Germany undefeated so far in 2012 European Championship qualifiers
August 31, 2011
The German national football team is slated to play against Austria on Friday for the qualifying rounds of the 2012 European Championship. If Germany wins, they will be undefeated in Group A, and they will be the first team to secure their place in the championship, according to The Associated Press.
The German team has recently come under fire from the team's captain, Philipp Lahm, following the publication of his book, The Subtle Difference. In the book, Lahm criticized former national coaches and players. While Loew is upset by Lahm's harsh words, he reports that there are no talks of stripping Lahm of his position as captain.
Instead, the team is focusing on the upcoming game against Austria. The Austrian team lost two players, Stefan Kulovits and Paul Scharner, to injury and suspension, but they also gained striker Marko Arnautovic. Arnautovic has not played with the team since March, but he is Austria's top scorer.
"We expect to secure qualification with a victory on Friday," Germany's coach, Joachim Loew, told The AP. "We still need a win so we can definitely start planning for the championships."
Football fans can keep up with all the action by making calls to Germany to talk to their friends about the latest statistics and scores.