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  • March 26, 2011
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Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Germany - Kazakhstan

Euro 2012 Qualifying Preview: Germany - Kazakhstan

Germany aim to extend their lead in Group A as Kazakhstan look to earn their first point.


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Germany: Neuer - Lahm, Mertesacker, Hummels, Aogo - Khedira, Schweinsteiger - Mueller, Oezil, Podolski - Klose

Germany


Kazakhstan: Sidelnikov - Kislitsyn Abdulin, Kirov, Rozhkov - Zhumaskaliyev, Averchenko, Karpovich, Nurgaliyev - Ostapenko - Khizhnichenko

Kazakhstan




DID YOU KNOW?
  • Germany have won all four of their Euro qualifiers thus far, averaging a three-goal margin of victory.
  • Dortmund starlet Sven Bender could earn his first senior cap.
  • Should he appear, Miroslav Klose will move to within one cap of Juergen Klinsmann, who is second in Germany's list of most frequently used internationals.
  • Klose is nine goals short of equalling Gerd Mueller's record for goals in a Germany shirt.
  • Lukas Podolski is 17 strikes short of Klose; his next goal will see him pass Michael Ballack and draw level with Uwe Seeler for sixth place on Germany's scoring list.
  • Kazakhstan have yet to score in Euro qualifying.
  • Kazakh club Aktobe lost 8-3 on aggregate against Werder Bremen in a 2009 Europa League play-off.
  • Last October's match was the first ever meeting between Kazakhstan and Germany.
  • Heinrich Schmidtgal, a Kazakh-born midfielder of German heritage, earned his third international cap against the country of his forefathers in October. He will miss Saturday's match with a knee injury.
  • Germany native Bernd Storck worked as an assistant coach at Hertha Berlin, Wolfsburg and Dortmund before taking the helm at Kazakhstan in 2008.

LAST MEETING

 Germany

October 12, 2010: Kazakhstan 0-3 Germany

Germany extended their perfect run in qualifying with a comfortable win on foreign soil. Kazakhstan kept a clean sheet during the first half, but Miroslav Klose (48'), Mario Gomez (76') and Lukas Podolski (85') each netted for Germany after the break.

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