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Germany warming up for Euro 2008 qualifying

Germany warming up for Euro 2008 qualifying

Coming off a record 13-0 victory, Germany is warming up for another European Championship qualifying match when it plays Georgia on Saturday.
The friendly in the northern port city of Rostock will give coach Joachim Loew an opportunity to break in some rookies before the match that really counts _ Slovakia in Bratislava on Wednesday.
Loew is 3-0 since he took over as Germany's coach from Juergen Klinsmann after the World Cup.
His team's 13-0 victory at San Marino last month was a record in European Championship qualifying history.
Germany is still on a high after finishing third at the World Cup at home and Loew will be eager not to lose momentum against Georgia, even though it's only an exhibition match.
"The focus is on the game in Slovakia," Loew said. "We have an opportunity there to leave our opposition six points behind."
After two games, Germany leads Group D with six points. It also beat Ireland 1-0 in its opener.
However, Loew has his problems. Most of his regular defense is injured and the coach has seven players who were not in the World Cup squad. These players include three rookies _ defender Clemens Fritz, midfielder Piotr Trochowski and striker Jan Schlaudraff _ plus defender Alexander Madlung, who has been in the squad but has still to make his debut.
Reserve striker Oliver Neuville is out with an Achilles' tendon injury and Miroslav Klose, the World Cup's top scorer, will be rested. He has been battling an ankle injury.
Germany will start with Lukas Podolski and Mike Hanke as forwards.
Midfielder Torsten Frings is also hurting and may be rested.
Ghana-born Gerald Asamoah, who broke his leg in last week's UEFA Cup match, was the target of racist taunts by Rostock fans during a German Cup game with his club, Schalke.
Asamoah had been scheduled to meet with Rostock fans before Saturday's game.
In an interview posted on the German soccer federation's Web site, Asamoah appealed once again against racism in German stadiums.
"We can't give rightist radicals any chance," he said.
Georgia's coach is a German, Klaus Toppmoeller.
His team is also warming up for an important European Championship game next week _ against World Cup winner Italy in Group B.
With that game, Georgia will have played against the top three finishers from the World Cup in about a month _ it lost 3-0 to runner-up France last month.


Updated : 2021-08-06 11:02 GMT+08:00