Joachim Löw’s Germany found out today they will face the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark in Group B of Euro 2012 next summer.
The German head coach had no fears when he said:
“We’ll take it as it comes. We’re not afraid. I think it’s the most evenly-matched group. I ‘m looking forward to some interesting clashes. If we play to our best we have every chance.”
Germany were convincing in beating the Netherlands 3-0 less than 3 weeks ago, the side they will face in their second group game in June.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß remained confident, saying:
“The only question is who Germany will face in the final. It doesn’t matter who’s in our group.”
The DFB sporting director and Euro 96 winner, Matthias Sammer was also confident:
“We’re good enough, we’re strong enough – all we need to do is focus on ourselves. I think the other teams in the group were more worried about being drawn against us than vice-versa.”
Question marks will be made about Germany’s squad being based in Danzig, Poland with their 3 group games being played in Ukraine. Löw’s side start with Portugal on 9 June in Lviv, play Netherlands on 13 June in Kharkiv and finish with Denmark on 17 June in Lviv.
The full groups are as follows:
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