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Important 2012 Euro Qualifying games coming up – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 7th, 2010 by Ian

Important 2012 Euro Qualifying games coming up
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There are several important and interesting Euro 2012 qualifying matchups taking place over the next week as teams try to strengthen their group positions.

Holland will be taking a weakened squad to Moldova on Oct. 8 as forwards Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben are injured and defender Nigel de Jong has been dropped after breaking an opponent’s leg last weekend in an English Premier League game. Rafael van der Vaart could replace him in central midfield. Holland and Sweden are on top of Group E and will face each other on Oct. 12.

Also on Oct. 8, Germany is at home to Turkey, Italy visits Northern Ireland, Portugal is at home to Denmark, and France hosts Romania on Oct. 9. Current European champions Spain takes on Lithuania on Oct. 8.

Group A leaders Germany be without midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger against Turkey due to a foot injury. Other than that, they’re pretty healthy. There’s a large Turkish community in Berlin and the Turkish team features German-based players such as Hamit, and Halil Altintop, and Nuri Sahin. In addition, Germany midfield star Mesut Oezil has a Turkish heritage. In fact, Oezil said he’s a little worried about the fans’ reaction if Germany wins or he scores as he’s been called a traitor by many Turkish supporters. Both teams won their first two qualifiers and have six points each.

Italy finally broke out of their slum last month and hammered the Faeroe Islands 5-0, but Northern Ireland should be tougher as they beat Slovenia in their first qualifier. They’ve also beaten Spain and England at home in recent years. The squad is confident, but definitely won’t be taking Italy lightly despite their recent struggles.

Portugal has a new manager in Paulo Bento and it’ll be interesting to see how the fourth place team in Group H reacts when facing second-place Denmark. Portugal sacked former manager Carlos Queiroz after getting off to a brutal start by drawing and losing in their first two games. Denmark will be without striker Nicklas Bendtner with a groin injury and other injured players include Thomas Kahlenberg, Daniel Agger, and Morten Skoubo. However, goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is back for the game after missing Denmark’s 1-0 win against Iceland in their first qualifier.

France was beaten at home 1-0 by Belarus in their opener and then beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0, but still sit behind both Belarus and Albania in Group D.

Group F co-leaders Israel and Croatia play each other on Oct. 9 while Montenegro takes on Switzerland in a huge Group G match. Co-leaders England will then take on Montenegro at home on Oct. 12 in another very important game. England will be without striker Jermain Defoe, but hopes to have Wayne Rooney back in the lineup.

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