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Euro 2012 Spotlight - Germany
FifaXX (Napoli) 2 years ago
Looks like only 14% of the people who voted in this pole were correct
Whiplasher2 (Bayern München) 2 years ago
Germany is a very good team. The Germans have done very well recently in competition. 2nd in 2002 WC, 3rd in 2006 WC, 2nd in 2008 Euro and 3rd in the 2010 WC. A trend that is easy to see, is the Germans fall short when it is their time to shine. They are a great squad and need a few veteran players, such as Klose and Schweinsteiger, to really step up and lead the team to victory. The Bayern players are going to be hungry, seeking redemption for the crushing loss the Chelsea. If Germany works together, has a few players step up and lead the unit, mixed with some talented youth, Germany can win the Euro.

Peace
Dtouch (Ajax) 2 years ago
Netherlands 4 - 1 Germany
Piggedy (Borussia Dortmund) 2 years ago
Cute.... I also had a dream the other day. Robben was top assistant of the Champions league!.... But then I woke up and all was back to normal...
Rezatnt (Barcelona) 2 years ago
Germans are fantastics !

Pressing with high quality ! In every line they have really impressive players, and mostly they are hungry for success !

And have decent way up to semifinals !

RouslanH (Chelsea) 2 years ago
I also think Germany is going to win. I mean look at them, young, strong, technical, and very organized
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
Yup man so right, its going to be a fantastic Euro and I think we can do it, we have everything needed. With the young, the experienced, the leaders, the scorers, the goalie the creativity, I can't wait!
Jeroen (Barcelona) 2 years ago
Just had to say I love Matt's possibly true trivia. It's also rumoured German players go into an uncontrollable rage when you present them with a logical paradox
[account-removed] 2 years ago
The curse of group be!  Beware!  All have lost and not for the last time...
Greyphantom (Borussia Dortmund) 2 years ago
I'm just sayin one thing:
Substitutions:
Out: Podolski In: Schürle/ Götze

Out: Müller In: Reus/ Götze

Out: Schweinsteiger In: Kroos

And just remember the CB's. Holy crap. This team has so many equal players.
The only weak point may be the 2nd Wing-back. Schmelzer didn't show so much yet
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
Great team with young stars (ozil, Mueller, Kroos, etc) and some good leaders(podolski, Klose, Schweinstieger, Lahm, Mertesacker etc). I'm excited for them to play, there going to have some good lineups with bench, and germany going to win!
Cjaystacks (Manchester United) 2 years ago
Yes its obvious that most people say that spain will beat germany if they meet before the final but I don't think so, the germans will get their revenge this time and go on to win the euros
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
Germany going to win it! I'm excited!
SKool (Arsenal) 2 years ago
I have been supporting the Germans in the last 3 competitions, but it end badly in the end. It was a hard defeat to take in that 2008 final loss, but I think this could be their time. Great manager, great team, and a great spur of youth for many years to come.

Achiox (Manchester United) 2 years ago
I'm not sure how far the Germans will make it - losing to Switzerland in that friendly match was a bit of an embarrassment, seeing as so many star German players were fielded during that game. Getting far in the tournament shouldn't be hard for them though, they have a good selection of players available to rotate around the lineup.

Let's just hope Mertesacker and Hummels wake up for when the games really matter; Neuer can only do so much for them!
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
They will do fantastic, that was just a game they didn't have all best playing and was just high scoring game good for Switzerland. They just won vs Israel and that's a postive way to go into Euro's. I'm so excited for Euro's! Germany will do well, I think Netherlands and Germany will advance, Portugal I don't think will
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
Germany!
Schweinsteiger (Bayern München) 2 years ago
@Achiox
You have to remember also that Germany was missing ALL of the FC Bayern players for that game, and that really makes a difference. At least half of the starting line-up is FCB players, so the game vs Switzerland was just a bit of practice for some players and for Jogi Löw narrow down the squad a bit, too
Crxxx (Bayern München) 2 years ago
In addition to the previous replies: If I recall correctly, Spain did also lose to Switzerland in the last WC before they went all the way! That looks like a good omen to me!
Dtouch (Ajax) 2 years ago
You all put way too much stock into friendlies...
CFLNHLFIFAFAN (Chelsea) 2 years ago
I'm more then excited about the Euro's to start! I'm huge Germany fan and I know Germany look very strong this year and I think will make finals and even win the tournament. With players like Neuer in net and Ozil, and players from past tournaments like Schweinsteiger, Lahm, Podolski, Klose, Gomez, Mertesacker! I love Germany, I remember watching the Euro 2008 a bit and enjoying it. Then the World Cup was a treat in 2010, love how Germany played a got far, we have a young squad with still experience, Ozil, Mueller, Kroos, etc. We have good goal keeper, and strong defence, along with a very good solid impact Midfielder core, with strong Strikers and offensive forwards with Podolski and Klose, Gomez, etc. I'm very excited for the Euros to start, I think we will get far. I don't know if its possible to play Spain rematch in final but that be fantastic and would love it! Germany going to do great, we do have a fairly tough group but a win vs Portugal I think we will advance with Netherlands and I'm excited! Come on Germany!
Jeroen (Barcelona) 2 years ago
I think they'll get to the semis and lose to the Spanish masters again. Spain seems to be the favourites, again, if you ask me. They'll sure miss Villa, but Torres is back on song, and the entire team seems to be extremely strong overall. They'll have to settle some issues between the Real and Barça players though. Piqué and Ramos apparently want to skin each other alive
[account-removed] 2 years ago
To you they are favorites. To everyone else.... Germany are favorites
Jimmybreeze 2 years ago
Not really, they are tournament favourites. Germany is capable of achieving a lot but Spain is still the team to beat. Don't mistake potential for what is already there
Dtouch (Ajax) 2 years ago
As a neutral in this argument, Spain are not the favourites, Germany are. All pundits have been saying Germany are the favourites, with Spain and NL closely behind. We'll see whether youth (Germany) or experience (Spain, NL) wins out...
Jimmybreeze 2 years ago
Punditry is different to outright odds at a bookmakers. You should go along by that. And if you check all the major odds makers you will find they have Spain down as favourites on most occassions, sometimes Spain and Germany as joint favourites.
What Alan Shearer and Sol Campell say in this argument shouldn't matter anything. Spain are and will be the favourites as long as they remain as formiddable as they are
ManOnDMoon (Manchester City) 2 years ago
Hold on a sec.... They could meet Spain in semi-final. I think Germany to final (not winner hehe)
Jaggura (Hertha BSC) 2 years ago
Given both teams finish first in their groups, Germany and Spain can only meet in the final
Dtouch (Ajax) 2 years ago
You make it a given that germany will finish top in their group.... Hmmm
Premoli (Werder Bremen) 2 years ago
Netherländs won't finish on top
Footytubeblog (Blog) 2 years ago


