Euro 2012: The Runners & Riders – Germany


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Stefan Volkmann says:

    Really interested to see how Loew is going to accomodate the abundance of attacking talent at his disposal. At the moment it looks like the same attacking foursome that starred at the last World Cup with Klose spearheading a trident of Podolski, Oezil and Mueller will start, but personally I’m more excited to see what Reus and especially Goetze produce in their first major tournament. My only worry is that if Klose gets injured Gomez will have to start and we’ll be forced to endure watching that donkey shanking chances into the stands for two weeks. I’m hoping that in such a situation he’d slip Podolski in upfront and Goetze in on the left.

  1. May 27, 2012

    […] “It is now sixteen years since Germany last won a major international tournament. This (perhaps surprisingly long) period of time hasn’t been without its fair share of pain, but to suggest that this is some sort of drought when when they’ve reached the World Cup final, the World Cup semi-final and the European Championship final in those intervening years would be something of a push. More interestingly, the image of the German national team has been overhauled in recent years. If the old image of the team was built upon the joyless performances of West Germany at the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain and could be visualised as the seemingly perpetually growling face of Harald Schumacher, its replacement was perhaps best demonstrated by two fluid and flexible thrashings handed out in successive matches to England and Argentina in the World Cup finals two years ago. This German national team – fallible and invigorating, capable in equal measures of outstanding brilliance and handing out doses of both agony and ecstasy to its supporters – is possibly the most eagerly anticipated of all sixteen competitors at this summers tournament.” twohundredpercent […]

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