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Germany U-21 Coach Rainer Adrion Sets Sights On Euro 2013

Germany U-21 Coach Rainer Adrion Sets Sights On Euro 2013

Germany U-21 coach Rainer Adrion is looking forward to the 2013 European Championships.

Just over three weeks after his team suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to Iceland and failed to qualify for the 2011 U-21 European Championships, Germany coach Rainer Adrion has signalled his intent for a better showing ahead of the next European youth tournament in 2013.

"After the disappointing qualifying result we have a good opportunity to build a new team under competitive conditions," he said according to

Indeed, competition will be fierce in Germany's new team. Last weekend alone, U-21 eligibles Konstantin Rausch, Patrick Herrmann and Mario Goetze scored goals in Bundesliga appearances, and were among a much large number of top performers at their age level.

"The preparation period of one year is of great benefit for us," Adrion added, citing that the next year offers "much time for viewing" the German talent pool.

Germany's U-21 team won the 2009 European Championships, but failed to qualify for the 2011 competition. With many members of the successful U-17 side of yesteryear eligible for the 2013 tournament, however, Germany have bright prospects heading into their next qualifiers.

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