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Mixed bag for Munich's trophy hopefuls

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:00 pm

There were mixed fortunes for Bayern's international stars on Friday night at the group stage draw for EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine in Kyiv, as former European champions Marco van Basten, Zinedine Zidane, Horst Hrubesch and Peter Schmeichel placed Germany in the toughest group of all, and also handed Croatia a stern task, but offered Ukraine and France a decent chance of progress.

Germany chief Joachim Löw and his men will face the Netherlands, Denmark and Portugal in Group B, meaning Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Holger Badstuber, Jérôme Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez with have their work cut out right from the start. The three-time European champions will play their matches in Ukrainian cities Kharkiv and Lviv.

FCB stars go head-to-head

"I think it's probably the strongest group, the most interesting, and also the most evenly-matched. We can look forward to some fascinating matches," commented Löw in a first reaction to the draw. "It makes no difference to Germany. They're so good, they'll come through any group," Bayern boss Jupp Heynckes confidently predicted ahead of the draw.

The group features a head-to-head between Munich men, when the German contingent take on the Dutch with Arjen Robben, and also former FCB captain Mark van Bommel. "There are always strong teams at the Euro. If you beat the lot, you end up as champions," Badstuber declared earlier in the day. "It'll be a hard road, but we'll take it as it comes, and we're looking forward to it."

Tymoshchuk versus Ribéry

Croatia pair Ivica Olic and Danijel Pranjic landed in a challenging Group C against holders Spain, four-time World Cup winners Italy and Republic of Ireland, who are coached by legendary former Bayern supremo Giovanni Trapattoni.

Group D features another all-Bayern head-to-head, as Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and co-hosts Ukraine meet Franck Ribéry and his France team-mates. "I'm excited about the draw. In my opinion, Spain and Germany are the best teams," Ribéry said beforehand, expressing hopes of a meeting with the Germans. However, Sweden and England round out another group where the outcome is hard to predict.

Big kick-off on June the eighth

In Group A, certainly the easiest section on paper, co-hosts Poland take on Greece, Russia and Czech Republic. EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine opens on 8 June in Warsaw when the Poles face the Greeks, with the final on July 1 in Kyiv.
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Re: Mixed bag for Munich's trophy hopefuls

Postby quaazi » Fri Dec 02, 2011 8:07 pm

Germans generally have a good history at Kharkiv (or Kharkov (or Harkiv ( or Harkov))). :P
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