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snakies2010-05-04 08:43:54 +0000 #1
Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann has today named his squad for Wednesday’s international friendly against Italy.

The former Inter player has selected a 20-man party for the trip to Florence’s Stadio Artemio Franchi.

Despite recent injury concerns, Bayern ‘keeper Oliver Kahn is selected along with his teammate Michael Ballack – who will be looking to impress Italian clubs keen on his signature.

Werder Bremen forward Miroslav Klose did enough on his return from the sidelines against Juventus last night to also be selected.

Azzurri tactician Marcello Lippi will respond with his selection on Sunday afternoon, once the majority of the Week 27 schedule has been completed.

The Italian players will then convene at the Coverciano training base on Monday at 12.30, while the outfit’s new Puma home strip will be unveiled to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

In other international news, Roma stopper Philippe Mexes has earned a French recall following a two-year absence.

The in-form stopper, who will be joined by the Juve trio of Lilian Thuram, Patrick Vieira and David Trezeguet, is fancied to feature against Slovakia.

Germany squad: Oliver Kahn (Bayern), Jens Lehmann (Arsenal); Arne Friedrich (Hertha), Robert Huth (Chelsea), Marcell Jansen (Borussia Mon), Philipp Lahm (Bayern), Per Mertesacker (Hannover), Christoph Metzelder (Borussia Dortmund), Patrick Owomoyela (Werder); Michael Ballack, Sebastian Deisler, Bastian Schweinsteiger (Bayern), Tim Borowski, Torsten Frings (Werder), Fabian Ernst (Schalke), Bernd Schneider (Bayer); Gerald Asamoah (Schalke), Mike Hanke (Wolfsburg), Miroslav Klose (Werder), Lukas Podolski (Cologne).


RaulMadrid72010-05-04 08:45:48 +0000 #2
It looks like Germany has the edge.

Ballack scoring that amazing goal against Milan a few days ago in the Champions League and Klose beating Juventus shows their offense is strong.

But the main factor I think will be Totti's injury.
snakies2010-05-04 09:09:12 +0000 #3
Italy boss Marcello Lippi has told Antonio Cassano that he must play more regularly for Real Madrid in order to win an international recall.

Cassano was omitted from the latest Azzurri squad with Lippi today citing his lack of use in Spain as the decisive factor.

“The little amount of time that he is playing right now is not helping,” the former Juventus Coach underlined on Monday.

“Unfortunately for Cassano, he isn’t playing very much – 10 minutes here, seven there, 15…” he tailed off.

“Let’s say that his situation has changed little from when he was at Roma. I hope he plays more so that I can see him in action.”

While Cassano’s January switch seems to have proved useless, Christian Vieri’s decision to join Monaco has been rewarded.

“I want players with conviction and he is one of these,” Lippi said after Vieri’s recent goals in the principality.

“I am certain that Vieri is very important to this team and he can provide a substantial contribution.”

Lippi’s squad for the Germany friendly consisted of a few surprises, such as the call-up of Manuel Pasqual, but also the expected return of Simone Perrotta.

“Given the circumstances (the injury to Gianluca Zambrotta), I decided to pick him,” said Lippi of the Fiorentina defender. “He has ability and is of excellent quality.

“Perrotta? He has shown some great character recently, even if he should thank his club Coach for that too.”

Lippi again added that he was confident that the injured Francesco Totti would be fit for Germany 2006.

“You’ll see that he makes him,” added the Viareggino. “If that isn’t the case, even if I’m not thinking about that scenario, then I will study a few more options.

“He is an irreplaceable player for us even if he has only played seven of my 19 games in charge. I hope that after Gigi Buffon and Totti, our injury concerns are over.”

Lippi’s Italy, who are now being assisted by the presence of former Juve defender Ciro Ferrara on the staff, play Germany in Florence on Wednesday.
snakies2010-05-04 08:53:24 +0000 #4
Germany captain Michael Ballack is convinced that his outfit can upset Italy in this week’s glamour friendly.

The World Cup hosts take on the Azzurri in Florence on Wednesday and the Bayern Munich ace is eyeing a victory.

“I am convinced that we will do very well against Italy in the week,” the central midfielder said on Monday evening.

“We need to step on to the field of play with the belief that we have what is needed to beat our opponents.

“I have great hopes on the eve of this game.”

Italian eyes will definitely be focused on the former Bayer Leverkusen ace given his current contractual situation.

Ballack is set to leave Bayern on a free transfer in the summer and a number of clubs, Inter in particular, are keen.

But Ballack wouldn’t be drawn on the inevitable questions about what shirt he will be wearing in the 2006-07 season.

“I will only reply to questions that are about football which is played on the field,” he elegantly responded.

Meanwhile, Germany boss Jurgen Klinsmann has mirrored Ballack’s views with regard to the tie against Marcello Lippi’s men.

“We are focused on bringing Italy’s recent run of good results to an end,” the former Inter striker said. “I want a victory against a top team.”
toronto_soccer2010-05-04 10:27:23 +0000 #5
also oddo from lazio will be part of the team on wednesday. and i am concerned about the comments Lippi made about Vieri. he stated then restated that Vieri will play an important role for his azzurri team. i don't want to see Vieri on the azzurri at all, because of his tendancy to squander his opportunities.

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