Opinion: Germany not ready to win Euro Cup 2020, and that’s fine

Germany will not be challenging to lift the European Championship trophy in 2020, and that’s fine given the team’s new development cycle. The current squad lacks in two key areas, writes DW’s, Jonathan Harding. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

Germany might have finished top of their qualifying group and lost only once in 2019, but they are not going to challenge for the European championships next summer. Given that the team is in the first stages of a new cycle of development, this is exactly where Germany should be.

Both Joachim Low and Germany have recovered somewhat from the debacle in Russia last year. Low made changes to the faces in the squad and the style of play, and as the European Championship looms, it is clear this new Germany has taken that first step in their rebuild.

In Serge Gnabry, Germany (and Low) finally have the explosive striker they have been looking for since Timo Werner failed to fill the role. The midfield quartet of Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan, and Leon Goretzka is beginning to gel, transitioning into different roles and taking up different positions throughout games.

The decision to move Kimmich out of the right-back spot was bold given his excellence in the position, but, with every passing game, he is looking more accomplished as both a playmaker and a holding midfielder.

While Kroos and Gundogan aren’t going to be leading like Bastian Schweinsteiger, Goretzka’s ability to score gives Germany a free-scoring midfielder for the first time since Michael Ballack.

Low’s attempt to get Germany playing more transitional football rather than the heavy, possession-based approach that cost them so dearly in Russia is gradually paying off.

The recent swatting away of weaker opposition is important for team unity and pushes the wobbles from early in the year further from memory.

Nevertheless, the team’s evolution remains in its early stages. Injuries have hampered Low’s ability to develop more than a core, and it takes time to get a new group playing a new style of football — especially after such a tumultuous 18 months. Add to that, Germany is short of any elite players in defense.

With Germany’s best defender (Niklas Sule) likely out of the tournament due to injury and Low refusing to acknowledge Mats Hummels’ club form, there is little stability or standout quality in the heart of the defense.

Matthias Ginter has stepped up, but there are too many question marks about all the other options. Defensively, the major consolation is that Manuel Neuer has returned to form — well, returned for everyone but Marc-Andre ter Stegen that is.

The Euros will serve as a key building block towards Germany’s chances of challenging for the 2022 World Cup when Low — or whoever heads the national team then — will look to have a group of players at their peak.

Until then, Germany is short of quality in defense and still developing their ability to play a new style of football. Individual talent could lead them to a surprise spot in the final, but a quarter or semifinal finish is more likely.

And, in truth, that’s fine. This is not a golden age of German football, nor is it the disappointment of last year. The foundation for this new team has been set. Now it’s time to build.

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Euro 2020 – Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels

There are renewed calls in Germany for Joachim Low to recall Mats Hummels just months after telling the Borussia Dortmund defender that his time in the national team was over. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

The calls for his return focus principally on the serious knee injury suffered by first-choice center-back Niklas Suele playing for Bayern Munich at the weekend but they also come on the back of some impressive performances by Hummels in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League.

Euro 2020 qualifiers- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels
Euro 2020 qualifiers- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels

Hummels has rebooted his career since leaving Bayern in the summer to return to Dortmund. He represented 225 times between 2009 and 2016 when he left for Munich.

Another eye-catching performance marshaling the back four at Inter Milan in Wednesday’s Champions League match could prompt a rethink by Low.

“If ‘Jogi’ Low doesn’t do it now and reinstate Hummels, I will be enormously disappointed,” former Germany midfielder Steffen Freund told broadcaster Nitro.

Germany fans appear to agree. A survey published on Monday by Kicker magazine showed 77% of 96k people who responded want Hummels back in Germany’s famous white shirt.

“Low has so far ruled out a return of Hummels, arguing that it was necessary to leave room for Suele, but an injury to this promising player will force him to review his strategy,” said Kicker in an editorial.

Euro Cup 2020 - Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels
Euro Cup 2020 – Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels

Low’s decision in March to send Hummels and his Bayern teammates Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng into international retirement sent shockwaves through German football.

Hummels, who made 70 appearances for Germany, said at the time that he did not bear a grudge against Low but admitted that he had been stunned.

“I took a blow to the head and didn’t really know what was going on,” he said.

Hummels has since rediscovered his best form back with Dortmund and produced a commanding display last month when Barcelona was held to a goalless draw at Signal Iduna Park in their opening Group F match.

