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Euro 2012: Germany and Portugal prepare for battle


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Euro 2012: Germany and Portugal prepare for battle

Joachim Loew’s Germany side were put through their paces in their second training session this week as they gear up for Euro 2012 that begins on Friday.

As one of the pre-tournament favourites Germany begin their European campaign in Group B alongside The Netherlands, Denmark and Portugal and star striker Miroslav Klose is feeling confident.

Klose said: “For sure I am very optimistic because we have a great team with great players. We have two alternatives for every position and we make it very easy for the coach to select.”

It wasn’t all on-field drills for the squad at their training base on the outskirts of Gdansk. A bike ride through the town came as a welcome distraction for a squad looking to end their nation’s 16-year-European title drought.

Germany first take on Portugal on June 9 in Lviv, Ukraine.

The Portuguese were also fine tuning their engines before Saturday’s match at their training camp in Poznan, Poland.

And Judging by the high sprits on the pitch the side appear to have put their final friendly defeat against Turkey last weekend behind them.

Portugal, led by 42-year-old Paulo Bento, are the odd ones out in group B.

They are the only nation out of the four not to have won the European championships – with Denmark victorious in 1992, Germany a three times winner (1972, 1980, 1996) while The Netherlands lifted the trophy in 1988.

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