Poland takes on Germany in a Bid to Test Themselves Ahead of Euro 2012
Germany defeated Austria 6-2 and qualified for the European Championships on the 2nd of September. Joachim Loew will look to try out new combinations against Poland.
Poland will open the Municipal Stadium in Gdansk. The Stadium will be used in Euro 2012. There were some safety concerns about the smoke alarms. The DFB has said that the friendly will go ahead anyways. Poland alongside Ukraine is the host nation for next year’s European Championships.
Joachim Loew has trimmed his squad ahead of the game. Mesut Özil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer will be rested for this match. They have been sent back to their respective clubs. Özil had a superb night against Austria as he scored twice and set up another goal.
Poland and Germany have met in two major competitions previously. Their meeting at the 2008 European Championship saw Germany come away 2-0 winners. Lukas Podolski had a magical night and struck two times. Germany ended the competition as finalists.
They also met at the 2006 World Cup. Germany ran out 1-0 winners then. The Germans dominated the match but just couldn’t score. Miroslav Klose, who got the opening goal against Austria, missed a few good opportunities in that game. Oliver Neuville, one of Germany’s unsung heroes came on and scored at the death.
Joachim Loew was gushing with pride following Germany’s recent victory. He only had good things to say about the win. Klose, meanwhile, being the veteran at 33, spoke about how far the nation has come in the ten years he has served them.
This is what Klose had to say:
“You don't even know the half of it, you don't see all of our training sessions; the dynamism and joy we have playing football. The coach's role in this is huge. He has developed this team and this way of playing through training. It is the best Germany side I have ever played in, that much is for sure.”
This is what Loew had to say:
“We may not be the very best team around, but we have always been consistent in recent years and have developed our football even further since 2010. We have shown that we can beat the big teams as well.”
Loew has decided to call Lars Bender for this friendly. The Leverkusen player is the twin brother of Dortmund’s Sven Bender. Benedikt Höwedes will perhaps not play as he is struggling with a groin problem. Loew confirmed that Mario Goetze, Tim Wiese and Per Mertesacker will start this match.
Poland drew 1-1 with Mexico in their most recent friendly.
This is the Polish squad for the match:
Goalkeepers: Wojciech Szczęsny (Arsenal FC), Grzegorz Sandomierski (KRC Genk), Przemysław Tytoń (PSV Eindhoven)
Defenders: Arkadiusz Głowacki (Trabzonspor), Dariusz Dudka (AJ Auxerre), Kamil Glik (AC Torino), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Legia Warsaw), Hubert Wołąkiewicz (Lech Poznań), Tomasz Jodłowiec (Polonia Warszawa)
Midfielders: Ludovic Obraniak (Lille OSC), Adam Matuszczyk (FC Köln), Sławomir Peszko (FC Köln), Eugen Polanski (FSV Mainz), Jakub Błaszczykowski (Borussia Dortmund), Adrian Mierzejewski (Trabzonspor), Rafał Murawski (Lech Poznań), Szymon Pawłowski (Zagłębie Lubin), Maciej Rybus (Legia Warsaw)
Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund), Paweł Brożek (Trabzonspor), Patryk Małecki (Wisła Kraków)
This is the Germany squad:
Goalkeepers: Tim Wiese (SV Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).
Defenders: Holger Badstuber (FC Bayern München), Jerome Boateng (FC Bayern München), Benedikt Höwedes (FC Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (FC Bayern München), Per Mertesacker (SV Werder Bremen), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Christian Träsch (VfL Wolfsburg).
Midfielders: Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund), Toni Kroos (FC Bayern München), Thomas Müller (FC Bayern München), Lukas Podolski (1. FC Köln), Simon Rolfes (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), André Schürrle (Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Lars Bender (Bayer 04 Leverkusen).
Forwards: Cacau (VfB Stuttgart), Miroslav Klose (S.S. Lazio).
Prediction: Poland 1-3 Germany