And after Suele, Low’s defensive cornerstone, tore his cruciate knee against Augsburg on Saturday, ruling him out of action for at least six months, Hummels might just be the right man in the right place.

Euro 2020 qualifier- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels
Euro 2020 qualifier- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels

While Low described the news as very bad, Bayern president Uli Hoeness was more direct. Apparently, the season is over for him, he said on Monday. He can forget about the Euros.

Suele’s injury is, indeed, bad news all round although Bayern can adjust as 2018 World Cup winners Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, as well as Boateng, can all fill in at center-back.

However, Germany lacks the same strength in depth and Freund was blunt about Germany’s chances at the Euro 2020 finals, which start in June, if Hummels is not recalled.

“If we go to the European Championships with [Antonio] Rudiger and [Matthias] Ginter, we won’t be European champions,” said Freund.

He describes Suele’s injury as a catastrophe for Germany, making Hummels’ recall all the more urgent before next month’s final two Euro 2020 qualifiers against Belarus and Northern Ireland.

Euro 2020 qualifier- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels
Euro 2020 qualifier- Pressure on Germany boss Joachim to recall defender Mats Hummels

The Germans are currently neck-and-neck with the Netherlands at the top of their group with the top two teams qualifying.

Dortmund manager Lucien Favre insisted last month, before Suele was even injured, that Hummels should without question be part of Low’s plans.

“If I had the opportunity to wear the national team jersey again, I wouldn’t refuse,” he said, adding that he wouldn’t be holding his breath.

I try to think about it as little as possible. If it comes, it comes.

Hummels is right to be pessimistic as Low is known for stubbornly sticking to decisions once his mind is made up.

However, another good performance by Hummels in Milan on Wednesday might help sway Germany’s 2014 World Cup winning coach into a rethink.

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Euro 2020 – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team without hope

If there is such a thing as an earthquake in a teacup, then Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness caused one this week in German football. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Infuriated by the ongoing debate over whether Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer should make way for his younger counterpart Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Bayern’s famously red-faced patriarch said he would sooner boycott the national team altogether than see Neuer give up the number one jersey.

Euro 2020 - Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team
Euro 2020 – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team

We would never accept a changing of the guard, Hoeness was quoted by Sport Bild magazine on Wednesday. Before that happened, we would stop releasing our players for international duty.

Like Bavarian pretzels, Hoeness comments are usually best taken with a sprinkling of salt, but this was quite the threat. A Bayern boycott would leave Germany coach Joachim Low without the likes of Neuer, Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry.

It would leave the national team dressed in all positions and without even the faintest hope of winning Euro 2020. Germany without Bayern players is simply unthinkable. For live action, you can buy Euro Cup Final Tickets online.

Since as long as anyone can remember, which in football terms is 1960s, Germany’s international success has been built around the stars of its biggest club. From Franz Beckenbauer to Neuer, the so-called ‘Bayern Block’ has dominated every German team worth its salt in the last five decades.

The heroes of Germany’s first World Cup-winning side in 1954 may have come from Kaiserslautern, Nuremberg, and Essen, but since then, German success has been made in Munich.

Euro 2020 qualifiers - Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team
Euro 2020 qualifiers – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team

In the late 1960s, a golden generation of Bayern players emerged to knock city rivals 1860 off their perch and rampage to a decade of success at both club and international level.

A Germany side built around Beckenbauer, Paul Breitner, Sepp Maier, Gerd Muller and Hoeness himself were crowned European Champions in 1972 before winning the World Cup in their own Olympic Stadium two years later.

Beckenbauer would later remark that without the goals of stubby little poacher Muller, Bayern would still be a club run out of a little wooden shed. Similarly, Germany’s status as an international behemoth would arguably be unthinkable without that generation of players. Beckenbauer, Muller, and co.

Set the tone for the next five decades in which a strong Bayern block became a prerequisite for international success.

In 1990, Germany won the World Cup final with five Bayern players in the starting line-up. At Wembley in 1996, there were six of them. Come 2014, Low started the World Cup final with six Bayern players and two former Bayern players and sent on Bayern player Mario Gotze to score the winner. Those who don’t want to miss the entertainment have already bought their Euro Cup Hospitality.

