Our football match prediction:
Euro 2016 semi-finalists Germany will host Finland in what will be the chance for Die Mannschaft to consolidate after a disappointing 2-0 loss to France, which crashed Low’s dreams of guiding his team to European glory. The match in Monchengladbach will also be a farewell match for Manchester United outcast and former Gemrany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, who retired from international duty after the European Championship. Joachim Low will also be given a chance to try out three silver medal winners from the Olympics in Rio – Niklas Suele, Julian Brandt and Max Meyer. The match against Finland is predicted to be a good preparation to Germany’s start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Norway. Having missed out on the European Championship finals in France, Finland arrive to Germany as underdogs following their eight-match streak without a single win across all competitions. Finland kick off their World Cup qualifiers less than a week after their trip to Germany, with Mixu Paatelainen’s men welcoming Kosovo at Vderitas Stadium in Turku.
Highlighted Player (Thomas Lam):
Thomas Lam is a footballer who can play as both centre back and defensive midfielder. Lam was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 18 December, 1993, but seeing that his mother is Finnish, he was eligible to play for the Finland national team. After making 11 appearances for the Finland U21 team, he made his debut for the senior team on 9 June, 2015, in a friendly against Estonia. He started the game, but the Finns suffered a 2-0 loss to the Estonians in Turku. Speaking of his club career, Thomas Lam played for AZ Alkmaar between 2011 and 2014 and then he joined fellow Eredivisie side Zwolle. The 188-cm-tall footballer scored four goals in 64 appearances for the club and in July 2016 he signed a contract with Nottingham Forest. Lam won the KVNB Cup with AZ Alkmaar in 2013 and he was named Promising Player of the Year in 2011. His agent is world-famous Mino Raiola and his contract with Forest expires on 30 June, 2018.
Highlighted Team (Germany):
Competing for major honours since 1900, Germany are now one of the leading national teams in the history of football, boasting no fewer than seven titles in their trophy cabinet. Oddly enough, die Mannschaft have won the four World Cups in regular intervals, having finished as champions in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014, while lifting European Championship trophies in 1972, 1980 and 1996. And having also lost seven major finals, it is fair to say that Germany have challenged for the trophy at almost every single major tournament since 1954. There have been too many world-class players to count that have represented Germany so far, but it is Lothar Matthaus who holds the record for most caps, having featured in 150 matches, whereas Miroslav Klose is the top goalscorer with 71 goals in 137 outings. Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller, Rudi Voller, Jurgen Klinsmann and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have all had important roles to play in the past, whereas the new generation has seen Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller strut their stuff on international stage.