World Cup 2010, Spain Vs. Germany: Joachim Loew's Starting Lineup, Notes

The only change for Germany is a mandated one.  Right wing Thomas Müller is suspended, forcing the first change to the Germany team since the second match of the tournament.

While there had been speculation that Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos would assume Müller's place, Piotr Trochowski has gotten the start.  Trochowski has been a frequent substitute throughout the tournament.

Germany's Starting XI
G - Manuel Neuer
LB - Jerome Boaten
LCB - Arne Friedrich
RCB - Per Mertesacker
RB - Philipp Lahm
LDM - Bastian Schweinsteiger
RDM - Sami Khedira
LW - Lukas Pokolski
AMF - Mesut Özil
RW - Piotr Trochowski
F - Mirsolav Klose

Löw's choice reflects a more conservative approach, with Trochkowski being a more traditionally inclined midfielder than an the attacking option Kroos represents.

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