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Team preview: Germany

Originally Published: June 2, 2010
By Gus Martins | Special to ESPN.com

Semifinalists as World Cup hosts four years ago, Germany finds itself in a bit of a transitional phase, welcoming young players and heading to South Africa without its veteran team leader, Michael Ballack, who injured ankle ligaments in last month's FA Cup final with Chelsea.

One of the world's most prolific teams, Germany is facing some difficulties in attack as the darling forwards of 2006 are not in great form. Miroslav Klose (Bayern Munich) has been on the bench for the Bundesliga ...

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