Germany confident for Kazakhstan

German Football
By German Football March 26, 2011 05:31

Germany confident for Kazakhstan

Germany will have no mercy with minnows Kazakhstan as coach Joachim Löw wants to see dynamic attacking football from his team in Saturday’s Euro 2012 qualifier.

Löw confirmed on Friday that veteran Miroslav Klose will spearhead the German attack as he called for a similar fast-paced game as at the 2010 World Cup and the first Euro qualifiers.

“We want to win. We want to see a team that shows the same enthusiasm as at the World Cup and the following games. We want to play at a fast pace,” said Löw.

“It is not a question of how good Kazakhstan are, but how good we are.”

Germany currently sit atop qualifying group A with the maximum 12 points and 13 goals. Bottom team Kazakhstan, by contrast, have yet to earn a point or score a goal in the campaign. Germany won the first meeting in the former Soviet republic 3-0.

With Bayern Munich stars Mario Gomez, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Miroslav Klose as well as Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil at Germany’s disposal, the aim is not only to win, but to please the fans, said manager Oliver Bierhoff.

“We are the clear favourites and we want all three points. But we also want the fans in the stadium to get their money’s worth. We’ve got a strong side here and want to impress the crowd with a good performance,” he said.

“Of course the opposition are not exactly household names, so we’ve been concentrating on our own game in training and not on Kazakhstan,” he added.

Captain Philipp Lahm said that “we are not on holiday here” as a sellout crowd of 47 849 is to be treated to the full dynamics of the young team and a possible goalfest.

Klose, 32, will be the centre of attention as he made his Bundesliga debut for Kaiserslautern in 2000 and earned his maiden cap in their stadium 10 years ago.

Now Klose enters his 107th cap and on 59 goals is just nine shy of Gerd Mueller’s record 68, a margin that could further narrow on Saturday.

While only a reserve man at Bayern Munich, Klose is indispensable for Löw, who said he was “absolutely sure that he will keep up his level.”

Löw will rely heavily on his World Cup stars before planning to give several youngsters a chance in Tuesday’s friendly against Australia, as he continues his task of rejuvenating the team.

Wolfsburg’s Arne Friedrich will partner Per Mertesacker in central defence while Löw’s only real problem area, the left back position, will be filled by Dennis Aogo of SV Hamburg.

If the visitors manage to find the net they will go down in the books as having scored the 1000th goal against Germany in the 103-year history of German internationals.

The German squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04), Rene Adler (Bayer Leverkusen), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen)

Defenders: Arne Friedrich (Wolfsburg), Dennis Aogo (Hamburg), Holger Badstuber (Bayern München), Philipp Lahm (Bayern München), Jerome Boateng (Manchester City/ENG), Mats Hummels (Dortmund), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Marcel Schmelzer (Dortmund)

Midfielders: Mario Götze (Dortmund), Sven Bender (Dortmund), Mesut Özil (Real Madrid/ESP), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid/ESP), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern München), Christian Träsch (Stuttgart), Toni Kroos (Bayern München), Andre Schurrle (Mainz 05), Lukas Podolski (Köln)

Strikers: Mario Gomez (Bayern München), Miroslav Klose (Bayern München), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski


German Football
By German Football March 26, 2011 05:31
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