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Germany v Italy Line-ups

Official squad list

Germany

 Germany logo

Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Manuel Neuer 30 Bayern Munich
12 Bernd Leno 24 Leverkusen
22 Ter Stegen 24 Barcelona

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Skodran Mustafi 24 Valencia
3 Jonas Hector 26 1. FC Koln
4 Benedikt Howedes 28 Schalke 04
5 Mats Hummels 27 Dortmund
16 Antonio Rudiger 23 AS Roma
17 Jerome Boateng 27 Bayern Munich
21 Joshua Kimmich 21 Bayern Munich

Midfielders

# NAME AGE CLUB
6 Sami Khedira 29 Juventus
7 Schweinsteiger 31 Manchester Un
8 Mesut Ozil 27 Arsenal
9 Andre Schurrle 25 Wolfsburg
11 Julian Draxler 22 Wolfsburg
14 Emre Can 22 Liverpool
15 Julian Weigl 20 Dortmund
18 Toni Kroos 26 Real Madrid
19 Mario Gotze 24 Bayern Munich
20 Leroy Sane 20 Schalke 04

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
10 Lukas Podolski 31 Galatasaray
13 Thomas Muller 26 Bayern Munich
23 Mario Gomez 30 Besiktas
 

Italy

Italy

Goalkeepers

# NAME AGE CLUB
1 Gianluigi Buffon 38 Juventus
12 Salvatore Sirigu 29 Paris
13 Federico Marchetti 33 Lazio

Defenders

# NAME AGE CLUB
2 Mattia De Sciglio 23 Milan
3 Giorgio Chiellini 31 Juventus
4 Matteo Darmian 26 Man. United
5 Angelo Ogbonna 28 West Ham
15 Andrea Barzagli 35 Juventus
19 Leonardo Bonucci 29 Juventus

Midfielders

6 Antonio Candreva 29 Lazio
8 Alessandro Florenzi 25 Roma
10 Thiago Motta 33 Paris
14 Stefano Sturaro 23 Juventus
16 Daniele De Rossi 32 Roma
18 Marco Parolo 31 Lazio
21 Federico Bernardeschi 22 Fiorentina
23 Emanuele Giaccherini 31 Bologna

Forwards

# NAME AGE CLUB
7 Simone Zaza 24 Juventus
9 Graziano Pellè 30 Southampton
11 Ciro Immobile 26 Torino
17 Éder 29 Internazionale
20 Lorenzo Insigne 25 Napoli
22 Stephan El Shaarawy 23 Roma

 

Italy have booked a mouth-watering quarter-final date with Germany – a fixture whose mere mention is enough to bring the Mannschaft out in a cold sweat.

Gianni RIvera (Italy)

Italy supporters are spoiled for choice when it comes to favourite past matches against Germany. The sides have met in eight competitive games and the Mannschaft are yet to win – causing the Azzurri to be rightly regarded as their bogey team.

EURO2016.com’s Italian reporters needed no invitation to reflect on four memorable victories but, Germany fans, all is not lost: there’s a happy ending, we promise. Well, kind of.

Italy 4-3 West Germany (aet)
17 June 1970, World Cup semi-final

This encounter at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium famously featured five goals in a sensational 30 minutes of extra time, prompting fans (in Italy at least) to dub it the ‘Match of the Century’. The Azzurri took an early lead through Roberto Boninsegna, but Karl-Heinz Schnellinger levelled for West Germany at the death despite Franz Beckenbauer playing with an injured arm in a sling.

Extra time was a frenzy: Gerd Müller scored, Tarcisio Burgnich replied, Luigi Riva put Italy back in front and Müller responded. Then up popped Gianni Rivera to notch the winner with nine minutes left. “No one has forgotten that match,” Müller reflected. “It still drives me crazy thinking about it; I haven’t recovered from it to this day.” Scant consolation for Germany, but a few days later an exhausted Italy lost the final 4-1 to Brazil.

Italy 3-1 West Germany
11 July 1982, World Cup final

Marco Tardelli (Italy) Marco Tardelli’s famous 1982 celebration©Getty ImagesTiredness was also a factor in the 1982 showpiece, with West Germany’s semi-final against France having gone to penalties, leaving them ill-prepared for the Santiago Bernabéu decider. “Our semi-final was a real ordeal,” recalled goalkeeper Toni Schumacher. “When we met Italy three days later, we were still exhausted. They had a superb team and we had nothing to throw at them.”

Although Antonio Cabrini missed a first-half penalty, Paolo Rossi plundered his sixth goal of the tournament – all in the last three games – and Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli added two more for Enzo Bearzot’s side before Paul Breitner’s sole riposte for Germany. Italy’s 40-year-old captain Dino Zoff duly lifted the trophy, but left the partying to his younger team-mates. “I stayed in my hotel room,” the keeper said. “Everybody was asking me to go out and dance and celebrate. Do you really think I could go out and dance at 40?”

Italy 2-0 Germany (aet)
4 July 2006, World Cup semi-final

Gianluigi Buffon & Fabio Grosso (Italy) Gianluigi Buffon hugs goalscorer Fabio Grosso©AFPIf the 1970 and 1982 defeats were painful enough, at least they happened a good way from home. There was no such comfort in 2006. After a goalless 90 minutes in Dortmund, extra time was agonising: Gianluigi Buffon made great saves to repel  Bernd Schneider and Lukas Podolski, while Italy hit the woodwork twice through Alberto Gilardino and Gianluca Zambrotta.

With penalties looming, Fabio Grosso curled home the opener, heralding an explosive celebration reminiscent of Tardelli’s famous scream after his 1982 final strike. Alessandro Del Piero added another soon afterwards, and Italy went on to fell France on penalties in the final. “What a bitter pill to swallow,” shattered Germany coach Jürgen Klinsmann said. “I still feel a shiver running down my spine when I think about that game,” Grosso conceded years later.

Italy 2-1 Germany
28 June 2012, UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final

Mario Balotelli (Italy) Mario Balotelli celebrates his first goal©AFP/Getty ImagesFour years ago today, Italy and Germany faced each other again in another semi-final – no prizes for guessing what happened next. Mario Balotelli was the Azzurri hero with two first-half strikes: a header from Antonio Cassano’s cross and a powerful shot from the edge of the box. His bare-chested joy after the first goal rivalled Tardelli’s and Grosso’s, with Mesut Özil’s late penalty no real benefit to Joachim Löw’s men, who had been clear favourites going into the game.

“There are no unbeatable teams,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli had warned on the eve of the match, a motto Germany will have to remember next time they play the Azzurri in a competitive fixture.

Okay, it was only a friendly but in the sides’ last duel in March …

Jonas Hector (Germany) Germany after Jonas Hector’s goal©Getty ImagesGermany 4-1 Italy
29 March 2016, friendly

Germany ended a 21-year, seven-game wait for a victory over Italy in a resounding triumph in Munich. Having thrown away a two-goal cushion to crash 3-2 to England a few days earlier, Löw’s charges were 2-0 up at the interval through Toni Kroos and Mario Götze, and doubled their advantage thanks to Jonas Hector and Özil from the spot.

“I said we needed these big tests to evaluate things and test ourselves,” said Antonio Conte, whose team got a consolation from Stephan El Shaarawy. “We knew there was a gap to certain sides that we have to bridge. Now let’s see.” Ominously for Germany, they are not doing badly on that front.

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