Germany will try to continue with his habit of winning the opening match when they will take on Ukraine in the Group C on Sunday.
Ukraine has nothing to fear against Germany
The qualification campaign for Germany was not easy. They were struggling against the Republic of Ireland, Scotland, and Poland but they still won Group D by one point over Poland to reach Euro 2016. The Republic of Ireland defeated Germany in Euro qualifiers by 1-0. But by the two bold goals of Thomas Muller, Germany able to win against Scotland in a crucial game by 3-2. The team had also got victory over Poland by 3-1 and finished at the first spot with 19 points.
Germany is also struggling with the injuries of their players. But they have as of now are experienced and can lead and electrify the whole team. German forward Thomas Muller is a well-rounded forward, Turkish club Beşiktaş striker Mario Gomez is a goal-scoring poacher, Mario Gotze has always played good for his country and Mesut Ozil’s vision is world class.
Defence remains a headache for the Germans. However, it’s worth noting that Germany had won the 2014 World Cup by starting four center-backs. Central defender Benedikt Howedes along with Jonas Hector, a proper full back, will flank Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. There will be one natural wide player on the back line, but with Hummels’ fitness issues, Joachim Low may have a selection headache.
Ukraine qualified for Euros after finishing third in their Group C behind Spain and Slovakia. Ukraine relied on explosive wide forwards Yarmolenko and Konoplyanka. Forward Roman Zozulya will probably spearhead the attack but his record is quite an unimpressive record and may be pressured by striker Artem Kravets.
They have not young players in defence and the 37-year-old Vyacheslav Shevchuk remains the best option at left-back. The team have a plenty of Champions League experience with top two clubs of Ukraine.
- Germany remains unbeaten against Ukraine in five previous encounters with two victory and three drawn. Both the teams have scored 11 goals (seven for Germany, four for Ukraine).
- Germany and Ukraine will face each other at its first major tournament.
- When Germany will come on the field, this will be its 12th appearance at Euros, more than any other team. They have won three European titles in 1972, 1980 and 1996.
- Three times, The Germans have failed to make it through the group stage in 1984, 2000 and 2004.
- Thomas Muller has scored nine goals in qualifying campaign for Germany.
- A positive record before the match, they have the habit of winning their opening game at Euros (W6, D5).
- At the last UEFA Euro 2012, Ukraine was knocked out in the group stage.
- Only Ukraine’s Andriy Shevchenko is the only player who has scored for the team at a European Championship finals (he netted twice).
- In their 12 qualifying games, Ukraine did not concede more than one goal. They let in only five goals total in a dozen matches.
- Andriy Yarmolenko scored six times for Ukraine during qualification – no other Ukrainian managed more than three.
- Yevhen Konoplyanka created more chances than any other Ukrainian player during qualifying.
Forwards: Mario Götze, Mario Gomez, Andre Schuerrle, Lukas Podolski.
Defenders: Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes, Emre Can, Jonas Hector, Shkodran Mustafi, Antonio Rudiger.
Goalkeepers: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno, Manuel Neuer.
Midfielders: Julian Draxler, Thomas Mueller, Sami Khedira, Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Leroy Sane, Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov, Mykyta Shevchenko, Deny.
Defenders: Mykyta Kamenyuka, Artem Fedetskiy, Oleksandr Kucher, Yaroslav Rakytskyi, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Yevhen Khacheridi.
Midfielders: Oleksandr Karavaev, Anatoliy Tymoschuk, Andriy Yarmolenko, Denys Garmash, Serhiy Rybalka, Taras Stepanenko, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Ruslan Rotan, Viktor Kovalenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Forwards: Roman Zozulya, Pylyp Budkovskyi, Yevhen Seleznyov.