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Goalkeepers:
Oliver KAHN (Bayern Munich),
Jens LEHMANN (Borussia Dortmund),
Hans-Joerg BUTT (Bayer Leverkusen)

Defenders:
Thomas LINKE (Bayern Munich),
Christian WOERNS (Borussia Dortmund)
Sebastian KEHL (Borussia Dortmund)
Christoph METZELDER (Borussia Dortmund),
Joerg HEINRICH (Borussia Dortmund),
Marko REHMER (Hertha Berlin),
Christian ZIEGE (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders:
Michael BALLACK (Bayer Leverkusen),
Carsten RAMELOW (Bayer Leverkusen),
Bernd SCHNEIDER (Bayer Leverkusen),
Sebastian DEISLER (Hertha Berlin),
Torsten FRINGS (Werder Bremen),
Jens JEREMIES (Bayern Munich),
Dietmar HAMANN (Liverpool)

Strikers:
Gerald ASAMOAH (Schalke 04),
Oliver BIERHOFF (Monaco),
Oliver NEUVILLE (Bayer Leverkusen),
Carsten JANCKER (Bayern Munich),
Miroslav KLOSE (Kaiserslautern),
Marco BODE (Werder Bremen)

Standby list:

GK: Frank Rost (Werder Bremen),

DF:
Frank Baumann (Werder Bremen),
Ingo Hertzsch (Hamburg SV),

MF:
Stefan Beinlich (Hertha Berlin),
Joerg Boehme (Schalke 04),
Lars Ricken (Borussia Dortmund),

FW:
Thomas Brdaric (Bayer Leverkusen),
Martin Max (TSV 1860 Munich)
 

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Worns just got injured........and Bauman will replace him @ the mannschaft.
 

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The line up isn't so much up to date...I guess...
 

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Germans can reach final - barring injuries

www.dailysoccer.com


MIYAZAKI, Japan, May 30 (AFP)

Three-times world champions Germany can go all the way to the World Cup final if they can overcome their injury jinx, assistant coach Michael Skibbe said here Thursday.
"Die Mannschaft" arrived in Japan with several stars carrying injuries, including midfield dynamo Michael Ballack, while defender Marko Rehmer will only make the bench for Saturday's World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia in Sapporo after labouring under ankle and shoulder problems.
Rudi Voller's men are hoping to hark back to the spirit which brought triumphs in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
But having needed to go through the playoffs and oust Ukraine to get here there is little cause for over-confidence, to which German sides have sometimes fallen prey.
The injury bulletins have seen to that with Bayern Munich playmaker Sebastian Deisler, clubmate Mehmet Scholl, Bayer Leverkusen central defender Jens Nowotny and Dortmund defender Christian Worns all left behind.
However, Skibbe says that cometh the hour the Germans will be ready.
"I think it's possible we can get to the final - but you cannot discount the potential difficulties of the first match, which is always an important point of reference," he warned.
With games against Ireland and Cameroon to come, the Germans appear on paper at least to be favourites to get out of Group E.
If Spain can take command of Group B that would leave a second-round match against either Paraguay, South Africa or Slovenia - all seemingly negotiable hurdles.
After that, experience would be the key - and the Germans are not short on that with many of their stars having starred in top European competition this season for Champions League finalists Bayer Leverkusen, resurgent league title winners Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.
Ballack was the inspiration behind Leverkusen's rise to prominence and a battered and bruised foot after a season of 60 top class matches has been a cause of much concern.
But he is expected to grit his teeth and play on Saturday, according to Skibbe.
"He feels okay now and is no longer in much pain. In principle, he is going to play - and play through the pain barrier."
Bayern Munich-bound Ballack is the man to provide, along with Leverkusen sidekick Bernd Schneider, the ammunition for Miroslav Klose and Carsten Jancker, whom Voller will keep faith with for now despite a blank season with Bayern.
Jancker, linked with a move to Turkey after the event, insists he can shrug off his poor recent form.
"It's been a bad year for me - but the four before that were largely good," said the burly forward, who clearly believes he has not become a bad player overnight - but whose international record is a modest seven goals in 26 appearances.
For now the Germans will hold in reserve their Euro 96 hero Oliver Bierhoff, who had a dreadful season at Monaco but who can point to a healthy balance of 36 goals in 65 games for Germany.
Klose's record is eight in 12 - but he is the man in form and thus gets the nod as first choice.
Skibbe defends the choice of Jancker alongside him in that "every time they play together they do well."
Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany's former favourite son and 1990 World Cup winner alongside Voller, injected a less than confident note into the proceedings Thursday when he said he believed Germany will not win the competition.
"The German national team is in transition," Klinsmann said.
"There is a huge question mark over Germany. There is absolutely no expectation back home - the way we've been playing recently people will be happy if we reach the quarter-finals," he said.
The Germans did that four years ago with arguably their worst ever team playing almost on auto pilot.
This time the lowered expectations may work to their advantage.

So......All 32 Nations have the SAME Goal.....Only ONE makes it all the way to the END !!!!

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Germany favorite to win Group E, remaining teams to battle

May 30, 2002

By Alfonso Gil.

Yokohama, Japan, May 29 (EFE).- The national soccer teams of Saudi Arabia, Cameroon and Ireland will likely battle to join Germany as the second team in Group E to qualify for the second round of the 2002 World Cup tournament.

The Germans are widely favored to win the group despite key injuries, although the tough competition within the group could paint a different picture.

Germany, with its rich soccer history, will be facing tough opponents in its group, according to Saudi coach Nasser Al Johar, who noted that Ireland defeated a tough Holland squad to qualify for the prestigious tournament and Cameroon has considerable World Cup experience and is the African champion.

Germany, which will open its Group E action on Saturday against Saudi Arabia, may be without top defender Marko Rehmer, who has been suffering from ankle and shoulder problems following an injury in last Sunday's friendly match against a local team.

The injuries affecting Rehmer, who plays for Berlin's Hertha club, make up part of a long list plaguing the German team, coached by Rudi Voller.

Prior to the German-Saudi match Saturday in Sapporo at 8:30 p.m.

(1130 GMT), Ireland will face off with Cameroon at 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT) in Nigata.

Ireland will be without Roy Keane, who was kicked off the team last Thursday after a confrontation with coach **** McCarthy.

Despite efforts to get him to return to the squad, the co-captain said he would not play in the tournament.

Keane said it was in the best interest of the national team for him not to return to the squad.

Meanwhile, Cameroon continues preparing for its opening game against Ireland.

The team will practice on Thursday at Nakatsue's Taio Sport Center, with the first 15 minutes of the practice open to the press.

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Many are not playing .. too bad: Memmet School, Alexander Zickler, Dave Novotsky ... hey where' Effenberg last night?
 
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