Posted May 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
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One of the defining moments in the Germany career of Mario Gomez was a spectacular miss at the 2008 European Championship - hardly a recommendation for a striker. Gomez, incredibly, managed to miss an empty net from one meter (yard), shooting high over the crossbar in a match against co-host Austria that Germany needed to win to advance. It did, thanks to a free kick goal from captain Michael Ballack. The team reached the final, and lost to Spain 1-0. In the four years since then, Ballack has been forced off the team and Gomez has matured into the Bundesliga's top domestic striker and now may be his time to finally come through for Germany. Gomez chased away some demons from the past by returning to Vienna and scoring twice in Germany's 2-1 win over Austria in qualifying for this year's tournament. At club level, Gomez has always had more success than in the national team, where for long he has played second fiddle to Miroslav Klose, preferred by Germany coach Joachim Loew. Go...
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