Löw announces Germany squad for Argentina friendly on August 15th

Germany look to rebound following their disappointing semi final exit at the EUROs this summer and will take on Argentina in a friendly on August 15th in Frankfurt.  45,000 of the 48,000 available tickets have already been sold in a much anticipated friendly, their first against the Argentines since the now famous 4-0 win in the World Cup quarterfinals two years ago.

17 of the 19 players called up participated at the EUROs with Sven Bender and Julian Draxler being the two newcomers after they failed to make the final squad for Poland and Ukraine earlier this year.

Löw committed captain Philipp Lahm from the squad since he is awaiting the imminent birth of his child:

“Philipp wanted to play at all costs but after a long phone conversation I decided that it is best for his personal situation to leave him out.”

Lahm won’t be the only veteran missing though.  His teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez are also absent after still nurturing injuries, Gomez recovering from a recent operation on his ankle.  Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker are two other experienced players who won’t be part of the team after Löw and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger came to the conclusion that it is for the best of the players to rest with the Premier League starting soon after the match:

“Three days after the friendly in Frankfurt the Premier League season starts. So for Per [Mertesacker] who has been injured for a while now, and Lukas [Podolski], who just joined and is fighting for a starting spot, it is important to be there and focus on their work for the last couple of days leading up to the start of the season.”

The biggest surprise of all may be the exclusion of Tim Wiese in goal who was left out in favor of Hannover’s Ron-Robert Zieler.  Goalkeeper coach Andreas Köpke explained how they want to begin incorporating some of the younger goalkeepers in preparation for the World Cup qualifiers:

“Hansi Flick and I had a detailed discussion with Tim [Wiese] in Hoffenehim today.  We explained to him that in our plans for the World Cup qualifiers we want to focus more on the younger goalkeepers but that does not mean that he is completely written off.”

The Squad

Goal: Manuel Neuer (Bayern München), Ron-Robert Zieler (Hannover 96) 

Defense: Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber (both Bayern München), Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen), Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer (both Borussia Dortmund), Benedikt Höwedes (Schalke 04)

Midfield:  Sven Bender, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Marco Reus (all Borussia Dortmund), Julian Draxler (Schalke 04), Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira (both Real Madrid), Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller (both Bayern München), André Schürrle (Bayer Leverkusen)

Forwards: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Record vs. Argentina

Played: 19 Won: 6 Draws: 5 Lost: 8

Goals for: 27      Goals  against: 25

– Biggest win:  4-0 (2010 World Cup quarterfinal)

– Biggest loss: 3-1 (1984)

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

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