FIFA World Ranking
2

Tournament Odds
3/1

Key Players
Manuel Neuer– DF – 25 Caps, 0 Goals
Mesut Özil– MF - 32 Caps, 8 Goals
Miroslav Klose – ST – 115 Caps, 63 Goals


Team Rating


Group
B: Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Denmark

Notable Facts
  • Scored 34 goals and maintained a 100% record in qualifying for Euro 2012.

  • Have one of the youngest teams at Euro 2012 but still 5 players with over 80 caps a piece.

  • Have won the European Championships more times than any other team (3).


Germany’s Chances
Even though Germans were devastated to be knocked out by Spain at the semi-final stage of the 2010 World Cup and it was only one corner and Puyol header that separated the sides, there was a sense afterwards that if the tournament had come a year or two later the German side would have perhaps gone all the way. Well, it’s two years later now and it may well be that the time has come for an overdue German victory but perhaps even more than that.

The likes of the exceptionally talented Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, Lukas Padolski, Mario Gomez and goalkeeper Manuel Neuer were already household names in many parts of the world by 2010 and were helped further by having excellent tournaments in South Africa, yet all of them were in their early 20’s at the time and still at least a few years from their peaks, whilst the likes of Toni Kroos (only 20 at the time) and Mario Götze were little known outside the Bundesliga.

Now nearly all of these men have had the benefit of a major international tournament under their belts as well as plenty Champions League action and strong domestic campaigns with some of Europe’s top clubs whilst getting another couple of years closer to their expected primes they will be a very dangerous side indeed and without any doubt at all a genuine contender if not tournament favourites for those who can look beyond the past glories of Spain and focus on what is to come rather than what has been. Years of German dominance could start here.

This may well be the battle cry of many a commentator at Euro 2012. In 2008 and 2010 it was Spain’s time but Germany have now gone since 1996 (7 major tournaments) without lifting a trophy and not been ranked as the World number 1 team since 1993. For a team that has won 3 World Cups and 3 European Championships (more than any other team) in it’s history they are over due another and the timing is excellent for their current crop of super stars, though if they do miss out their young men will be right on their peak ages at the 2014 World Cup so you can bet your bottom dollar we’ll hear the same battle cry again.

The German’s tournament qualification history is impeccable, apart from being banned from the 1950 World Cup (for reasons which should be obvious to anyone with even the slightest grasp of history), and the 1 European Championships failure in 1968 they have qualified for every World Cup and European Championships they have entered in their history. Even though they failed to get past the Group stages of the European Championships in 2000 and again in 2004. They have appeared in the final match in 6 of the 10 Euro's they have qualified for.

Their qualification campaign for Euro 2012 was typically brilliant, they and Spain were the only teams to maintain a 100% record and only the Netherlands managed to score more than Germany’s 34 in 10 games with no fewer than 6 German players managing to score 3 or more goals during qualifying, trust us, that represents a very good spread including a stupendous 9 goals in 6 appearances for tournament specialist Mario Klose and we haven’t even had time to mention the fact that the likes of Lahm and Schweinsteiger are still making their presence felt on the world football stage.

The draw may appear to have given the Germans the toughest group but if they win the Group they will meet the runner up of “easy” Group A and then either Italy or Croatia in the Semi-Final meaning they will avoid Spain and Holland in the knock out stages until the final game of the tournament.

Oh and if you were really picking nits you could argue that at 28 (which makes him one of the oldest players in the team), Philipp Lahm has one too many P’s and one too few L’s in his name but you definitely couldn’t say the German side lacks experience, these players may be young but there are at least 5 in the squad with more than 80 caps a piece which is the same number as Spain and 2 more than Netherlands (who are both considered to have a fairly “old” sides these days).

“Araz Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 90%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Winners

“Matt Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 80%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Finalist

Matt's Possibly True Trivia

  • The organisation in the German set up is at such a level the grass on the training pitches is simply told how tall to grow.

  • On Tuesdays the current German squad love nothing more than creating and perfecting inticate synchronised swimming routines.









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Greatwhitezomb (Arsenal) 2 years ago
Wait, hold up.... Who the f*ck is Mario Klose!?!?
Jaysetsfire69 (Borussia Dortmund) 2 years ago
Sounds like a very deadly mix, the perfect striker



   
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