Germany plans two forwards in Latvia game
17 June 2004, ALMANCIL - Germany will return to their traditional attacking lineup in the second Euro 2004 match against Latvia by fielding two forwards, coach Rudi Voeller announced on Thursday.
17 June 2004
ALMANCIL - Germany will return to their traditional attacking lineup in the second Euro 2004 match against Latvia by fielding two forwards, coach Rudi Voeller announced on Thursday.
Fredi Bobic from Hertha Berlin is expected to team up with VfB Stuttgart's Kevin Kuranyi on Saturday. Kuranyi was the lone striker in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with the Netherlands in Germany's first group D game.
Frank Baumann is the likely player to lose his place in the starting 11. The Werder Bremen player was fielded on Tuesday to strengthen Germany's midfield against the Dutch.
Baumann will make no fuss if he is left out, saying: "I will accept any decision by the coach."
Anything but victory against the Euro newcomers Latvia will be a big disappointment for the three-time champions Germany and will make their path into the knockout stages more difficult. Latvia lost their opener 2-1 against the Czech Republic.
Meanwhile the Bild daily revealed on Thursday that Germany captain Oliver Kahn has a Latvian grandmother, but won't hand out any gifts to the Baltic nation when their national teams meet on Saturday.
"It is true, there is a link to Latvia. But there won't be any gifts on Saturday," Bild quoted Kahn as saying in reference to Saturday's match.
"I feel German," Kahn said.
Germany coach Rudi Voeller said: "I didn't know this until today, but I am not exactly shattered by the news."
Bild said that Kahn's grandfather married a Latvian woman while working for the German navy in the Latvian port of Liepaja. Kahn's father was born in Liepaja before the family went to the German city of Karlsruhe during World War Two.
Kahn was born in Karlsruhe where he started his Bundesliga career before moving to Bayern Munich 10 years ago.
Subject: German news