International Friendly Preview: Poland - Germany
The DFB have been in blistering form as of late, and now hope to maintain their run of success against the Euro 2012 co-hosts
By Clark Whitney
Szczesny; Glowacki, Wojtkowiak, Jodlowiec, Wawrzyniak; Murawski, Dudka; Blaszczykowski, Obraniak, Mierzejewski; Lewandowski
After using an experimental squad in Friday's 1-1 draw with Mexico, Poland are expected to be at full strength as they square off against nearby giants. Wojciech Szczesny should return to play in goal, and will be given cover by centre-backs Tomas Jodlowiec and Grzegorz Wojtkowiak. Coach Franciszek Smuda may opt to shuffle his midfield, but Robert Lewandowski should be a certainty for a starting role in the centre of attack.
Wiese; Trasch, Mertesacker, Hummels, Lahm; Rolfes, Kroos; Muller, Gotze, Podolski; Klose
Joachim Low sent home star trio Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger on Saturday, meaning that he is bound to make several changes to his line-up. DFB media director Harald Stenger confirmed in a Sunday press conference that Tim Wiese will start in goal, and Per Mertesacker and Mario Gotze will also be in Low's XI.
Benedikt Howedes is doubtful with a groin problem, and Sven Bender was forced to return home after picking up an ankle knock. Low called up Bender's twin brother, Lars, for the first time on Sunday, and while the 22-year old has a chance to start, Leverkusen team-mate Simon Rolfes is likely to be preferred in defensive midfield.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- Poland met Germany at both the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2008; they lost both matches, by an aggregate 3-0 score.
- Five Polish players ply their trade in Germany; skipper Jakub Blaszczykowski and forward Robert Lewandowski won the Bundesliga title with Dortmund last year.
- Franciszek Smuda's men have lost just one of their last five games, and most notably earned a 2-1 win over Argentina in June.
- Germany duo Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski were born in Poland. Between them, they have scored 105 goals in 212 caps for Germany.
- The DFB have won all eight of their Euro 2012 qualifiers, and six of eight friendly and competitive matches in the 2011 calendar year.
- Klose is the second-most capped German footballer in history, and is just six goals shy of Gerd Muller's record of 68 goals for the DFB team.
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Top 3 Predictions
Poland 0-3 Germany
- 16.32 %
Poland 1-3 Germany
- 13.99 %
Poland 1-4 Germany
- 10.36 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Sep 6, 2011||Poland 2 - Germany 2|
|UEFA European Championship (EC)||Jun 8, 2008||Germany 2 - Poland 0|
|World Cup Qualification 2006 (WC)||Jun 14, 2006||Germany 1 - Poland 0|
|Mar 5, 2014||Poland 0 - Scotland 1||FR|
|Jan 20, 2014||Moldova 0 - Poland 1||FR|
|Jan 18, 2014||Poland 3 - Norway 0||FR|
|Nov 19, 2013||Poland 0 - Ireland 0||FR|
|Nov 15, 2013||Poland 0 - Slovakia 2||FR|
The Dortmund striker has plenty of pace and skill, which could trouble the rather sluggish German back-line. Lewandowski has been known to play some clever passes, and his movement and link-up play with his support staff may well create a goal or more.
Low's early dismissal of Ozil was a testament to how highly he regards Gotze his rising playmaking star. The 19-year old had an immense game against Brazil in August, and in just five minutes of play against Austria, managed to score with a clinical finish.
Poland are no easy team to beat at home, but Germany have been in irresistible form in recent months, and even with several key players having already gone home, will be favourites.
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