Löw announces World Cup squad

German Football
By German Football May 6, 2010 20:38

Löw announces World Cup squad

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Germany coach Joachim Löw picked a 27-member provisional World Cup roster today, including 7 players from Bayern Munich.

Two new players were selected: Bayern central defender Holger Badstuber and Hamburg defender Dennis Aogo. Veteran Bayern goalkeeper Joerg Butt was also picked.

The squad will be reduced to 23 players shortly before the World Cup.

The squad includes several young players, among them Badstuber, Bayern forward Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos (on loan from Bayern to Bayer Leverkusen) and Werder Bremen’s Marko Marin.

Six players are 20 or 21. Badstuber is 21 and Mueller is 20, and both are coming off debut seasons in the Bundesliga.

Löw stuck with experienced forwards Miroslav Klose of Bayern, who has just three goals this season, and Lukas Podolski of Cologne, who has two.

Also included were Mario Gomez, who mostly sits on Bayern’s bench, and Stuttgart’s Brazil-born Cacau. One of the six forwards is likely to be dropped.

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack is the only player who doesn’t ply his trade in the Bundesliga.

While the choice of Butt was expected after the injury of No. 1 goalkeeper Rene Adler, the selection of Aogo was a surprise. It remains to be seen whether Aogo makes the final cut.

Löw would not identify a starting goalkeeper, and the 35-year-old Butt is thought to have a chance.

Adler pulled out earlier this week because of a rib injury that needs surgery and Leverkusen midfielder Simon Rolfes dropped out with a knee injury. Lazio midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger has lost his spot in the Nationalelf as a result of his poor form this season.

With Bayern still chasing titles and captain Michael Ballack’s Chelsea in the FA Cup final, Löw won’t have many of his top players until late in the month.

Germany plays exhibitions against Malta on May 13, at Hungary on May 29 and against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Frankfurt on June 3.

Click here for the full squad.

German Football
By German Football May 6, 2010 20:38
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  1. القيصر May 6, 22:41

    the team is new the half of him and young of course with the experience they will help them but of course , we will be more optimistic and give them space and more time to use to it

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