Germany Live At Euro 2008
Over the last five decades, Germany have always been a force to be reckoned with in the world of football. And it should come as no surprise that they have the best record in the European Championship, having won more titles than any other team. Germany were definitely one of the contenders for the 2006 World Cup, but they were eliminated by eventual champions Italy in the last four. We at the Live Sport Network respect the German team, and offer you the chance to watch them in their quest for an unprecedented fourth European title, at an amazing price of £9.99. What is more - you can also watch matches from the German Bundesliga and other top leagues across the world for a year, at no additional cost. Germany were the first team to qualify for this years' championships in Austria and Switzerland, and rewrote the history books by thrashing San Marino 13-0 en route to booking their place.
Germany scored 35 and conceded seven in qualifying, and eventually finished second behind the Czech Republic in Group D. Their only defeat on their road to Euro 2008 also came at the hands of the Czechs, losing 0-3 in Munich. However, one must take note of the fact that the victory came after the Germans had sealed their spot from Group D. Their 13-0 win over San Marino was the biggest in the history of European qualifying, eclipsing Spain's 12-1 win over Malta in 1983. The Germans will be keen to erase the memories of their performances in the last two European Championships. In 2000, as defending champions, they bowed out of the tournament at the group stage, with one point from three games. Four years later, in Portugal, they failed to make it from the Group of Death, named so because of the presence of three heavyweights in the group, in the form of the Germans themselves, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
Germany are in Group B, along with Austria, Croatia and Poland.
Their games are as follows :-
8 June - vs Poland in Klagenfurt ( 20.45)
12 June- vs Croatia in Klagenfurt ( 18.00)
16 June- vs Austria in Vienna ( 20.45)
All timings in CEST ( Central European Summer Time )
History at the European Championships
Germany made their first appearance at the Championships in 1972, and beat USSR 3-0 in the final, with two goals from Gerd Muller, and one from Herbert Muller. They lost on penalties to the Czech Republic in 1976, with Ulrich Hoeneß failing to score from the spot. Horst Hrubesch's brace saw them beat Belgium for their second title at the Stadio Olimpico in 1980. They were one of the favourites to win the title in 1984, but went out in the group stage as Maceda's late goal saw Spain upset them 1-0 in their final group game. They hosted the tournament in 1988, but lost 1-2 in the semifinals to the Dutch after taking a 1-0 lead. In 1992, they reached the finals, only to be upset by unfancied Denmark. When the tournament came to England in 1996, the Germans topped their group, beat Croatia in the quarterfinals, and eliminated the hosts on penalties in the semifinals. Their opponents in the final were the Czechs, whom they had already beaten 2-0 in the group stage. Patrik Berger's penalty gave the Czechs the lead, but Oliver Bierhoff equalised in the 73rd minute. It was Bierhoff who scored the winning goal in the 95th minute, the first ever "golden" goal in the history of the game. To the Germans, the goal was definitely worth its weight in gold, ending a sixteen year wait. 2000 and 2004 were forgettable, with the team failing to qualify for the knockout stage.
Current German team
The Germans are a hardworking lot, and Jurgen Klinsmann paid special attention to improving fitness, speed and stamina prior to the 2006 World Cup. Joachim Low was Klinsmann's assistant, and is now the head coach. Low and Klinsmann introduced a more attacking style of play, and the Germans seem to be adapting well. The versatile Philip Lahm will play an important role as an attacking fullback. Clemens Fritz is slowly starting to cement his spot in the first team. Per Mertesacker, Christophe Metzelder and Arne Freidrich are reliable defenders. Then you have Torsten Frings, a player who is not averse to going in hard for the ball, in the centre of the park. Along with him are Chelsea's Michael Ballack and Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger. There is no dearth of midfield players, with Tim Borowski, Bernd Schneider and Thomas Hitzlsperger also available. Upfront, the Germans have Podolski and Klose, who together contributed 13 goals in qualifying. Betis' David Odonkor is a threat with his pace, and can be potent if used effectively. The Germans can score all kinds of goals- stunning long range efforts, the traditional assist and score, and the solo runs culminating in a goal with a brilliant finish.
Are Germany one of the contenders for this year's title ? With the kind of players they have, few people will be betting against them, and you will most certainly not want to miss out on all the action.
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