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Germany have made the perfect start to qualifying for the 2012 European Championships, winning all four matches to this point, to sit comfortably atop of Group A. Whilst they already possess a five point buffer over second placed Austria, the Germans are a proud nation who will be confident of attaining a maximum 30 points from their 10 allotted qualifiers (and many sports betting sites will give you good odds on Germany’s clean sweep).
In a group consisting the likes of Turkey, Belgium, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and the Austrians, the 2006 World Cup hosts have been pitted in a relatively weak group. Trips away from home are always difficult in such significant qualifiers however, as proven by the Germans hard fought 1-0 victory in Brussels over the Belgians in the opening round of qualifiers.
Sending a message to the rest of Europe
Whilst the Germans have yet to meet Austria, they managed to comfortably account for a fairly strong Turkish side 3-0 at home, whilst they again edged out Belgium in that tricky trip on the road. Unsurprisingly they convincingly saw off minnows Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and to this point they have conceded just once in 360 minutes of football.
This weekend they are set to square off against Kazakhstan once again, meaning their advantage atop of the group is certain to remain, and possibly extend, should Austria drop points at home to Belgium who they drew 4-4 with in October 2010.
With the perfect mix of youth and experience, the Germans are already being touted as one of the favourites for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With Miroslav Klose scoring six of the sideís 13 goals in qualifying so far, and with Thomas Mueller, Mezut Ozil, Sami Khedira and Manuel Neuer continuing to shine in German colours, Die Mannschaft can certainly pose a massive threat in 2014, and especially in next yearís European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine.
In their quest for their first piece of silverware since Euro 1996, the Germans are well placed and poised at the present time to go one better than 2008, when they were defeated in the final against Spain. They possess one of the most exciting squad lists in world football, and with so much promise for the future, it will be no surprise when they record 30 points from 10 matches in their qualification campaign.
Even if their progression is assured with a few qualifiers remaining, the Germans are not known to ease off on their opponents, so expect the impressive results to carry on, and the dominance to continue all the way to next yearís finals.