Berlin (dpa) – The Bundesliga is on hiatus, but the next international triple pack represents Joachim Löw’s DFB squad.
More concerns than the unfavorable conditions caused by the corona pandemic could ensure that the national team manager can cope with the failures. In addition, it will be determined who will be the third opponent in the preliminary round at the EM next year.
But there are not only international competitions this week.
NATIONAL TEAM: In Leipzig national coach Joachim Löw gathered his national team for the last time in the difficult Corona year. On Monday, seven players are still missing around captain Manuel Neuer and Toni Kroos, who only plans Löw for the Nations League games against Ukraine on Saturday and three days later in Spain. In the international match against the Czech Republic on Wednesday, newcomers Felix Uduokhai and Philipp Max could celebrate their DFB debut. Low uses the game again to test a B-elf and save some regular staff. In the Nations League it is then about the group victory. After the three-pack, the national team has a four-month winter break until March, when World Cup qualification begins.
EM OPPONENTS: On Thursday, national coach Joachim Löw will also look to Budapest. In the Puskas Arena, Hungary and Iceland determine the third German opponents in the play-offs. The winner of the competition will be represented next summer in Group F with the DFB team, world champions France and European champions Portugal. The duel with Germany will take place on June 23 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. Hungary could secure two home matches of the European Championship in Budapest against Portugal and France with one victory. Iceland caused a sensation at the EM 2016 with the quarter finals. The duels between Northern Ireland and Slovakia, Serbia and Scotland and Georgia and North Macedonia are about three more EM tickets.
U21: Five days before their last qualifying match against Wales (17 November), in which they want to take the final step to the European Championship 2021, the team of coach Stefan Kuntz will play a friendly match against Slovenia on Thursday (6.15 pm). In total, there are 26 players in the German squad for the two games in Braunschweig, including newcomers Lennart Czyborra (CFC Genoa) and Jean-Manuel Mbom (Werder Bremen). Ragnar Ache (Eintracht Frankfurt) and Dennis Geiger (TSG Hoffenheim) are not there due to injury.
SECOND LEAGUE TOP GAME: Leader Hamburger SV has to go to the uncomfortable northern rival Holstein Kiel next Monday (8.30 p.m. / Sky). Hamburg has never won against Schleswig-Holstein in four second-class matches. This season HSV (5 wins, 1 draw) is still unbeaten. Coach Daniel Thioune’s team has to make up for a lot against Kiel. “I don’t care if they are better or worse than last year”, says Holstein trainer Ole Werner about HSV.
FRAUEN-GIPFEL: The first match of the women’s Bundesliga matches could already result in a preliminary decision in the championship. FC Bayern Munich welcomes defending champion VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday (2 p.m.). Where the Lower Saxony have already lost two points by a draw against SC Freiburg, the women from Munich shine after eight games with a pure white vest: 24 points, 26-0 goals. A Bayern victory over a Wolves team that was badly injured and the lead increased to five points. Last season, both meetings ended in a draw: 0-0 in Munich, 1-1 in Wolfsburg.
BRISANTE ADVICE: Bundesliga bosses want to use the following international triple pack to advise on Corona’s four topics, Christian Seifert’s successor, the DFB management crisis and TV money in Frankfurt. According to information from dpa, there are 15 German professional clubs, 14 Bundesliga clubs (excluding Mainz, Augsburg, Stuttgart and Bielefeld) and Hamburger SV. The composition for the meeting scheduled for Wednesday should not represent a fixed group, individual changes or other club representatives could certainly join after the first summit with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, among others.
WORLD CUP QUALIFICATION: At least in South America, qualification for the World Cup Final will continue in Qatar from Thursday in two years. Argentina expects neighboring Paraguay, Brazil will receive Venezuela. The two former world champions each won their first two games. In South America, the ten teams compete against all other opponents in home and away games.