Germany looks for win against France
14 November 2003, HAMBURG - The rise and rise of Premier League club Chelsea will be reflected at Old Trafford on Sunday with five players from the cash-rich Londoners poised to play some part in England's friendly against fellow Euro 2004 finalists Denmark.
14 November 2003
HAMBURG - The rise and rise of Premier League club Chelsea will be reflected at Old Trafford on Sunday with five players from the cash-rich Londoners poised to play some part in England's friendly against fellow Euro 2004 finalists Denmark.
Meanwhile, a day earlier Germany will be looking to put a three- year losing streak against top footballing nations behind them when Rudi Voeller's side take on European champions France in Gelsenkirchen.
Chelsea midfielders Frank Lampard, Joe Cole and defenders John Terry, Glen Johnson and Wayne Bridge are all likely to be given a run out by coach Sven Goran Eriksson in England's last match of the calendar year.
"I think that they deserve to be in there, all five of them, as they are very good players," said Eriksson.
Germany take on France knowing that the last time they beat a major football power was in October 2000 when they prevailed 1-0 over England at Wembley.
What followed were six defeats for the three-time European champions, starting with a 1-0 loss at the Stade de France against the French from Zinedine Zidane's winner.
"Of course it would be nice to win against one of the bigger teams again," said coach Voeller.
"But the French squad consists almost entirely of world class players. We are playing against the biggest European title favourite. The match against France is much more than a test - it is a highlight," he said.
France are without injured Premiership duo Marcel Desailly and Patrick Vieira, as well as Steve Marlet, which means Lyon striker Sydney Govou returns to the national set-up after a five-month injury-related absence.
"The fact that Jacques Santini has called on me is a vote of confidence but the Euro is still a long way away," said Govou in reference to the squad that will go to Portugal.
France were the only nation to win all their matches in qualifying for Euro 2004. Germany also advanced undefeated but had an unconvincing campaign.
Euro 2004 hosts Portugal are also in action Saturday when they take on surprise finalists Greece, who qualified ahead of the Spain in Group 6.
Greece coach, Otto Rehhagel, was rewarded Thursday with 30 percent pay rise and a two-year extension to his contract. The German will now be in charge until the 2006 World Cup, which will be hosted by his native country.
Also playing Saturday are Italy, who will be looking to bounce back from a midweek 3-1 friendly defeat away to Poland when they take on Romania in Ancona. Poland, meanwhile, meet Serbia and Montenegro on Sunday in Plock.
Coach Giovanni Trapattoni will be without big names like Alessandro Del Piero and Filippo Inzaghi but Italy should still be too strong for a Romanian team that only managed to finish third in its Euro 2004 qualifying group behind Denmark and Norway.
Subject: German news