Team profile: Germany

Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil.
Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil. Photo: PA

Head coach: Joachim Low

Pedigree: As you might expect, the Germans have the best European Championship track record by some distance, with six final appearances yielding three titles - in 1972, 1980 and 1996 (the latter of these is their only major tournament triumph as a unified Germany).

Euro 2012 chances: The 2010 World Cup showcased a bold new Germany, with dynamic young players to the fore: Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger have matured nicely since they helped their team reach the last four in South Africa, while even younger stars like Toni Kroos and Mario Gotze wait in the wings. This is a dangerous team, one the bookies see as the biggest threat to favourites Spain.

Key man: Real Madrid playmaker Ozil (top picture) is a brilliant individual talent who plays selflessly for his team. It's a potent combination. And that's the point about the Germans of course - they integrate individuals into a whole better than any other footballing nation.

Euro 2012 group fixtures: v Portugal (9 June, Lviv), v Holland (13 June, Kharkiv), v Denmark (17 June, Lviv)


Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96).

Defenders: Holger Badstuber (Bayern Munich), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund), Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich), Per Mertesacker (Arsenal).

Midfielders: Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Real Madrid CF), Sami Khedira (Real Madrid), Marco Reus (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Andre Schurrle (Bayer Leverkusen), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern Munich), Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund), Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio), Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich), Lukas Podolski (FC Koln).

Jogi Low
Germany head coach Joachim 'Jogi' Low is a dapper dan. Credit: PA

Classic clip: Germany beat Turkey in a Euro 2008 thriller.

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