Our prediction for this match:
Olympiastadion in Berlin will be packed when Germany and Turkey square off against each other in a friendly on Saturday evening. The Germans showed signs of improvement in October friendlies, with the team beating USA 3-1, while playing out a 2-2 draw with Mexico and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play. Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich and Werder Bremen attacker Marvin Ducksch have received their first call-ups, while the likes of Felix Nmecha, Serge Gnabry, and Benjamin Henrichs return to the squad.
Bayern Munich ace Jamal Musiala has been ruled out with injury. The Turks, on the other hand, are brimming with confidence after securing their spot at the Euro 2024 finals and seeing that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Saturday’s friendly, we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun misses the match with injury.
Highlighted Player (Hakan Calhanoglu):
Hakan Calhanoglu is another one in the long line of Turkish footballers who were born in Germany, so it is hardly surprising he came to prominence thanks to his performances in Bundesliga. The attacking midfielder with great vision and very good goalscoring record started his professional career at Karlsruher, scoring impressive 17 goals in 50 league outings to earn a move to Bundesliga side Hamburg.
The spell at Imtech Arena was merely a stepping stone for bigger things as 11 goals in his debut top flight campaign persuaded Bayer Leverkusen to splash nearly €15 million on his services. That proved a very good investment as Calhanoglu continued the rich vein of form, and it is now a matter of time before he joins one of European powerhouses.
The midfield maestro had a bright start to his career in the Turkey national team, scoring 5 goals in first 16 caps, and chances are he will become a leader for Milli Takim in the foreseeable future.
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.