley will face an agonising month-long wait for the final matches in all the other groups to discover if a) Scotland go through and b) he needs to start updating his CV.
Nigel Worthington will also be wary of over-celebrating a win at home to Slovakia this evening. Northern Ireland lost to the current group leaders - who have a game in hand - in Bratislava this time last year, and they will not fancy the final day trip to Prague if the Czech Republic still have an outside chance of qualifying.
All of which adds up to a real rarity for an international matchday - there are mouth-watering fixtures all over the place.
You can only watch one at a time (boo!), but you can follow every one of them LIVE here this evening (yay!).
Scotland v Netherlands LIVE: kick-off 19:30
Northern Ireland v Slovakia LIVE: kick-off 19:45
Wales v Russia LIVE: kick-off 19:45
England v Croatia LIVE: kick-off 20:00
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