Kazakhstan v Germany : Likely Line-Ups


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(Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images) — While Turkey defender SERVET CETIN of SK Galatasaray Istanbul watches, VOLKAN DEMIREL of SK Fenerbahce Istanbul collects the ball as Germany World Cup reserve midfielder TONI KROOS of Bayern Munich (18) hurdles the Turkey goalkeeper at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

In the continued absence of injured Germany World Cup midfielder BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER of Bayern Munich, the versatile 20-year-old Kroos is expected to continue in the defensive midfield spot normally occupied by his Bundesliga teammate against Kazakhstan in the 2012 European Championships Group A qualification match on Tuesday.
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The likely line-ups (as per rponline.de) for the KAZAKHSTAN v GERMANY qualifying match for Group A in the 2012 European Championships competition on Tuesday, October 11 :

KAZAKHSTAN
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GK —- 5 caps —- 0 goals – 30 – Andrei SIDELNIKOV — FC Aktobe

DF – 11 caps —- 0 goals – 26 – Alexander KIROV — Lokomotiv Astana
DF —- 3 caps —- 0 goals – 32 – Alexei POPOV — FC Amkar Perm (Rus)
DF – 15 caps —- 1 goals – 28 – Rinat ABDULIN — FC Tobol Kostanay
DF —- 5 caps —- 0 goals – 26 – Mikhail ROZHKOV — Lokomotiv Astana

MF —- 8 caps —- 0 goals – 23 – Azat NURGALIEV — FC Tobol Kostanay
MF —- 2 caps —- 0 goals – 25 – Kazbek GETERIEV — Spartak Nalchik (Rus)
MF —- 8 caps —- 0 goals – 28 – Evgeny AVERCHENKO — FC Aktobe
MF —- 2 caps —- 0 goals – 24 – Heinrich SCHMIDTGAL — Rot-Weiss Oberhausen (Ger)

FW —- 8 caps —- 3 goals – 19 – Sergei KHIZHNICHENKO — FC Atyrau
FW – 51 caps —- 6 goals – 29 – Nikolai ZHUMASKALIYEV — FC Tobol Kostanay

Kazakhstan does have one player who should be of some interest to the followers of the 2.Bundesliga. HEINRICH SCHMIDTGAL, who was born in Esik, Kazakhstan but moved to Germany at the age of two, is expected to start for Kazakhstan. The 24-year-old midfielder is in his second season in the German second division with Rot Weiss Oberhausen after having spent two years with the Vfl Bochum reserves.

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GERMANY
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GK – 14 caps —- 0 goals – 24 – Manuel NEUER — Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen

DF – 74 caps —- 4 goals – 26 – Philipp LAHM — Bayern Munich
DF – 72 caps —- 1 goals – 26 – Per MERTESACKER — Werder Bremen
DF – 21 caps —- 3 goals – 27 – Heikko WESTERMANN — SV Hamburg
DF —- 7 caps —- 1 goals – 21 – Holger BADSTUBER — Bayern Munich

MF – 15 caps —- 1 goals – 23 – Sami KHEDIRA — Real Madrid (Spa)
MF – 11 caps —- 0 goals – 20 – Toni KROOS — Bayern Munich

MF – 11 caps —- 5 goals – 21 – Thomas MUELLER — Bayern Munich
MF – 20 caps —- 3 goals – 21 – Mesut OEZIL — Real Madrid (Spa)
MF – 82 caps – 41 goals – 25 – Lukas PODOLSKI — 1.FC Koeln

FW – 104 caps – 57 goals – 32 – Miroslav KLOSE — Bayern Munich

Germany World Cup defender JEROME BOATENG of English Premier League club Manchester City is definitely out of action after having come down with the stomach flu; the 22-year-old did not accompany the national team on the trip to Kazakhstan.

“If everything runs normally, I will not make changes,” Germany national team trainer JOACHIM LOEW stated before boarding the plane heading east.

Meanwhile, Germany World Cup midfielder MESUT OEZIL of Spanish giant Real Madrid did take part in the Germans’ final training session in the Kazakh capital of Astana; the 21-year-old, who scored a goal in Germany’s 3-0 shutout of Turkey on Friday, had picked up an contusion on the ankle in the match against the land of his ancestors.

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Germany midfielder MESUT OEZIL of Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid shoots past Turkey goalkeeper VOLKAN DEMIREL of SK Fenerbahce Istanbul to score his third career goal for Deutschland at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. (Gero Breloer/AP)

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