WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 27: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany attends a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match against Italy, at the Municipal Stadium on June 27, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Die Nationalelf battle the Italians for a spot in the final. The winner will take on Spain this coming Sunday.
Line-ups are announced, and the fans are taking their seats. Very loudly. For Germany:
Neuer, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Özil, Kroos, Podolski, Gomez
Buffon, Chiellini, Balzaretti, Barzagli, Bonucci, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano
So all the big guns are on board. Bastian's ankle is feeling good enough to go, our Front 4 are the same as in the early matches, and Italy is gambling on Balotelli's fragile emotional state. I don't want to sound over-confident, but that starting 11 for Germany looks damn near unbeatable. I guess my biggest fears are set pieces and the quick counter-attack. Just like a Bayern match.
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