On May 7, Löw will announce the extended Euro squad of 27 to 28 players who will go to the training camp in Sardinia. Barring any serious injury during the training camp or the upcoming finals, he will have to axe a few of those before he announces his final squad of 23 to UEFA on May 29. http://www.kicker.de/news/fussball/...0/artikel_loew_kaderbekanntgabe-am-7-mai.html I picked up a copy of the DFB Stars Euro 2012 sticker album issued by Ferrero last week in order to coerce my wife into buying more chocolate over the next little bit, while the kids and I have some fun putting in the stickers. The album is presented by Kicker and they did something interesting this time: They included 28 players and gave the more certain ones two stickers, a portrait and an action sticker, while giving the more shaky candidates only a portrait sticker. http://www.team-sticker-2012.de/Pages/Shop.aspx# I think the assessment on which their selection was based makes a good start for a discussion. Here are their players: Neuer, Wiese, Zieler (Wiese and Zieler only one sticker) Boateng, Mertesacker, Badstuber, Lahm, Aogo, Höwedes, Hummels, Schmelzer, Träsch (Schmelzer and Träsch only one sticker); Schweinsteiger, Khedira, Müller, Özil, Podolski, Bender, Bender, Götze, Holtby, Kroos, Rolfes, Reus, Schürrle (Bender, Bender and Holtby only one sticker); Gomez, Klose, Cacau. So is this what we can expect and are the one-sticker-guys the one's most likely to lose out? Personally, I believe Schmelzer has a better chance right now than Aogo, although as a HSV supporter I hope Aogo gets to go (not sure if they have one extra spot in defense anyway because Mertesacker is not ready). Then I believe the Benders should be preferred over Rolfes and we could probably do without Cacau (I think he'll get to go even just to include a Stuttgart player). In terms of surprises I could imagine Schürrle staying and Grosskreutz coming for him. Grosskreutz has been doing great while Schürrle has stagnated. What do you think? Are Schmelzer, Träsch, the Benders and Holtby really the five to be cut? Could there even be a surprise with the goalies?