Euro 2020 qualifier - Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team
Euro 2020 qualifier – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team

By now, there is an unspoken, symbiotic relationship between the national team and the country’s biggest club. Bayern provides the Germany set-up with a well-gelled core of high-quality players, and the promise of international selection helps the club to poach the best German talent from clubs around the country.

Low, like many of his predecessors, has always understood on which side his bread is buttered. Having built his World Cup-winning side around the likes of Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Thomas Muller, the fortunes of Low’s Germany have always been intertwined with those of Bayern.

In 2012, just a few weeks after Bayern’s shock defeat to Chelsea in the Champions League final, the same core of players succumbed again to a supposedly weaker opposition in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy. In 2018, with many Bayern players struggling for their best form, Germany crashed out of the World Cup at the group stage.

Low’s reliance on a strong Bayern block has also earned him criticism. The disastrous decision not to pick Ter Stegen and Leroy Sane in Russia last year saw the Germany coach accused of over-reliance on an aging group of Bayern stars. For years, he has also had to rebuff grumblings from Borussia Dortmund that their players are too readily overlooked.

Euro Cup 2020 - Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team
Euro Cup 2020 – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team

Irritating Dortmund is one thing. Irritating Bayern, with all their arrogance and influence, is quite another. In the post-traumatic rebuilding process after last year’s World Cup, Low’s clumsy handling of certain selection decisions has infuriated the Bayern hierarchy.

The sacking of Bayern trio Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Thomas Muller earlier this year already had Hoeness and co. frothing at the mouth. Aside from accusations of disrespect, there was a sense in Munich that Low had bowed to public pressure at the expense of his relationship with Bayern.

Come to the debate over Neuer and Ter Stegen, Hoeness the Godfather spied a useful opportunity to remind the Germany coach who his friends are.

Hoeness has since rowed back on his comments, and the idea of a boycott should not be taken all too seriously. Germany is nothing if not a nation of lawyers, and many have been quick to point out that Bayern would not be able to withdraw their players from international duty without risking punishment.

Euro qualifiers 2020 - Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team
Euro qualifiers 2020 – Bayern Munich boycott would leave the German national team

The bullish Bayern president is more likely enjoying his last few months in the public eye before he finally steps down later this year. Hoeness was always good for a controversial quote, most of which were uttered with a twinkle in his eye.

This, after all, is the man who once rubbished claims that Jurgen Klinsmann was the ‘Barack Obama of German football’ by saying that, if that were the case, then I am Mother Theresa.

Following his comments this week, Munich newspaper Abendzeitung had a less flattering comparison. Hoeness’ recent comments made him appear more like Donald Trump, the paper wrote, concluding wryly that at least he doesn’t use Twitter.

As a player, general manager and later club president, Hoeness has been arguably the central figure in the successful relationship between Bayern and the national team over the last 40 or 50 years. The threat of a boycott was his way of pointing that out, lest anyone should have forgotten. But rest assured, the earthquake will remain firmly in the teacup.

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Euro 2020 qualifying: What the actual fixtures are???

Permutations are fun, and a word almost exclusively saved for attempts to make sense of contrived qualification campaigns for major football championships. It just so happens that one is coming towards its conclusion you might have noticed. The field for Euro 2020 is taking shape and, with 1 week of games left, the scenarios are becoming rather more clear.

Every country now has either 1 or 2 games left to play in next month’s final international break. The top 2 teams from each of the 10 groups will qualify automatically, with 6 of those 20 spots already taken. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Euro qualifiers – England need 1 point against Montenegro or Kosovo to qualify for main round

The remaining four places will then be decided by those darn Nations League-based play-offs. So let’s take a look at who should start clearing their schedules for the continent’s ambitious 24-team party next year.

Who has already qualified for Euro 2020?
Ukraine and Italy have booked their spots as guaranteed winners of Groups B and J respectively. Spain in Group F, Poland in G, Belgium and Russia both in Group I will join them at Euro 2020, but whether they finish top or 2nd in their groups is yet to be decided.

Who is likely to join them for Euro 2020?
England, who need a point at home to Montenegro or away at Kosovo next month. They would even qualify if they lose at Wembley, provided the Czech Republic’s game with Kosovo does not end in a draw. Portugal will emerge from Group B, alongside winners Ukraine, with victories against Lithuania at home and Luxembourg away.

