Yeah the groups are done in around a month, that's when you know it's getting really close! As for Germany, they always manage to do well whatever squad they have. Ballack, as good as he is for Chelsea, becomes unstoppable when he plays a big tournament for Germany.. he did it in 2002, 2006 and then again in Euro 2008.
There's just something about the German's where you can't write them off, they weren't a great team in 2008 yet they still made it to the final and lost a close game. The climate should suit them aswell and if all else fails, they can always grind it out to a shoot-out and they're golden