Germany drawn into the Group of Death for the 2012 EURO Cup

Germany didn’t have the rub of the green in today’s draw for next year’s EURO tournament in Poland and the Ukraine.  Löw’s team was drawn in arguably the tournament’s toughest group and will now face three of Europe’s finest footballing nations in the group phase.

Former Dutch super star Marco van Basten drew Germany into Group B of the Euro 2012 tournament and the wry smile on his face gave away what everybody was thinking. Germany was the last team to be drawn into this group and Jogi Löw’s face didn’t give away an impression of a very happy man. Not a surprise, considering that his team will have to play against the Netherlands, Portugal and Denmark in the group phase.

Löw told the German media after the draw:

“This is possibly the strongest, most interesting and most balanced group.”

The Elftal’s coach Bert van Marvijk mirrored Löw’s opinion:

“I’ve seen all the coaches from our group, and nobody was smiling. Everybody agrees that this is the toughest group.”

The German team manager Oliver Bierhoff did however have a positive spin on what many consider bad luck:

“Such a group helps the players to take this tournament seriously from the start.”

When asked if his team was the favorite to win next year’s tournament Jogi Löw replied:

“There is always a lot of speculation before a tournament. But, in the end everybody knows that only a team that is in form, can win this tournament.”

Dutch super star Wesley Sneijder tweeted after the draw had been completed:

“Nice group… Heavy, but nice games….”

Germany, the Netherlands and Portugal are favorites to go through to the knock out stages in this group, leaving the Danes as outsiders. The former Swedish international Daniel Nannskog seemed to be happy about the draw. The former striker said this about Denmark’s chances to progress in the 2012 Euros to the Norwegian newspaper VG:

“Good night Denmark.”

Danish national coach Morten Olsen is not agreeing 100% with Nannskog’s assessment, but he had to admit that his team will face tough opposition. Before the draw Olsen had said he wanted to avoid Spain, Germany and the Netherlands, but instead his team ended up with two of them:

“We are outsiders all things considered, but let’s hope that we still have a chance to progress when we play the last match against Germany.”

The groups

Group A:

Poland
Greece
Russia
Czech Republic

Group B:

The Netherlands
Denmark
Germany
Portugal

Group C:

Spain
Italy
Ireland
Croatia

Group D:

Ukraine
Sweden
France
England

Group B Match & Tournament Schedule:

9 June 2012 19:00 UTC+3 Netherlands v Denmark
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv

9 June 2012 21:45 UTC+3 Germany v Portugal
Arena Lviv, Lviv

13 June 2012 19:00 UTC+3 Denmark v Portugal
Arena Lviv, Lviv

13 June 2012 21:45 UTC+3 Netherlands v Germany
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv

17 June 2012 21:45 UTC+3 Portugal v Netherlands
Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv

17 June 2012 21:45 UTC+3 Denmark v Germany
Arena Lviv, Lviv

Quarter-finals

Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B

Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A

Semi-finals

(Winner Group A v Runner-up Group B) v (Winner Group C v Runner-up Group D)

(Winner Group B v Runner-up Group A) v (Winner Group D v Runner-up Group C)

Germany will be staying in Gdansk, Poland throughout the tournament and will have to travel a considerable distance for to their group matches, which are all being held in Ukraine, Löw already announcing his displeasure at the long distance travel

Germany’s Record vs. Group B opponents: 

Vs. Denmark

Played: 27 matches, Won: 15, Draw: 4, Losses: 8, Goals For: 53, Goals Against: 36

-Germany have met Denmark in official competitions 3 times (2-0 loss in the 1992 EURO final, 2-0 win in the 1988 EURO group stage, 2-0 loss in the 1986 World Cup group stage)

-Their last meeting was an international friendly in November 2010 which ended 2-2

vs. the Netherlands

Played: 38 matches, Won: 14, Drawn: 14, Losses: 10, Goals For: 75, Goals Against 63

-Germany have played the Netherlands in official competitions 9 times, winning 3, drawing 4 and losing twice, the most famous win being the 1974 World Cup final and

-Their last meeting was an international friendly last month which Germany won 3-0

Vs. Portugal

Played: 16 matches, Won: 8, Drawn: 5, Losses: 3 Goals For: 24, Goals Against 16

– Germany and Portugal have played each other 8 times in official competitions, their most recent being the 2008 EURO quarter final which Germany won 3-2 and the third place match at the 2006 World Cup which Germany won 3-1

– Germany’s record against Portugal in official competitions is 3 wins, 3 draws, 2 losses

What is your take on Germany’s group? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

5 Comments

  1. I agree with Bierhoff. It’s about time to win something and hopefully this difficult group will propel us in the right direction. What the team needs to show is maturity and mental strength. In my humble opinion we lost the MENTALITY game to Spain above anything else on past encounters.
    There’s this Persian proverb that says “a sound man doesn’t get stung from the same hole twice”… well twice already, a third loss to Spain is gonna piss me off!

  2. Germany will make it through the group stage. This is an extremely talented team and although there are no easy games in this group Germany will emerge triumphant.

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