Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Euro 2012 Squads

Most domestic seasons haven’t closed, yet the names of those heading off to the lands of continental glory in the Polkraine are already dropping, along with some of the squads to be whittled down in the coming weeks (the deadline being May 29th). Today Giovanni Trappatoni announced Ireland’s formal 23 and Germany a damn close 27.
Keepers: Shay Given, Keiren Westwood, David Forde
Defenders: Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Sean St.Ledger, Darren O’Dea, Stephen Ward, Stephen Kelly, Kevin Foley,
Midfielders: Glenn Whelan, Darron Gibson, Keith Andrews, Keith Fahey, Damien Duff, Aiden McGeady, Stephen Hunt, James McClean,
Forwards: Robbie Keane, Kevin Doyle, Simon Cox, Shane Long, Jonathan Walters.
Standby list: Darren Randolph, Paul McShane, Paul Green, Seamus Coleman, Andy Keogh
Goalkeeper: Manuel Neuer, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Tim Wiese, Ron-Robert Zieler
Defense: Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Per Mertesacker, Marcel Schmelzer
Midfield: Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Julian Draxler, Mario Götze, Ilkay Gündogan, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski, Marco Reus, Andre Schürrle, Bastian Schweinsteiger
Striker: Cacau, Mario Gomez, Miroslav Klose

Holland boss Bert van Marwijk has named his first shortlist for Euro 2012, the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) has announced.
The 36-strong preliminary squad for Euro 2012 will convene at the Hoenderloo training camp in the country’s wooded east next Monday.
Apart from the usual suspects, the group includes some surprises. Jasper Cillessen, for instance, is the second-pick goalkeeper at Ajax, after Kenneth Vermeer, who hasn’t been called up. Twente winger Ola John has been struggling with his form in recent matches. PSV left back Erik Pieters, who initially featured on the first shortlist, called off later on Monday after medical tests confirmed that his foot injury won't heal before the tournament kicks off. This prompted Van Marwijk to include Vitesse defender Alexander Büttner (23) in the list.
Young Feyenoord players Erwin Mulder (23, goalkeeper) and Stefan de Vrij (20, central defence) may have been rewarded for the great strides they made this season. The same goes for the even younger Nick Viergever (22, AZ defender), Adam Maher (19, AZ midfielder) and left back Jetro Willems (18, PSV).
Van Marwijk will narrow down the shortlist to around 27 players before flying to Lausanne, Switzerland, for final preparations for no fewer than four friendly matches. The first of those encounters, away against Bayern Münich, is slated for 22 May. It’s followed by home friendlies against Bulgaria, Slovakia and Northern Island.
The Holland manager will name the final 23-man party to travel to Poland and Ukraine before UEFA’s 29 May deadline.
Holland are grouped with Denmark, Germany and Portugal in a “group of death” at Euro 2012, which runs from 8 June to 1 July.
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Tim Krul (Newcastle United/ENG), Erwin Mulder (Feyenoord), Maarten Stekelenburg (Roma/ITA), Michel Vorm (Swansea City/WAL)
Defenders: Vurnon Anita (Ajax), Khalid Boulahrouz (Stuttgart/GER), Wilfred Bouma (PSV Eindhoven), Alexander Buttner (Vitesse Arnhem), John Heitinga (Everton/ENG), Hedwiges Maduro (Valencia/ESP), Joris Mathijsen (Malaga/ESP), Nick Viergever (AZ Alkmaar), Ron Vlaar, Stefan de Vrij (both Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Ajax), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)
Midfielders: Ibrahim Afellay (Barcelona/ESP), Mark van Bommel, Urby Emanuelson (both AC Milan/ITA), Nigel de Jong (Manchester City/ENG), Siem de Jong (Ajax), Adam Maher (AZ Alkmaar), Stijn Schaars (Sporting Lisbon/POR), Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan/ITA), Kevin Strootman (PSV Eindhoven), Rafael van der Vaart (Tottenham Hotspur/ENG)
Forwards: Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke/GER), Ola John, Luuk de Jong (both FC Twente), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool/ENG), Jeremain Lens (PSV Eindhoven), Luciano Narsingh (Heerenveen), Robin van Persie (Arsenal/ENG), Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich/GER)

Eight Premier League stars named in Blanc’s squad.
Hatem Ben Arfa was named by France coach Laurent Blanc on Wednesday in his preliminary European Championship squad of players based abroad.
Blanc, who has until May 29 to unveil his final 23-man squad, will name his preliminary squad of Ligue 1 based players next Tuesday.
Preliminary squad of players based abroad:
Defenders: Gael Clichy (Manchester City), Patrice Evra (Manchester United), Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Philippe Mexes (AC Milan), Adil Rami (Valencia)
Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United), Florent Malouda (Chelsea), Samir Nasri (Manchester City)
Forwards: Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich)
Laurent Blanc will name a preliminary squad of Ligue 1 based players next Tuesday.
In-form Newcastle United pair Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa will hope to find their way into the final Euro 2012 squad after both having stand out campaigns. Of the other Premier League inclusions Laurent Koscielny has perhaps been the most impressive, with the Arsenal man proving a vastly improved defensive force this term.

Greece coach Fernando Santos announced his provisional roster for Euro 2012 as he prepares to lead the surprise Euro 2004 champions into Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Giorgos Karagounis, capped 115 times, is the most experience player named, and Kostas Fortounis and Stelios Malezas, who have one cap apiece, were the two most inexperienced players selected.
Greece will face co-host Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia in Group A of the tournament.
Following is the complete provisional roster for Greece:
Goalkeepers: Michalis Sifakis (Aris), Kostas Chalkias (PAOK), Alexandros Tzorvas (Palermo).
Defenders: Vassilis Torossidis (Olympiacos), Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Schalke), Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Werder Bremen), Avraam Papadopoulos (Olympiacos), Jose Holebas (Olympiacos), Giorgos Tzavellas (Monaco), Stelios Malezas (PAOK).
Midfielders: Kostas Katsouranis (Panathinaikos), Giorgos Karagounis (Panathinaikos), Giannis Maniatis (Olympiacos), Giorgos Fotakis (PAOK), Grigoris Makos (AEK Athens), Giannis Fetfatzidis (Olympiacos), Sotiris Ninis (Panathinaikos), Alexandros Tziolis (Monaco), Kostas Fortounis (Kaiserslautern), Panagiotis Kone (Bologna).
Forwards: Dimitris Salpingidis (PAOK), Giorgos Samaras (Celtic), Fanis Gekas (Samsunspor), Nikos Liberopoulos (AEK Athens), Kostas Mitroglou (Atromitos).

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