Bundestrainer Joachim Lion should not have to renounce any of his stars at the late start of the country game year in September.
“If the national team reunites after nine months, it is an obvious goal for everyone to put the best possible team in place,” said DFB Vice President Rainer Koch the “Sports Picture” and thus met the demands of Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
The head of the Board of Bavarian Munich had recommended that his busy professionals should have at least two weeks of vacation in the summer. But Lion wants his players already on 31st. August meet to join the Nations League on 3rd. Prepare September against Spain and three days thereafter in Switzerland. That would only be eight days after the Champions League Final, which the Bavarians have in mind for their Triple Hunt. I have 11. September is supposed to start the Bundesliga.
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“In view of the few games that Jogi Lion still has until the EM to form the best possible team, this is obvious,” Koch said about the wish of the German coach. In addition, the National League has “a high sporting value for the DFB, alone in view of the World Cup qualification 2022, because playoffs are awarded via the Nations League”.
And “One must not miss in the discussion about the burden, Until now, not a single country game has taken place this year.”
Bavarian coach Hansi Flick, up to the World Championship 2014 lion’s assistant, had recently stimulated a round table of all participants to prevent an escalation of the discussions. Koch appealed to clubs and leagues, “that everyone stay in the same boat. No one can get out just because their destination ports have already started.”