Berlin (dpa) – After the end of the unusual transfer window in Corona times on Monday evening, the national football team comes into the picture. For national coach Joachim Löw and his selection, there are three games this week, two of which are in the Nations League.
In addition, Löw will get some more clarity about the last opponent in the preliminary round at the EM next year. The young German footballers are also challenged and on Sunday the game in the Nations League between world champions France and European champions Portugal is underway.
TRANSFER CLOSURE: A transfer period marked by the corona pandemic, in which many clubs were forced to save, ends Monday. Until the ticket window closes at 6:00 PM in Germany, a few more transfers may take place. Especially record champion Bayern Munich should strengthen their skinny team. One of the talks is striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. He would be a replacement for Torgarant Robert Lewandowski. Young player Joshua Zirkzee has recently taken on this role. That in turn should be granted. There were also rumors about Munich’s interest in Andrej Kramaric, who defeated Hoffenheim by six goals in three games before 1899. Mario Götze’s future is unclear. Bayern and Hertha BSC talked about the World Cup final scorer. He is currently without a club and can still be picked up after the transfer deadline.
LÖW TEAM IN THREE PACKAGES: Three international matches in seven days. That is not in the taste of national coach Joachim Löw, who prefers more training time than competition stress. That is why he brought in a large team and gave eight heavily stressed professionals around captain Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos a break in the test against Turkey on Wednesday. They should be fit for the Nations League games in Ukraine on Saturday and against Switzerland three days later. Because: the first win in the league has to be here for sure. The international playing time makes the corona crisis more complicated. The DFB team moves in the so-called bubble. An officially ordered quarantine after returning from Kiev is not pending.
EM QUALIFICATION: The German national team will get some more information this week about their last opponent in the qualifying round at the European Championship, which has been postponed to 2021. Portugal and France have already been determined, the last opponent for the group stage in Munich will be determined in the qualifying playoffs. There are seven other options for this. The opponent comes from the playoff path A or D, the semi-finals will be contested on Thursday. Romania is the only one of the eight excluded teams. However, there will be no definitive clarity in the upcoming international match window until the play-off finals take place in November.
NATIONAL LEAGUE: On the third day of the Nations League on Sunday in Paris, France and Portugal will meet world and European champions. The new edition of the 2016 European Championship Final is about leading the table in Group 3 of League A: the teams around stars Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo each won their first two matches against Sweden and Croatia. In the top match of Group 2 in League A, England can take revenge against Belgium for their 2-0 defeat in the match for third place at the 2018 World Cup. The Belgians will come to Wembley Stadium on Sunday with a series of twelve victories in a row. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who made a dream start for Everton with six goals in four Premier League games, could make his league debut in England. Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is also in the selection. Also on Sunday, the Poles will welcome Europe’s Footballer of the Year, Robert Lewandowski, Italy to the top match in Group 1 of League A.
U21: For the next generation coach Stefan Kuntz, the upcoming international doubles package is about the last chance on the intended European Championship ticket. Of the two qualifying matches against Moldova on Friday (6.15 p.m.) and four days later in Fürth against Bosnia-Herzegovina (6.15 p.m.), the DFB-Elf needs six points. After two defeats against Belgium, the German squad is only second in their qualifying group for next year’s tournament. The nine group winners and the five best runner-up winners will participate in the finals in Hungary and Slovenia in 2021.