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May 10 (Bloomberg) -- German national soccer team coach Joachim Loew named six strikers to the preliminary 27-man squad for next month’s World Cup.

Miroslav Klose, Stefan Kiessling, Lukas Podolski, Mario Gomez, Cacau and Thomas Mueller are in the group of players preparing for the tournament, according to a statement on the German soccer federation website. Germany faces Malta in a warm-up match later this week.

The team has three games before heading to South Africa for the tournament, which starts June 11. Loew will trim the squad by four players by June 1. Chelsea’s Michael Ballack, who’s played 98 times for the national team, is the only member not playing in the Bundesliga.

German team
Hans-Jorg Butt        Bayern Munich                     
Manuel Neuer          Schalke 04                    
Tim Wiese             Werder Bremen                    
Dennis Aogo           Hamburger SV                    
Holger Badstuber      Bayern Munich                     
Andreas Beck          Hoffenheim                    
Jerome Boateng        Hamburger SV                    
Arne Friedrich        Hertha Berlin                    
Marcell Jansen        Hamburger SV                    
Philipp Lahm          Bayern Munich                     
Per Mertesacker       Werder Bremen                    
Serdar Tasci          Stuttgart                    
Heiko Westermann      Schalke 04                    
Michael Ballack         Chelsea                     
Sami Khedira            Stuttgart                    
Toni Kroos              Bayer Leverkusen                    
Marko Marin             Werder Bremen                    
Mesut Ozil              Werder Bremen                    
Bastian Schweinsteiger  Bayern Munich                    
Christian Traesch       Stuttgart                    
Piotr Trochowski        Hamburger SV                    

Cacau                   Stuttgart                    
Mario Gomez             Bayern Munich                     
Stefan Kiessling        Bayer Leverkusen                    
Miroslav Klose          Bayern Munich                     
Thomas Mueller          Bayern Munich                     
Lukas Podolski          Koln                    

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