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Turkey vs. Germany: Germans Look Like Team to Beat After Drubbing of Turkey

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 07:  Gerard Pique of Spain challenges Mario Gomez of Germany during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Semi Final match between Germany and Spain at Durban Stadium on July 7, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent INovember 4, 2016

If the qualifying so far is any indication, there will be no shortage of formidable squads in the field at Euro 2012.

Powerful nations like France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, England and the Czech Republic have shown that they are going to be threats, but it has been the Germans that have staked their claim as the team to beat.

They did nothing to change that opinion with a solid 3-1 win over Turkey in their latest Euro 2012 qualifier.

Early on, the Germans seemed to be toying with Turkey until Mario Gomez found the back of the net in the 35th minute. From there, they were off to the races.

This most recent win means that Germany has won all nine of their Euro 2012 qualifying matches and with a win over Belgium in their final qualifying match, they would be perfect in all 10 of their qualifiers, something they have never done before.

More than just the results, Germany has to feel good about they way they are winning their matches. In their nine Euro 2012 qualifiers, they have scored 31 goals. The level of competition will obviously be stiffer once they get into Euro 2012 play, but that type of attacking football will win some matches no matter who they play.

Maybe more impressive is the six goals allowed so far in their qualifying matches. It's rare that you see a squad so dominant on the attack and on defense.

Beyond the gaudy results and statistics, Germany just seems to have the right mix of players on their team.

They are filled with veterans eager to get another shot at Spain and the Netherlands, the two squads that finished ahead of them in the 2010 World Cup.

A lot can change before the start of Euro 2012, but based on what we have seen in the qualifying round, Germany looks the part of a force to be reckoned with.

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