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| Matchday 2 | Germany 2 - 0 Poland | Podolski (20', 72') |

Post by DeJesus5 on Mon May 19, 2008 12:24 am



Group B - 08 June 2008

Germany v Poland

Venue
Wörthersee - Klagenfurt


Preview
uefa.com wrote:Poland hungry for German first

After breaking new ground in qualifying for their first UEFA European Championship finals, Poland will go into their opening Group B game against Germany seeking another first in the form of a long-awaited victory against their neighbours.

• Germany will doubtless have other ideas, though, as they look to improve on their third-place finish at the 2006 FIFA World Cup – and a record of eleven wins and four draws from the countries' 15 past meetings certainly augurs well for Joachim Löw's side.

• Germany got the better of Poland when the teams met at the group stage of the World Cup although they left it late to record a 1-0 win in Dortmund, substitute Oliver Neuville scoring a minute into added time at the end of the game.

• The teams for that meeting on 14 June 2006 were:
Germany: Jens Lehmann, Arne Friedrich (David Odonkor 63), Per Mertesacker, Christoph Metzelder, Philipp Lahm, Bernd Schneider, Torsten Frings, Michael Ballack, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Tim Borowski 77), Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski (Oliver Neuville 71).

Poland: Artur Boruc, Jacek Bąk, Marcin Baszczyński, Bartosz Bosacki, Michał Żewłakow (Dariusz Dudka 83), Arkadiusz Radomski, Radosław Sobolewski, Ireneusz Jeleń (Pawel Brozek 90), Maciej Żurawski, Jacek Krzynówek (Mariusz Lewandowski 77), Euzebiusz Smolarek.

• The sides' two other encounters at major tournaments came in the 1970s. West Germany's 1-0 win against Poland in the second group stage of the 1974 World Cup took them into the final at the Poles' expense. The countries met again in the first round at Argentina 1978 where a goalless draw helped both into the second round.

• Poland reached UEFA EURO 2008™ as winners of Group A with a record of eight wins, four draws and two defeats from 14 matches. They qualified with a game to spare by beating Belgium 2-0 in Chorzow on 17 November through two Smolarek goals.

• Germany became the first team to qualify for UEFA EURO 2008™ when they drew 0-0 in the Republic of Ireland on 13 October last year. They eventually finished runners-up in Group D behind the Czech Republic, having recorded eight wins, three draws and just one defeat.

• In their last major tournament, Germany took third place at the 2006 World Cup on home soil. Poland fell at the first hurdle, however, finishing third in their group behind the Germans and Ecuador.

• Germany's most recent UEFA European Championship finals appearance brought a disappointing first-round exit in Portugal four years ago following draws with the Netherlands and Latvia and defeat by the Czech Republic.

• Germany were European champions last in 1996 having earlier lifted the continental crown as West Germany in 1972 and 1980. Runners-up in 1976 and 1992, they have appeared in every edition of the UEFA European Championship since the inception of the final round in 1980.

• This is Joachim Low's first tournament as Germany coach although he was assistant to Jürgen Klinsmann during the 2006 World Cup.

• Like Poland, coach Leo Beenhakker has never been to a UEFA European Championship before although he oversaw the World Cup campaigns of the Netherlands in 1990 and Trinidad and Tobago in 2006.

• Beenhakker's Netherlands team were eliminated by Germany at Italia '90, going down 2-1 in the second round.

• Germany forwards Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski and Piotr Trochowski were all born in Poland and strikers Klose and Podolski have been known to communicate in Polish during matches.

• This fixture pits against each other a large number of colleagues present and past from club football. Germany's Gonzalo Castro, Simon Rolfes, Clemens Fritz and Schneider all played with Poland's Jacek Krzynówek during his spell at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Krzynówek has also played with Stefan Kiessling at 1. FC Nürnberg, and Mike Hanke at VfL Wolfsburg.

• Poland forward Smolarek partnered David Odonkor in the BV Borussia Dortmund attack between 2004 and 2006, and also played alongside defender Metzelder.

• Tomasz Kuszczak (POL) and Arne Friedrich (GER) were team-mates at Hertha BSC Berlin, as were Kamil Kosowski (POL) and Klose (GER) at 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

• This is the 13th edition of the UEFA European Championship and the eighth edition that features a final tournament with a group phase.


