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Germany Book Friendly Dates With France In 2012 And 2014

Germany have confirmed the dates of two friendly matches with France, to be played in 2012 and 2014.

The DFB revealed on Friday that die Mannschaft will host les Bleus on February 29, 2012, and will visit France on March 5, 2014.

Germany coach Joachim Loew told reporters after the announcement: "Like the match against Italy [in February] and against Uruguay and Brazil later this year, we can compare ourselves against teams that will challenge us considerably."

"It is an attractive challenge, expecially at the start of the Euro 2012 year."

The DFB also revealed that their international fixture against the Netherlands will take place in Hamburg on November 11, and that they will host Uruguay in May in Sinsheim, and will take on Brazil in Stuttgart, in August.

Loew has previously stated his intent to maintain Germany's momentum following last summer's third place finish at the World Cup.

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