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Match facts: Germany v Portugal

Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 2.31CET
Match facts: Germany v Portugal
Germany coach Joachim Löw and Philipp Lahm during training ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 6 June 2012, 2.31CET

Match facts: Germany v Portugal


• Germany have won twice in five friendly outings since the end of qualifying and have lost two out of three in 2012.

• The Portugal game will be Joachim Löw's 80th as Bundestrainer – he is behind only Berti Vogts (102), Helmut Schön (139) and Sepp Herberger (167) in longevity as West Germany/Germany coach and has won 53, lost 12.

• Lukas Podolski is in line for his 98th cap against Portugal, which would take him level with Michael Ballack in seventh in Germany's all-time list.

• Goalkeepers Ron-Robert Zieler and Tim Wiese are yet to make a competitive appearance for Germany.

Injury news
• Bastian Schweinsteiger did not feature in the pre-tournament friendlies because of a left calf problem suffered in the UEFA Champions League final against Chelsea FC.

• The squad gathered at a camp in Sardinia on 11/05, with the Borussia Dortmund contingent linking up on 18/05 after the German Cup as the party moved to Tourrettes, France. The FC Bayern München players arrived on 26/05 following the UEFA Champions League final. The squad had three days off before heading to Gdansk on 04/06.

• Miroslav Klose, who turns 34 on the day of the Portugal game, has scored 63 goals in 116 appearances for Germany, just five shy of Gerd Müller's national record.

• Six Germany players have UEFA European Championship experience: Philipp Lahm (2004, 2008), Per Mertesacker (2008), Schweinsteiger (2004, 2008), Klose (2004, 2008), Podolski (2004, 2008) and Mario Gomez (2008).

• Wiese is yet to savour victory in six appearances for Germany.

Pre-tournament friendlies
31/05 Germany 2-0 Israel (Gomez 40, Schürrle 82)
Neuer; Lahm, Mertesacker, Boateng, Badstuber; Kroos (Götze 85), Khedira (L Bender 88), Özil, Müller (Reus 83); Gomez (Schürrle 67), Podolski (Klose 67).

26/05 Switzerland 5-3 Germany (Derdiyok 21 23 50, Lichtsteiner 67, Mehmedi 76; Hummels 45, Schürrle 64, Reus 72)
Ter Stegen; Höwedes (S Bender 78), Mertesacker, Hummels, Schmelzer; Khedira (Gündoğan 46), Schürrle, Götze (L Bender 78), Özil (Reus 46), Podolski (Draxler 62); Klose (Cacau 78).

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
• Germany won ten out of ten in Group A, becoming one of only five sides to go through a qualifying campaign with a 100% record in the history of the UEFA European Championship.

• Germany were the second highest scorers in qualifying, their 34 goals in ten games only three shy of the Netherlands.

• Manuel Neuer played every minute of qualifying, while Lahm played all but the last six as he was substituted against Belgium. Thomas Müller was Germany's only other ever-present.

• Germany conceded fewer fouls than any other side in qualifying.

• Three of the final tournament squad did not feature in qualifying: Wiese, Zieler and Lars Bender.

Domestic information
• Neuer, Lahm, Jérôme Boateng, Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Müller and Gomez all started as Bayern lost the UEFA Champions League final to Chelsea FC on 19/05. Müller scored in a 1-1 draw and Lahm, Gomez and Neuer all converted penalties before Schweinsteiger was crucially denied in a 4-3 shoot-out defeat.

• Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, İlkay Gündoğan and Mario Götze helped Borussia Dortmund to the first domestic double in the club's history, with Hummels scoring a penalty against Bayern in the German Cup final on 12/05.

• Gomez's 26 goals this season was his second highest return in the Bundesliga – two shy of his 28 last term – while Podolski and Marco Reus registered personal bests with 18 goals.

• Gomez scored 12 goals in the UEFA Champions League – including four in the 7-0 triumph over FC Basel 1893 – to finish second highest scorer behind Lionel Messi (14). In any other season the return would have earned top spot.

• Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira helped Real Madrid CF win the Spanish Liga for the first time in four campaigns.


• Portugal are three games without a win in 2012, two 0-0 draws preceding a 3-1 defeat by Turkey on 02/06.

• Three of Portugal's last five games have ended goalless.

• Miguel Lopes and Custódio are yet to make a competitive appearance for Portugal but won their first caps in the friendly against Turkey on 02/06.

Injury news
• Carlos Martins withdrew from the initial 23-men squad due to a calf injury, with Hugo Viana taking his place.

• Viana had not represented Portugal for five years before his late call-up – he was also a last-minute replacement at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, coming in for the suspended Daniel Kenedy.

• Eleven of the squad have been in past UEFA European Championship parties: Cristiano Ronaldo (2004, 2008), Hélder Postiga (2004, 2008), Pepe (2008), Bruno Alves (2008), Miguel Veloso (2008), João Moutinho (2008), Raul Meireles (2008), Ricardo Quaresma (2008), Nani (2008), Hugo Almeida (2008) and Rui Patrício (2008). This is Ronaldo's fifth successive major tournament.

• Miguel Lopes had to postpone his wedding on 26/05 after receiving his first call-up. "It's OK," he said, "it's for a good cause. We [he and his wife] were going to the Bahamas [for honeymoon] but that can wait."

• Portugal gathered on 16/05 for their pre-tournament team camp in Obidos, 100km north of Lisbon. Ronaldo, Fábio Coentrão, Pepe, Meireles, Patrício and João Pereira joined five days later due to club commitments and Viana followed on the 24th. Portugal arrived at their EURO base of Opalenica, Poland, on 04/06.

Pre-tournament friendlies
02/06 Portugal 1-3 Turkey (Nani 57; Umut 35 51, Pepe og 88)
Patrício (Eduardo 71); Lopes (Oliveira 86), Pepe, Alves (Costa 69), Coentrão; Meireles (Postiga 86), Moutinho, Veloso (Custódio 69); Nani, Almeida (Quaresma 73), Ronaldo.

• Ronaldo had a penalty saved with the score 2-1 in Lisbon; Bruno Alves won his 50th cap.

26/05 Portugal 0-0 Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Beto; Pereira (Oliveira 81), Alves, Rolando, Coentrão; Veloso (Viana 72), Micael (Nani 64), Moutinho (Meireles 46), Quaresma; Postiga (Hugo Almeida 63), Ronaldo (Varela 73).

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
• Nani and Meireles started all ten of Portugal's qualifiers, each passing 50 caps during the campaign.

• Ronaldo struck seven times in eight qualifiers, taking his international goals tally to 32, level with Luís Figo in third place on Portugal's top scorer list. Only Pauleta (47) and Eusébio (41) lie ahead.

• Bento replaced Carlos Queiroz two games – and one point – into UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying. He handed João Pereira an international debut in his first game in charge: a 3-1 win against Denmark.

• Of the final 23-men squad, six players did not feature in qualifying: Beto, Miguel Lopes, Ricardo Costa, Custódio, Viana and Nélson Oliveira.

• Ronaldo had 23 shots on target in qualifying; more than any other player.

Domestic information
• Meireles helped Chelsea FC to their fourth FA Cup win in six years and a maiden UEFA Champions League triumph, though he was suspended for the Munich final.

• Ronaldo, Pepe and Coentrão helped Real Madrid CF to their first Spanish Liga title in four years.

• Ronaldo was ever-present, and eclipsed his record of 40 Spanish top-flight goals set in 2010/11 with 46 this time round – that was, however, four shy of leading scorer Lionel Messi.

• Rolando, Moutinho and Silvestre Varela were part of the FC Porto squad that earned their sixth Portuguese championship in seven years.

• Bruno Alves helped FC Zenit St Petersburg retain the Russian title in a 44-game, 14-month campaign as the Premier-Liga made the transition from summer to winter league.

• Beto helped CFR 1907 Cluj to their third Romanian championship.

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