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November 14, 2012 2:30 PM EST
Amsterdam ArenA — Amsterdam
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
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International Friendly Preview: Netherlands - Germany

Oranje were eliminated from Euro 2012 by their arch rival, and will be hoping to exact revenge when they entertain Joachim Low's side on Wednesday.

By Enis Koylu

Lukas Podolski, Joachim Löw - Germany
Bongarts
  PROBABLE LINEUPS

NETHERLANDS

Krul
Van Rhijn, Heitinga, Martins Indi, Willems
Van Ginkel, De Jong, Van der Vaart
Kuyt, Huntelaar, Robben

GERMANY

Neuer
Howedes, Hummels, Mertesacker, Lahn
L. Bender, S. Bender
Muller, Gotze, Reus
Podolski

Netherlands will be missing a number of players for the visit of its neighbor. Maarten Stekelenburg's absence will afford Tim Krul a start in goal, while Gregory van der Wiel has not been included, leaving Ricardo van Rhijn to start at right back.

In midfield, Wesley Sneijder and Kevin Stootman are out, meaning that Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong could start in a trio with 19-year-old Vitesse star Marco van Ginkel, who will be making his first appearance for Oranje.

Dirk Kuyt, Arjen Robben and Ibrahim Afellay will all be competing for places on the wings, but Robin van Persie's thigh injury means that Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is almost guaranteed to start as a striker, though Bas Dost could make his international debut.

Meanwhile, Germany has also been hit with a host of withdrawals, allowing Joachim Low to experiment with some fringe players. Rene Adler has been called up and can expect to play some part in goal, but Manuel Neuer remains likely to start.

At the back, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Marcel Schmelzer are all out, so Philipp Lahm should switch to the left, with Per Mertesacker partnering Mats Hummels in the middle and Benedikt Howedes making a rare appearance on the right.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos are ill, while Sami Khedira and Mesut Ozil have knocks, allowing the Bender twins and Mario Gotze to take up the midfield positions. Injuries to Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose could give Lukas Podolski a rare start in the No.9 role.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Netherlands began life under Louis van Gaal with a friendly against another country with which it shares a border - Belgium.
  • Marco van Basten and Ronald Koeman scored as Oranje came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over West Germany en route to their only major title to date - Euro 1988.
  • A total of six players from Van Gaal's squad ply their trade in the Bundesliga, including Rafael van der Vaart and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (both pictured, right).
  • (West) Germany sealed its second World Cup triumph by coming from behind to beat Oranje 2-1 in Munich in 1974.
  • A host of Nationalelf regulars, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller were coached by Van Gaal during his time at Bayern Munich, which ended in 2011.
  • The 4-4 draw with Sweden last month was the first time that Germany had scored four goals and not won a match in its history.


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