Days before the start of Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, Germany’s manager Oliver Bierhoff has been in high demand.
The former international striker was Germany’s hero the last time they won an international tournament back in England at Euro 1996 when he came from the bench to score both of Germany’s goals as they came from behind to beat Czech Republic 2-1 with the Golden Goal.
Under Joachim Löw, Germany have come close in recent tournaments, losing the eventual winners in each of the last three major tournaments. A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Italy in the 2006 World Cup was followed by a being runners-up to Spain in the final of Euro 2008. Spain won by the same scoreline at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa at the semi-final stage.
Expectations are high in Germany this time around, and many of the locals believe this will be Germany’s trophy on 1 July at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
Berti Vogts, the last successful German coach when he won the trophy back in 1996 is confident that the current crop of German players will be able to bring the trophy back to Germany this summer:
“I don’t know of any other team that attacks so aggressively and so quickly as we do. Our midfield triangle of Özil, Khedira and Schweinsteiger is the best in the world, even if Schweinsteiger is absent and Kroos comes in. If we can stay solid at the back we’re unbeatable.”