Leipzig (AP) – The German national team will play their 967th international match against the Czech Republic on Wednesday (8.45 p.m. / RTL) in Leipzig.
STATISTICS: The overall balance is clearly positive with 560 wins and 207 defeats. There are also 199 draws. The goal difference is 2171: 1136.
FEDERAL TRAINER: For Joachim Löw it is the 187th international match in his 14-year tenure as national coach. The 60-year-old has 118 wins, 38 draws and 30 defeats with the DFB team.
CZECH REPUBLIC: The test match in the Red Bull Arena is the ninth meeting of the DFB team with the Czech selection. 6: 2 after wins for Germany. The most important was achieved in the European Championship final in London in 1996 with Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal to make it 2-1 in extra time. The 1: 2 in June 2004 in Lisbon meant the knockout of the preliminary round. of the German team at the European Championship in Portugal. The then team boss Rudi Völler resigned after the game. Jürgen Klinsmann took over as national coach in charge of the DFB selection and Joachim Löw as assistant coach.
LEIPZIG: Since reunification, the national team has played six caps in Leipzig. They were all won, the first in November 2004 3-0 against Cameroon. The last performance in the Red Bull Arena was two years ago. Leroy Sané scored twice in the 3-0 win against Russia and Niklas Süle was also successful.
FRAMEWORK: 20 players are in the selection for the test match, as the national coach has only seven players around captain Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos in the subsequent Nations League games against Ukraine and Spain. The most experienced player against the Czechs is Ilkay Gundogan from Manchester City with 39 internationals. Three newcomers are hoping for their debut, Felix Uduokhai from FC Augsburg and wing defenders Philipp Max (PSV Eindhoven) and Ridle Baku from Wolfsburg.
SCORERS: No player in the inexperienced line-up for the first of the three international matches at the end of the year can show a double digit number of hits. The most successful shooter is Ilkay Gündogan with eight goals. They are followed by Julian Brandt (3 goals) and Nico Schulz (2) from Dortmund.