The national team of Germany has set themselves a goal to win the Euro 2012 championship, the German midfielder Mesut Özil said, the UEFA official website reports.

"We knew before the tournament that we have a strong team," said the 23-year-old midfielder. "We believe in ourselves and the goal is to return to Germany with the title. That's why we are here and I'm convinced we can do it."

However, Özil admitted that now the Germans are concerned about a more immediate task: a semifinal against Italy on Thursday.

"We are concentrating on the here and now. We are looking forward to the semi, which will be very difficult. But we are confident we can beat anybody. Italy is surprisingly strong. You could also see that in the very good match they had against world champions Spain. I think they deserve to be in the semi-finals. They are compact, very strong, but in general we look only at ourselves. If we play as we can, I am convinced we will beat Italy," he summed up.

On June 28, the national team of German will play against the national team of Italy in Warsaw to go to the Euro 2012 final.

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