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Euro 2008: Tough tests lie ahead for Munich men

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:55 pm

02.12.2007

Some 188 days before the opening match at the 2008 European championships in Austria and Switzerland, Sunday’s draw for the group phase at the Lucerne Conference Centre has handed Bayern’s representatives at the tournament anything but an easy ride through the preliminary round.

The Germany contingent of <b>Miroslav Klose, Lukas Podolski, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm</b> and <b>Marcell Jansen</b> will contest Group B alongside co-hosts Austria, to the delight of ex-Bayern star Andi Herzog. “It’s time for a second Cordoba,“ the former Austrian international declared, hoping for a repeat of his country’s famous victory over Germany 30 years after the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.

<b>Toni versus Ribéry</b>

The Germans also meet Croatia and Poland; the Poles were drawn in the same group as Germany at the 2006 World Cup. “I think we can be happy, especially when you look at the other groups,” commented team manager Oliver Bierhoff, “but it’s never easy against the hosts. We mustn’t underestimate the Poles, although on paper, Croatia will be the toughest test.“

World Cup winners Italy with <b>Luca Toni</b> and France with <b>Franck Ribéry</b> crossed swords in qualifying for the Euro and will have a tough time of it next summer after landing together in the tournament’s Group of Death. Group C also includes quality teams the Netherlands and Romania.

<b>Turkey in Swiss re-match</b>

<b>Hamit Altintop</b> and Turkey also received a tricky draw after being placed in Group A with Portugal, Czech Republic and joint hosts Switzerland, who denied the Turks a berth at the 2006 World Cup in a dramatic play-off. A mass brawl followed the end of the second leg and prompted hefty penalties from FIFA for a number of players and officials.

Group D, comprising reigning champions Greece, Sweden, Spain and Russia, contains no current Bayern players, although the Greeks are coached by former boss Otto Rehhagel. The top two in each group qualify for the quarter-finals. Euro 2008 begins on 7 June 2008 when the Swiss take on the Czechs in Basel, and ends with the final on 29 June in Vienna.
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