Germany relying on some 'insiders'
Germany hopes the advice of three 'insiders' will help it snap a 12-year winless streak when it opens against Poland On Sunday. See our splsports Updated: Jun 07, 2008 14:45 IST
Germany hopes the advice of three 'insiders' will help it snap a 12-year winless streak at the European Championship when it opens against Poland on Sunday.
Three German players were born in Poland and team officials made no secret of the fact that they were relying on them to get some inside information and not only on the proper pronunciation of Polish names.
Strikers Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, and midfielder Piotr Trochowski are the three naturalised Poles in the German team.
"They are the so-called insiders and we may have an advantage because of that," Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick said.
A better bet for Germany may be to get goals from both Klose and Podolski, who may get a chance to start, either as a striker or left midfielder.
Klose and Podolski started for Germany at the World Cup at home two years ago, but Mario Gomez was the top homegrown striker in the Bundesliga this past season and could be Klose's partner in the attack.
As usual, Germany coach Joachim Loew is letting out little about his intended lineup for the match in Klagenfurt.
Germany is chasing its fourth European title, but it hasn't won a game since 1996, covering two tournaments. That may sound hopeful for Poland, but it has never beaten Germany in 15 tries and has 11 losses.
The last time the two teams met was in the group stage at the World Cup, and Germany won 1-0 on an injury-time goal from substitute Oliver Neuville.