German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew speaks during a press conference in Warsaw, Poland, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)
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Nearly three months after lifting the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Loew brings a very different squad to Poland from the one which triumphed in Brazil.Injury and retirements mean only 15 of Germany's 23-man World Cup squad are currently available and the absence of Arsenal's attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil has thrown Loew's plans for the match at Warsaw's National Stadium "into disarray". Loew is set to blood some youngsters, namely Dortmund left-back Erik Durm, Hoffenheim right-back Sebastian Rudy, Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Karim Bellarabi and Borussia Moenchegladbach striker Max Kruse.Warsaw's National Stadium stirs memories of Germany's 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Euro 2012 semifinal when the Azzurri comfortably beat Loew's side, who had no answer to Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli.
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