Frankfurt/Main (dpa) – The countdown has begun. With 10 days to go before the World Cup opener against Japan, national coach Hansi Flick is gathering his players in Frankfurt today for the final in Qatar.
After the last matches of the Bundesliga, the national football players visit the team hotel, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the airport, during the day. However, some players will be waiting until late evening. Flick has called on 26 specialists around captain Manuel Neuer, World Cup veteran Thomas Muller and Mario Gotze, who is running again after a five-year absence, for Thursday’s final in Qatar.
Sunday is the arrival of all the players. Frankfurt’s Gotze and Kevin Trapp still play for Mainz 05 in the afternoon (15.30 / DAZN). Freiburg duo Matthias Guenther and Christian Guenther are set to play in Union Berlin’s final Bundesliga game of the year two hours from now. Germany’s remaining 22 World Cup players were due to play their final club game by Saturday at the latest.
According to the current scheduling status, there will be no practice on Monday either. Last sponsorship appointments must be completed at the hotel. Then it’s off to Oman on a special plane for the final World Cup Test against the hosts on Wednesday (6:00 CET / RTL).
Vibration. Assume temperature and time of day
“The alternative would be to stay in Germany. But we know the weather doesn’t always play along. That’s why it’s good to be there in advance and accept the temperature, the time of day, which was important for us, and it’s good that we can play the game against Oman there,” said Flick, looking back on the first days of the World Cup mission. .
The national coach has already announced that he intends to play against Oman players who have recently lost their game rhythm due to injuries, in order to bring them to the level required for the World Cup. The candidates will be Müller of “Bayern” Munich or the head of the defense Antonio Rüdiger, who recently had to take a break at “Real” due to problems with his hip.
On Thursday, the World Cup quarter will be occupied by Zulal Health Resort, located an hour north of Doha. Germany will face Japan (November 23), Spain (November 27) and Costa Rica (December 1) in Group E. “We’ve got a lot of guys who are in really good spirits. And we want to take it all in seamlessly and create this special atmosphere to go very far,” Ilkay Gundogan of English champions Manchester City told BR24 on Saturday.