France vs. Germany: 5 Key Battles to Watch in International Friendly

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France vs. Germany: 5 Key Battles to Watch in International Friendly
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France play host to Germany on Wednesday in what is one of the most eagerly anticipated friendly matches of the current international break. 

The two sides are familiar with one another, having met last February at the Weserstadion in Bremen. That fixture the visitors, coached by Laurent Blanc, won 2-1. The score suggests a close game, but the French were ahead from the 21st minute onward, and Germany only scored their goal in injury time.

Things are different now, however, with Didier Deschamps having taken the helm as France coach and many players in both teams having developed. Right now, France and Germany are two of the strongest national teams in the world. And as such, Wednesday's match will be not just a friendly, but an opportunity for the two sides to gauge their quality as they prepare for the 2014 World Cup.

There will be several key battles to keep an eye on during Wednesday's match, as familiar foes and club teammates square off. Click "Begin Slideshow" for a full analysis of the important head-to-head clashes to follow.

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