Netherlands and Germany both know that avoiding defeat in 1 of their 2 final games against Northern Ireland will be enough in Group C, as long as they win their other matches against Estonia and Belarus respectively. Football fans can book Germany Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Avoiding defeat in 1 of their 2 final games against Northern Ireland is enough for Germany to qualify for main round

Switzerland is 3rd but in the best position of a complicated Group D.If Switzerland gets at least 4 points against Georgia at home and Gibraltar away, they will qualify for Euro 2020. Croatia must avoid defeat against Slovakia in their remaining game to make it out of Group E.Austria need just a point at home to North Macedonia to qualify behind Poland from Group G.

The top spots in Group H will go to Turkey if they avoid defeat at home to Iceland and even if they lose that game then beat Andorra and France if they beat Moldova. Finland will join Italy at the finals their first-ever with a win at home to Liechtenstein, or if Bosnia fails to beat Italy.

What about the other automatic spots for Euro 2020?
Czech Republic qualifies from Group A if they defeat 3rd placed Kosovo next month. Kosovo must win that game, then draw at home to England in their last match, to take their place. Football fans can book Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Czech Republic qualifies from Group A if they defeat 3rd placed Kosovo

Serbia is relying on the unlikely event of Portugal failing to beat either Lithuania or Luxembourg. If the reigning champions do falter, winning their games against Luxembourg and Ukraine would be enough for Serbia to emerge from Group B.Northern Ireland will likely have to beat both Netherlands and Germany, with either of those teams dropping points in their other games.

If they do beat both but Netherlands and Germany pick up expected wins against Estonia and Belarus respectively, Group C’s top 3 will all finish on 18 points. Head-to-head goal difference would then be used, which could still rule Northern Ireland who has previously lost to both Germany and Netherlands by 2 goals each out.

Sweden faces the Faroe Islands in their last qualifier, so a draw against Romania would put them through, provided they then predictably beat one of Group F’s whipping boys. Football fans can book Sweden Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – Sweden faces the Faroe Islands in their last qualifier

Romania takes 2nd spot by beating Sweden a game they would have to win 1-0 or by 2 goals to be clear on the head to head if they draw their final match in Spain. Winning both games takes Romania through. Norway is relying on a number of results, including the Faroe Islands beating Sweden, to have any hope.

North Macedonia must beat second-placed Austria, then win against Israel at home while Austria loses to Latvia, who have lost all eight of their games in Group G so far. Even if Austria draw against Latvia, North Macedonia would have to overcome the 4-1 defeat they suffered to Austria in June to go above them on a head-to-head basis.

Slovenia is also relying on some mental results, such as winning away at Poland and Austria losing both their games. Iceland faces Turkey and Moldova and must win both games to stand a chance in Group H. Even then, either Turkey would have to draw or lose to Andorra, or France get no more than one point against Moldova and Albania, for Iceland to make it and knock England out in the last-16 again.

Both Bosnia and Herzegovina have to beat Italy and Liechtenstein, with Finland also picking up no more than one point against Liechtenstein and Greece, to join Italy from Group J.

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Euro 2020 – Loew backs Neuer in Germany goalkeeper debate

Head coach Joachim Loew made it clear, that Captain Manuel Neuer would remain the first German goalkeeper, with Marc-Andre ter Stegen at double, until the Euro 2020 final in June.

Barcelona-born goalkeeper Ter Stegen has complained of being stuck on the bench during the Dutch home match against the Netherlands 4-2 last month in a key Euro 2020 qualifier for the Netherlands. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Euro 2020 - Loew backs Neuer in Germany goalkeeper debate
Euro 2020 – Loew backs Neuer in Germany goalkeeper debate

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness has even threatened to prevent their stars from playing for Germany in the event of the fall of Neuer. An idea he quickly abandoned after realizing that such actions could lead to Fifa sanctions.

Loew refused to enter the debate and solved the problem forcefully by announcing his team for Wednesday’s friendly against Argentina in Dortmund and the qualifying match for Euro 2020 four days later in Estonia.

Substitute goalkeeper Ter Stegen will play in a friendly against Argentina, who is not suspended with Lionel Messi, while Neuer returns for the important qualifying match in Tallinn.

“For both games, I have decided… that Marc will play in Dortmund and ‘Manu’ (Neuer) in Tallinn. We have told both players,” said Loew.

Euro Cup 2020 - Loew backs Neuer in Germany goalkeeper debate
Euro Cup 2020 – Loew backs Neuer in Germany goalkeeper debate

“I have emphasised several times that Manuel Neuer is our captain, and therefore also our No 1 for the time being, with the European Championship in mind – if nothing out of the ordinary happens”.

