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Germany Vs Greece: Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Preview

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Greece's players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 Group A match against Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 16, 2012.
Greece's players celebrate their 1-0 win during the Euro 2012 Group A match against Russia in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, June 16, 2012.

By Karthick Arvinth, Goal.com

The Mannschaft have never lost a European Championship quarterfinal and will be confident of keeping that record intact against Fernando Santos' surprise package.

PROBABLE LINEUPS

GERMANY
Neuer
Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm
Khedira, Schweinsteiger
Muller, Ozil, Podolski
Gomez

GREECE
Sifakis
To'sidis, Pa'poulos, K Pa'poulos, Tzavelas
Katsouranis, Maniatis
Salpingidis, Fotakis, Samaras
Gekas

Germany has no fitness concerns ahead of the quarterfinal clash with Greece in Gdansk on Friday.

Defender Jerome Boateng is available after serving a one-match ban and is set to take over from Lars Bender at right back, in what is likely to be the only change to the side that beat Denmark 2-1 on Sunday.

Greece coach Fernando Santos will be without captain Giorgos Karagounis and Jose Holebas, who are both suspended, while goalkeeper Kostas Chalkias is unlikely to recover from his hamstring injury in time.

Parma-bound playmaker Sotiris Ninis could be drafted in to replace Karagounis, or, alternatively, Santos may opt for the more experienced Giorgos Fotakis.

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Germany has won its last 14 competitive international fixtures, a national record.
  • The Mannschaft have never lost to Greece. Their record in eight previous head-to-head meetings is W5, D3.
  • The Germans are competing in their fifth European championship quarterfinal and have gone on to reach the final on each previous occasion.
  • Holger Badstuber is a yellow card away from suspension.
  • Greece has scored just once in each of its last eight games, winning just twice during that sequence.
  • The Hellenic outfit have scored in 21 of the 24 matches under Fernando Santos - the exceptions all ended as goalless draws.
  • Greece's only quarterfinal appearance at a major tournament was the 1-0 triumph over France at Euro 2004, a competition it went on to win.
  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Dimitris Salpingidis and Vasilis Torosidis will incur a ban with their next bookings.

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