Germany will resume long-standingrivalry against Portugal in their opening Group B match at theEuropean Championship on Saturday when the two traditional powersare expected to bring in the first top clash of the tournament. One day after the opener between Poland and Greece, Germany andPortugal, both the favorites of the “death group”, are promising toproduce the first climax based on their past glories and a bunch offirst-class players in the world. The duo are going to play against each other for the 17th time. Inthe previous records, Germany gets an upper hand with eight wins,five draws and three defeats. In their last two high-profile meetings from the 2006 World Cup andEuro 2008 finals, Germany won both and looked to complete thehat-trick winning streak against the opponent at Lviv ArenaSaturday night. Womens Leather Flat Shoes
Boosted by their young guns, Germany are tipped as the favorite tolift the trophy for the fourth time even if drawn into the toughestgroup along with Portugal, Netherlands and Denmark. With the inclusion of some new faces, Germany, the youngest squadamong the 16 finalists, has many choices in the combination whichcan keep their advantage in the midfield battle and aerial clash inthe box. Mesut Oezil, Sami Khedira and Bastian Schweinsteiger are Germany’smidfield backbone in South Africa two years ago, who effectivelylinked the back four with the forwards and wingers. But they are not sure to feature together on Saturday’s big matchas the head coach Joachim Loew always surprises his opponent in thestarting 11 with unexpected adjustments. Espadrille Wedge Sandals Manufacturer
Mario Goetze, the leading role in Dortmund, may get a chance in hisfirst international tournament to test Portugal defenders with hisgood visions and abilities to create space. Physically and mentally stronger, technically more pragmatic andeffective, the three-time winner is likely to extend theiradvantages over the opponent to build up a solid start in thegroup. Portugal, who are three games without a win in 2012, needs to learnsome experiences from the last two defeats against the Germany andbe alert for the opponent’s headers especially delivered from theset-pieces. Led by the leading winger Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal has toimprove their teamwork in attack. China Cork Slippers
In three of their last five games, Portugal have ended goalless. They should copy Ronaldo’s effective strategy in Madrid which isholding solid positions in the midfield with patient moves andtight defenses then sending the ball in time and directly to thewinger in counterattack to provide width and deep for the frontline. However, who can be Portugal’s leading striker like what Nuno Gomesdid in Euro 2000 is still a question. Ronald can also play a No.
9 position but who can be a No. 7 inflanks is another problem. That is to say, after the end of “golden generation” in 2004,Portugal so far only has one top player in the world, which is notenough for them to beat a world’s top team. Special Report: Euro 2012.