Preview; Germany Euro 2012

Fifa Ranking 
Joachim “Jogi” Löw – Quietly spoken but his dealings with the team have left no doubt about his inner steel. A good assistant to Klinsmann at World Cup 2006 but has since taken over furnishing the team with technique and power. 52 years of age and credit to him, Germany is back in the right direction.
Phillip Lahm – Captains both the National side and his club Bayern Munich. Has played over 200 matches for Bayern and is the youngest ever player to captain a German side in a World Cup tournament (2010)
Star Players;
Mario Goetze, Mesut Oezil, Manuel Neuer
Germany has appeared in ten Euro finals but only won three.
Likely Formation
Provisional Squad; 
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (FC Bayern Munich), Marc Andre ter Stegen (Borussia Monchengladbach), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).
Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Bendedikt Hoewedes ( Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm ( Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal), Marcel Schmelzer ( Borussia Dortmund).
Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Sven Bender ( Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke), Mario Goetze ( Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Guendogan (Borussia Dortmund), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid), Lukas Podolski ( Cologne), Marco Reus (Monchengladbach), Andre Schuerrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich).
Strikers: Cacau (Stuttgart), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Miroslav Klose (Lazio Rome).
No lies about this, Germany are rocking right now. Anyday, I would go for this team. But now let’s face the facts and see how it is in the German camp.
The team boasts of quality in all aspects as you are about to see. I doubt if there’s any big injury concern going into the Euro’s but take note. The quality in this team may force others to act as bench warmers. 3 more players are yet to be dropped from this side I mentioned up here, but with that still, I would still come up with the squad I think Low would play.
Germany predominantly play a 4-2-3-1 formation and with the team gelled more on each other rather than personal attributes, a proper understanding of the players and maximum concentration is needed throughout the 90. Manuel Neuer should stand tall in goal with the left back position taken by Captain Lahm while the right back by Jerome Boateng. In case Boateng is subbed, I expect Lahm to move to his position and maybe allow a player in the likes of Marcel Schmelzer take his position. Central defense has some pretty good names. Just depends with the type of match Low wants; Aerial ability or steel. Benedikt Höwedes has been a very good defender for Schalke this season and I pray he starts though he missed the 2010 world cup. Another figure is Per (Arsenal), been so effective but sometimes his pace lets him down. Pin point in his tackling and when height is needed would be a crisp perfect option. In this right, Low himself knows whom he’ll choose for the two defensive slots,, Mats Hummels though i think should be a good partner to Per. Badstuber has established himself in this squad but regarding that perfomance in South Africa, what will Low decide?
The 2-3-1 upfront is a much more complicated affair. Several players with very good capabilities but sadly, some may have to warm the bench and wait for the medals. The 2 anchoring roles should be played by Bastian Schweinsteiger on the right and Khedira the Real Madrid man on the left. You don’t have to guess though who the mainman will be, Mesut Oezil should be the lone ranger, creative and free to roam, he should be able to link play with the wings of Podolski on the left and Muller on the right. Oezil should either give way to Mario Goetze or Marco Reus. How Low plays his cards here, he knows best. Lastly, not the least either is the front line. Gomez, Klose should be alternated; meanwhile Cacau of Struttgart too can play the part. 
Obviously, this is not going to be the squad but a sneak preview of what to expect. 
They have no option but to top this group. Netherlands fans forgive me, but I beg to think, second place for you won’t be bad. 
Germans love football, expect to see the white and black in droves. Meanwhile don’t be shocked to see Angela Dorothea Merkel the German Chancellor, she loves football, that I know.
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Apart from Spain(2008, 2010) and France(1998, 2000), Germany is the only country to have held the FIFA World Cup and the Euro Cup at the same time (1972, 1974) but then were known as West Germany.
  1. I would opt for Neuer – Lahm (RB), Hummels, Mertesacker, Schmelzer – Schweini, Khedira – Podolski, Özil, Kroos – Klose. I think it’s imperative the back four play in their natural positions. I pick Per for experience and Matts for his all-roundedness. Kroos offers alternative creativity and can switch play with Özil. Klose is more experienced and this system suits him more, and plus, he always seems to score when he plays for the Die Mannschaft

    • What would be your reason for kroos and not Muller? A tournament is about goals goals and more goals. Lahm is good player and able to play either on the left or the right. You are right though on Schmelzer, he is a typical LB.

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