Euro 2012 Preview: Germany

Euro 2012 Preview: Germany
Joachim Low
Winners 1996 (Also 1972 & 1980)
Qualifying Group A Winners
1 (Jun 1994)
22 (Mar 2006)
3/1 (bet365)
June 9th – Portugal (1945 BST, Lviv, BBC)
June 13th – Holland (1945 BST, Kharkiv, BBC)
June 17th – Denmark (1945 BST, Lviv, ITV)

The barrier to success in Germany’s last three tournaments have been the eventual winners with the Germans losing out on home soil to Italy in the 2006 World Cup and the Spaniards in the Euro 2008 Final and the 2010 World Cup semi-finals.

The thing is recent German sides have done away with the traditional German style of dour efficiency and replaced it with a free flowing attacking style that is more than pleasing on the eye.The Germans also walked qualifying with them winning 10 out of 10 – something a German side had never achieved before. A home loss to France in a friendly reminded fans that Germany are beatable though and themselves and Spain aren’t the only contenders for the title.

The German strength is not built on a sturdy defence but on the strength of the attackers. Miroslav Klose is still about and still scoring goals and with his tendency to score in tournaments may be preferred to Mario Gomez in the 4-2-3-1 system.

Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil should play “in the hole” with Lukas Podolski and Thomas Muller likely to play on the flanks although Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze are also options.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira should play the holding role in midfield.

The German vulnerability is in defence, Philipp Lahm is still a quality full back but the rest is much of a muchness, Per Mertesacker has had a very difficult season at Arsenal, Mats Hummels is good but inexperienced and the rest have yet to really produce on the international stage although Manuel Neuer is a fine keeper.

Since rejecting Poland in favour of Germany in 2001, Klose has gone on to become the most prolific striker in German history netting 63 times in 114 games.

Noted for his aerial power and his tendency to score headed goals, Klose can still bang them in the back of the net despite his age. He’s enjoyed an Indian summer at Lazio this year.

Euro 2012 could be his last chance to shine, could he finally lift a trophy?

Heavily fancied to win and with good reason too, Germany have defeated several of the world’s best in recent times, their utter annihilation of Argentina in South Africa was perhaps the most impressive result of the lot but Brazil,Uruguay,England and Holland have also felt the wrath of this German side.This German side has flair, creativity and is absolutely devastating on the counter.Joachim Low has moulded a young side together and this team could dominate the international scene for years but for all the accolades and enjoyment the German style has brought, it is yet to produce an international tournament win.
There’s no underestimating the Germans this time, they have the tools and ability to win it all.Germany are the team to beat.

Danny (D-Good)
Owls Alive
TWITTER: @OwlsAlive or @DGood83

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