Euro 2012 team guide: Group B – Germany

Everything you need to know about Group B competitors Germany

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COACH: Joachim Low

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WORLD RANKING: 2

QUALIFIED: Group A winners

BEST EURO FINISH: Winners (1972, 1980, 1996)

FORMATION: 4-2-3-1

PLAYING STYLE: Passing

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: The German midfield and attack is unbelievably strong – they even have amazing players on the bench.

WEAKNESSES: The only question mark is over the defence. Lahm is world-class but the other three are capable of messing up.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Position: Midfielder

Age: 27

Club: Bayern Munich

He’s switched from an inconsistent winger to a midfield general and his powerful and clever displays in the middle are crucial for club and country.

THE CAPTAIN:

Philipp Lahm

A legend in Germany for his attacking thrusts from full-back – he was named in team of the tournament for the last Euros and last two World Cups.

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GERMANY FACTS:

Capital: Berlin
Population: 81.8 million
Official language: German
Best ever player: Gerd Muller/Franz Beckenbauer