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Schweinsteiger wants Germany to show 'fighting' spirit at Euro 2012
Posted Thursday, June 07, 2012 by Goal.com

Schweinsteiger wants Germany to show 'fighting' spirit at Euro 2012

Bastian Schweinsteiger has called upon his Germany team-mates to show some fight during the course of their European Championship campaign.

Under Joachim Low's tutelage, die Mannschaft have received universal acclaim for their free-flowing, attractive football, but the Bayern Munich midfielder claims they should also incorporate an aggressive edge to their game.

"We need a certain amount of aggressiveness," he told DFB.de. "You can win games not only by playing attractively. Therefore it's important that we show the 'German' virtues, as well as attractive play."

The Euro 2008 finalists begin their bid for continental glory with a tricky fixture against Portugal on Saturday, a match the 27-year-old feels his side must win in order to set a positive tone for the rest of the tournament.

"The first game is important. This can give us a boost," he noted.

Finally, Schweinsteiger allayed any fears that he would not be sufficiently fit for the Portugal game, having sat out his nation's friendly with Israel because of a calf injury.

He added: "I'm fine - I have no problems. And it's just fun to play with such a team."

Germany will also have to deal with Netherlands and Denmark if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia