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Ozil could hold the key for Germany

Euro 2012 may just be the time for the new Germany to shine.

No nation has qualified for the 2012 European Championships in more impressive fashion than the Germans.

Initially, when the draw was made for the qualifiers, Group A appeared to be among the most competitive.

It featured an improving Turkish squad, a Belgian side that was being described as a 'golden generation' and it seemed sure to pose a stiff test for Joachim Loew's young German team.

In reality though nothing could have been further from the truth as Germany sauntered to the most comfortable of group successes.

Germany had qualification wrapped up after they won their opening seven group games. By qualifying with three games to spare, Loew was able to blood some very promising youngsters in competitive matches and this can only be a bonus come tournament time. In fact, if any country in Europe is experiencing a golden generation right now, it could well be the Germans.

Panache and flair

Germany have always been looked at as an effective and efficient team who now how to win tight games. The current side play with panache and flair and, in the brilliant Mesut Ozil, they boast one of the most talented players in world football.

Ozil is not the only star in this current squad. Captain Philip Lahm is considered by many to be the finest full back in the game, while their young goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been compared to the legendary Peter Schmeichel, which says plenty about his talent.

With other class acts like Muller, Schweinsteiger and a goal scorer in the shape of Klose, this German side really does have the lot.

A third place finish in the 2010 World Cup was seen as a fantastic performance from Loew's young squad and the tournament experience gained should be a huge benefit next summer.

If Germany face Spain in the knockout stages of Euro 2012, the Germans will surely fancy their chances of atoning for their defeat in the World Cup semi-final, in fact anything less than lifting the trophy will be a disappointment for Die Mannschaft.

By Anthony Sealey 


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