Low keeps Germany starting XI secret to fight mole - report

To prevent leaks to the media, the national team coach has reportedly made the decision not to inform his players who will start until shortly before kick-off
Joachim Low will not reveal his starting XI for Germany's Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy until a few hours before kick-off in order to fight the mole who has been leaking team information to the German press.

The Mannschaft coach reshuffled his forward line for the quarter-final against Greece, but the fresh look did not come as a surprise to many after newspaper Bild 'predicted' the team-sheet well before the match kicked off.

In the past, Low has met all of his players individually to explain their role in the team, but now he will not tell them who will make up the starting XI until the general team meeting at 17:30CET.

"Who says we'll announce the starting XI in the late afternoon? We might tell the players only shortly before kick-off," team manager Oliver Bierhoff said during a press conference.

Thursday's semi-final in Warsaw kicks off at 20:45CET.