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Match facts: Germany v Italy

Published: Tuesday 26 June 2012, 2.10CET

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Published: Tuesday 26 June 2012, 2.10CET

Match facts: Germany v Italy


• Joachim Löw's side have won a record 15 successive competitive games, breaking the 14-match international record previously held by Spain (2010-11), France (2002-04) and the Netherlands (2008-2010).

• All three of the goals Miroslav Klose has scored at the UEFA European Championship – and ten of the 17 he has managed at major final tournaments – have been headers.

• Germany have only kept just four clean sheets in their last 19 matches at the UEFA European Championship.

• Germany have scored at least one goal in each of their last 20 games.

• The semi-final will be Löw's 84th 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 57, lost 12.

• Germany have won all 14 UEFA European Championship games in which they have been two goals up.

Injury news
• Bastian Schweinsteiger said last week that he still has ankle problems after tearing ligaments in February.

• İlkay Gündoğan twisted his left ankle in training on Saturday, straining his ligaments.

• Mesut Özil (v Portugal and v Greece), Mario Gomez (v Netherlands) and Lukas Podolski (v Denmark) have all won Carlsberg Man of the Match awards at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Philipp Lahm had gone 87 games without a goal, since a penalty against FC St Pauli on 11/12/2010, before his effort against Greece.

• This was the first time Germany have completed a UEFA European Championship group stage with a 100% record.

• Lukas Podolski won his 100th cap against Denmark, becoming West Germany/Germany's seventh centurion.

• 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.

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

Pre-tournament friendlies
31/05 Germany 2-0 Israel (Gomez 40, Schürrle 82)
26/05 Switzerland 5-3 Germany (Derdiyok 21 23 50, Lichtsteiner 67, Mehmedi 76; Hummels 45, Schürrle 64, Reus 72)

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.

• Three of the final tournament squad did not feature in qualifying: Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert 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, Gündoğan and Mario Götze helped 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 scored 26 German top-flight goals this season and 12 in the UEFA Champions League – including four in a 7-0 win against FC Basel 1893. Podolski and Marco Reus registered Bundesliga personal bests with 18 goals.

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


• Italy have won just one of their last seven games in regulation time. That victory, over the Republic of Ireland on 18/06, ended a national-record run of six games without a victory in major final tournaments for the Azzurri.

• Coach Cesare Prandelli is unbeaten in competitive internationals, recording nine wins and five draws to date with the shoot-out triumph over England classed as a draw.

• Italy have never scored an extra-time goal at the UEFA European Championship in seven attempts.

• Andrea Pirlo made 146 passes against England, completing 117 – the most at UEFA EURO 2012, extra time included.

• Christian Maggio is suspended for the semi-final after picking up bookings against Spain and England.

Injury news
• Giorgio Chiellini limped off with a hamstring injury against Croatia and missed the quarter-final against England.

• Ignazio Abate (muscle fatigue) and Daniele De Rossi (sciatica) suffered problems against England.

• Antonio Cassano was expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing heart surgery on 04/11 but returned to action at the start of April.

• Cassano (v Ireland) and Pirlo (v Croatia, v England) have picked up Carlsberg Man of the Match awards at UEFA EURO 2012.

• Pirlo's effort against Croatia was the first goal direct from a free-kick at the UEFA European Championship since Marek Heinz versus Germany at UEFA EURO 2004.

• Emanuele Giaccherini made his competitive Italy debut against Spain and Alessandro Diamanti did likewise against Ireland; Fabio Borini is yet to make his competitive bow at senior level.

• Italy gathered at Coverciano, Florence, on 21/05, with players of Juventus, SSC Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain FC joining four days later due to domestic duties. The Azzurri arrived in Krakow on 05/06.

• Eight of the squad had EURO experience: Gianluigi Buffon (2004, 2008), Cassano (2004, 2008), Pirlo (2004, 2008), Chiellini (2008), Andrea Barzagli (2008), De Rossi (2008), Antonio Di Natale (2008) and Morgan De Sanctis (2008).

Pre-tournament friendly
01/06 Italy 0-3 Russia (Kerzhakov 59, Shirokov 75 89)

• Italy's friendly with Luxembourg in Parma, scheduled for 29/05, was cancelled after an earthquake.

UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying
• Italy's tally of 26 points from ten games was a national record in a qualifying section for a major tournament.

• The Azzurri also finished with the best defensive record across the nine groups, conceding only two goals.

• Discounting the six minutes of the home game against Serbia before it was abandoned, Italy did not concede for 625 minutes between Estonia finding the net in their opening fixture and Serbia's goal 13 months later.

• Chiellini played every minute of Italy's campaign; Cassano was the only other ever-present member of the squad and also the Azzurri's six-goal leading scorer.

• Six of the squad did not play in qualifying: Angelo Ogbonna, Abate, Giaccherini, Di Natale, Borini, Diamanti.

Domestic information
• The Italy squad features seven members of the Juventus side that went through the Serie A season unbeaten en route to the title: Buffon, Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Chiellini, Giaccherini, Claudio Marchisio and Pirlo.

• The Bianconeri suffered their first defeat of the season in their last outing in the Coppa Italia final on 20/05, losing 2-0 to a Napoli side featuring De Sanctis and Maggio.

• Mario Balotelli scored 13 goals in 23 appearances and was sent off twice as Manchester City FC won their first English top-flight title in 44 years.

• Di Natale struck 23 times as Udinese Calcio finished third in Serie A, the third successive season he has hit 20 or more. He did not manage more than 17 before he reached the age of 30.

• Giovinco (15), Marchisio (9) and Diamanti (8) all established personal bests in front of goal in Serie A while Nocerino's return of ten in 35 games was four more than he had mustered in his previous four seasons combined.

• Pirlo has not been on the losing side in Serie A since 18 December 2010, when he was at AC Milan.

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