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(E) Germany to face Croatia - Feb 18, 04 in Soccer
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  12/7/2003 | Sports | Unrated
(E) Germany to face Croatia - Feb 18, 04 in Soccer


Germany to face Croatia

Germany will travel to Zagreb for a friendly match with Croatia on February 18 after cancelling their match with Holland in Rotterdam after the two teams were paired together in the 2004 European championships in Portugal.

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Germany's encounter with Croatia should have some spice with Berti Vogts' team defeating the Croats in Euro 96 on their way to winning the competition.

However, Croatia enacted revenge by eliminating Germany from the 1998 World Cup in France at the quarter-final stage.

"This will be a difficult test," German coach Rudi Voller explained in Kicker magazine. "Croatia are also in the European championships and the fact that they have some players in the Bundesliga should make for an interesting duel."

Holland and Germany, who will face each other in Porto on June 15, are set to reschedule the friendly for 2005 ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Germany's other group opponents in Portugal will be the Czech Republic and Latvia.

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