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Re: | Matchday 2 | Germany 2 - 0 Poland | Podolski (20', 72') |

Post by Latino_Heat on Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:45 pm

should be a great game
i hate both side so i wont be supporting or hopin for a win here. haha
A draw would be cool to me but either way one of these teams(if not both of them) will advance into the 16th for sure, so that wouldnt really mean much.

but on the contrary as much as i dislike Poland futebol. i guess i'll be pushin for them to win so that hopefull Germany can slep up again against Croatia or Austria, and end up not advancing Laughing but i doubt that. They got a great side and they're one of the few teams i fear this tourny

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Post by DeJesus5 on Sun Jun 08, 2008 5:53 pm

I want Germany to win and get 1st spot in the group. Simply because if Portugal win there group we won't be playing Germany in the Quarter's.

Germany have a great side and will most likely win this game and win there group.

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Post by Latino_Heat on Mon Jun 09, 2008 12:34 am

Germany played pretty well, they make some really nice passes.

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Post by DeJesus5 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 4:16 am

uefa.com wrote:
Podolski double gets Germany going



An emotional Lukas Podolski struck in either half to give Germany an ideal start to their UEFA EURO 2008™ Group B campaign with victory against debutants Poland in Klagenfurt.

Star turn
The Polish-born FC Bayern München forward produced a vintage display as the three-time European champions recorded a solid win, putting Germany in front with a simple finish midway through the first half. Poland, in their first EURO finals match, pressed for a way back into the game but struggled to unpick Germany's defence and Podolski finally ended their hopes with an emphatic volley.

Krzynówek chance
With national pride and neighbourly rivalry adding an extra frisson and both sides keen to make a positive start there was plenty at stake, and it was Poland who began the brighter as they went in search of a first victory against Germany. Leo Beenhakker's team came close in the opening minute when Jens Lehmann got tangled up with Per Mertesacker while trying to deal with a high cross and the ball fell invitingly to Jacek Krzynówek, but the VfL Wolfsburg midfielder blazed over.

Gómez goes close
Germany responded in kind to signal their own intent, and should have opened the scoring after Michael Ballack sprang the Poland offside trap to release Miroslav Klose into an ocean of space down the left. The Mannschaft's other Polish-born striker bore down on Artur Boruc's goal but elected to pass and Mario Gómez was unable to make a proper connection at full stretch with the goalkeeper stranded, the ball slipping narrowly the wrong side of the post.

Podolski opener
Germany looked the stronger team as the first half unfolded and duly went ahead in the 20th minute after again catching their opponents flat-footed at the back. Gómez sent Klose clear on the right and this time the square pass was perfectly delivered, leaving Podolski to tuck the ball neatly past Boruc. Head bowed and unsmiling, the scorer denied himself a true celebration out of respect for his heritage. Maciej Żurawski might have levelled while Gómez could have increased the German advantage with a clever flick, yet half-time came with no change to the scoreline.

Poland rally
Ballack could have strengthened Germany's position two minutes into the second period but his attempt skewed awkwardly off his thigh. Poland were far from out of it, however, maintaining a healthy share of possession without making significant inroads, while their supporters behind the goal provided plenty of encouragement. Those fans were further heartened as substitute Roger Guerreiro made some surging runs down the left, then Euzebiusz Smolarek had an effort ruled out for offside.

Clinching second
The alert Boruc tipped over Ballack's well-struck attempt but was powerless to prevent Podoski sealing the points in the 72nd minute – few goalkeepers would have kept it out. A swift passing move was cut off by Paweł Golański yet substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger dispossessed the defender and, although Klose missed his kick, Podolski showed how it should be done with a sweet left-foot volley. This time he allowed himself a satisfied smile and he was fully entitled to it having given Germany their first finals win since the Czech Republic were defeated in the EURO '96™ showpiece. Poland's long wait to overcome Germany continues but they next face co-hosts Austria on Thursday, when Germany play today's other winners Croatia.

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Post by nobby on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:38 pm

Trust a Pole to finish off the Poles haha

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Post by DeJesus5 on Mon Jun 09, 2008 3:41 pm

I find it so stupid how he picked Germany ahead of Poland....GERMANY!!
Same goes for Klose. I bet he ain't even allowed into Poland now.

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Post by Latino_Heat on Tue Jun 10, 2008 2:14 am

yeah i find that really weird...especially the fact that arent Germany and Poland a big rivalry?

Thats like if Simao, Figo, or Quaresma got called up back in the day to play for Spain, and they ended up scoring against Portugal in a Spain vs Portugal match Laughing

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