Germany vs. Portugal: Euro 2012 Group B Preview, Team News, Projected Lineups

Mikhail Turner@MikhailTurnerContributor IIIJune 7, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND - FEBRUARY 29:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the International Friendly mach between Poland and Portugal at National Stadium on February 29, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Germany and Portugal will provide Euro 2012 with the first clash of international football giants when they face off this Saturday, June 9th.

These two are in possibly the toughest group of the tournament with the Netherlands and a very solid Denmark outfit that will cause problems for all.

That being said, falling behind on points will not be an option for either team as they try to get through this group.

There will be tons of attacking talent on display and fans will be hoping for a great game between sides who have some history in the tournament.

In Euro 2008, the Germans beat Portugal in the quarterfinals before losing to their Iberian neighbours Spain in the final. Further back in 2000, Portugal defeated Germany in the group stages before dropping out to eventual winners France.

Let's take a look at some team news and possible lineups for what should be a great game.

 

Germany Team News

The end of Germany's preparations for Euro 2012 did not go extremely well as the side suffered a loss to Switzerland. This was rectified with a 2-0 win over Israel.

The fact that Germany's squad is full of young talents is well known and fans will have to wait and see what the results are this time around. It has to be said that the nation's 2010 World Cup squad also had their fair share of young talent.

 

Portugal Team News

While Germany had up-and-down pre-tournament friendly games, Portugal was disappointing  in both their warm-up games with a draw against Macedonia and a loss to Turkey.

While performance matters more than results in most friendlies, the team's inability to win right before the tournament surely raises eyebrows.

Cristiano Ronaldo, the team's captain, gave an interview to UEFA and Paulo Bento, the team's coach, also provided his view on the team. Both seem confident that things will be better when the tournament begins.

 

Possible Lineups

Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer; Boateng, Badstuber, Mertesacker, Lahm; Khedira, Schweinsteiger; Muller, Ozil, Podoslki; Gomez

Portugal: (4-2-3-1): Patricio; Lopes, Alves, Pepe, Coentrao; Veloso, Meireles; Nani, Moutinho, Ronaldo; Almeida

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