Germany Euro 2012 Odds
A youthful but more developed Germany take on the Euro's19th May 2012 / Lee A Jackson
Germany Euro 2012 Odds at Bet365 sees them trading as second favourite behind Spain, but for many, they will be the real favourites out on the pitch There wasn’t too much surprise about the Germany squad when coach Joachim Low announced it. We can pretty much expect more of the same to come from Germany, the development of the fantastic show they gave the world at South Africa 2010. The Germans lit up the tournament there, with Low being brave in naming a youthful squad. It was that youthful energy and creativity which produced one wonderful attacking display after another. The important thing to consider here for Germany Euro 2012 Odds, is that it may only be two years later, but that is a long time in football, and the Germany squad has matured just that little bit more. They will be a force to be reckoned with and they have more than a fair chance of winning the title. Germany breezed through Euro 2012 qualification, wining ten games from ten, scoring 31 goals along the way.
They did get a tough draw though in the group stage, having to go up against the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark. All this is happening in Group B, which has been dubbed the Group of Death (there’s always one!). It is hard to see just who is going to match the overall attacking endeavour that Germany are going to put into their matches. They are a team to be feared with their pace, power and tactics. The German squad is still relatively young, but the system which they play has had another two years to be developed further. There is still a strong leaning towards youth, highlighted by Low dropping the experience of Michael Ballack from Euro 2012 qualifying in order to free up a spot for a younger player. Forward thinking and forward playing are Germany. They have goals in them, and after bursting onto the scene at the 2010 World Cup, can they take another step forward and claim their fourth European title? The last time the Germans won it was back in 1996.
Joachim Low is something of a tactical genius. It is easy to bandy around that word, but there are few managers in the game to which you can really use it justifiably. Low is one of them. He has a plan and he is sticking to it, not wavering from the ethos or the style with which he wants the game to be played. Low will know that the expectations on him are high, and it would be a huge triumph for football itself if Germany won. He has the game plan to take down most sides in the world, but it is still going to be a tough route to the final, in particular the game against rivals the Netherlands. But Germany look a confident and composed as Joachim Low is, and he should take them a long way. They lost a friendly against France back in February, but you can rest assured that Low will be ironing out the kinds of any fine minutiae that needs addressing from that loss. It is all in the details.
Pace and creativity. Germany have goals aplenty in them, and even if they have an occasional slip at the back, they are usually powerful enough going forward to outscore an opponents. It is not only the game going forward for Germany, but they are very disciplined at the back. Of course, they will concede goals, but they are lethal when they have time on the ball, and equally as dangerous when they are counter attacking down the flanks. Quality, confidence and pace. The thing which separates them from Spain, who love their possession too, is that Germany are far more direct in their route to goal. The Germans won’t hold back in going forward. Exciting stuff and still so young with the likes of Toni Kroos and Mesut Ozil exuding quality and models of young German efficiency.
You can generally pick out flaws with squad quite easily. Temperament. Lack of quality. One dimensional It is hard to find anything about Germany. They have the quality and the style that every other team in the tournament wishes that they could replicate. No-one is invincible of course, and it is not down to skill but luck. It looks as if bad luck is all that is going to disrupt Germany Euro 2012 Odds to be honest. Maybe the only doubt is the overall experience of the squad. Will that be a factor come the high pressures of the semi’s and final itself?
Much like Spain, it’s hard to pin one man down as their most important key player. Manuel Neuer in goal is influential, Philipp Lahm at the back is a leader, Bastian Schweinsteiger through the middle is a rock, the goals of Mario Gomez and Miroslav Klose up front, Ozil, Muller, Khedira, Podolski etc. However, one of the most exciting talent in an excitingly talented squad is Mario Gotze. Who is he? A 19 year old attacking midfielder liked to, projected to be better than the one and only Lionel Messi. The Borussia Dortmund star is something of a prodigal talent.
Pre Tournament International Friendly Matches
Switzerland v Germany – May 26th
Germany v Israel – May 31st
Group Stage Germany Euro 2012 Odds at Bet365
Germany 11/10, Holland 9/5, Portugal 4/1, Denmark 16/1
Germany Euro 2012 Outright Winner Odds: 3/1 at Bet365
Germany Squad: Manuel Neuer, Tim Wiese, Marc-André ter Stegen, Ron-Robert Zieler, Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker; Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Marco Reus, André Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Julian Draxler, Mario Götze, İlkay Gündoğan, Lukas Podolski; Cacau, Miroslav Klose, Mario Gomez
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