Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Star-studded Argentina will put Germany to the test in quarterfinals

Having dispatched England, the Nationalelf now have to face one of the pre-tournament favorites. Argentina are undefeated thus far, and the question is: are they good, very good or world-class?

When Germany's young squad takes to the pitch against Argentina on Saturday in Cape Town, they will be forgiven if they're a bit awe-struck.

Lining up on the other side will be a living legend with a short fuse, the consensus choice for the world's most skilled player and three other forwards who would likely be in the starting eleven if they played for Joachim Loew.

On the other hand, the Gauchos have yet to face any truly top opponents and thus remain as enigmatic as coach Diego Maradona.

Recent history is also on Germany's side: The team knocked out Argentina at the same stage of the 2006 World Cup. But is there any chance of repeating the upset of the Albicelestes this time round? The key to success would involve exploiting weaknesses at the back.

And they'll have to pay special attention to the little guy who wears number 10.

To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5739091,00.html

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