The Germans have to beat Estonia to stay ahead of tight Group C. The Netherlands, who are in third place, are only three points behind with one game less, while Northern Ireland is tied with the Germans with 12 points.

They crushed Estonia, which lost their five qualifiers so far, 8-0 when the teams met in a group match in Mainz last June. Elsewhere, there are no surprises in the team with Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Nadiem Amiri as the only newcomer.

Ilkay Gundogan (whom Pep Guardiola recently called “one of the best rookies in Manchester City history”) and Serge Gnabry, who has 21 goals, scored four goals in the 7-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League in midweek.

Germany Squad for Euro 2020

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona/ESP), Bernd Leno (Arsenal/ENG)

Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Marcel Halstenberg (RB Leipzig), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Lukas Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Niklas Stark (Hertha Berlin), Niklas Suele (Bayern Munich), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen)

Midfielders/forwards:  Nadiem Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen), Julian Brandt (Borussia Dortmund), Emre Can (Juventus/ITA), Serge Gnabry (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City/ENG), Kai Havertz (Bayer Leverkusen), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid/ESP), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Luca Waldschmidt (Freiburg), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

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Euro 2020 qualifying positions: How every group is shaping up from England to Italy

Group A

England has mounted a perfect start to qualification by scoring 19 goals in their opening 4 games. England can secure a place at the Euro Cup 2020 with wins over the challenging Czech Republic and a disappointing Bulgaria. The community who love their favourite team can book England Euro Cup Tickets.

Kosovo has been Group A’s surprise package thus far. Kosovo has beaten both the Bulgarians and the Czechs in their last 2 games prior to losing against England. This week’s fixtures could prove vital in lessening who will be joining Gareth Southgate’s men next summer in Euro Cup 2020.

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England can secure a place at the Euro Cup 2020 with wins over the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

Fixtures of this group are:

On Friday Montenegro plays with Bulgaria and the Czech Republic plays with England. On Monday Bulgaria plays with England and Kosovo plays with Montenegro

Group B

Despite winning the Nations League, Portugal has been outclassed by Ukraine. Ukraine has created a 5 point gap at the top of the table. Portugal can put themselves back on top if they get success against Luxembourg. The community who love their favourite team can book Portugal Euro Cup Tickets.

If Portugal beats the Ukrainians in their own back yard on Monday they can keep their hopes alive. Serbia is also proving to be challengers for that 2nd place. Serbia could announce themselves as sincere contenders if they can copy their flogging of Lithuania away from home.

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Euro 2020 – Portugal can keep their hopes alive by defeating Ukrainians on Monday

Fixtures of this group are:

On Friday Portugal plays with Luxembourg and Ukraine plays with Lithuania. On Monday Ukraine plays with Portugal and Lithuania plays with Serbia

Group C

Germany has put its World Cup and Nations League sufferings behind them by winning 4 of their 5 Euro qualification games so far. Joachim Low’s youthful side will be looking to rival their 8-0 lashing of Estonia in their only battle this week as dark horses. The community who love their favourite team can book Germany Euro Cup Tickets.

Northern Ireland has matched its inspiring start. However, Michael O’Neil’s side travels to Holland who, with a win can jump them into 2nd place. It is a race of 3 teams in Group C, and it looks likely to go down to the wire. 

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Euro 2020 – Germany has won 4 of their 5 Euro qualification games

Fixtures of this group are:

On Thursday the Netherlands plays with Northern Ireland and Belarus plays with Estonia. On Sunday Belarus plays with Netherlands and Estonia plays with Germany

Group D

Surprisingly, the Republic of Ireland has taken advantage of Switzerland’s slow start to the campaign. The Republic of Ireland will be looking to spread their lead over the group favourites when they meet in Geneve on Tuesday. The community who love their favourite team can book Republic of Ireland Euro Cup Tickets.

2nd place Denmark however, also have a chance of topping the group. Denmark will also be hoping to basin the Swiss at home on Saturday. It shaping up to be a crucial week in Group D. The group still appears to be in Switzerland’s hands and if the Republic of Ireland or Denmark can source an upset.

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Euro 2020 – ROI will be looking to spread their lead over the group favourites Switzerland

It will sustain their chances of getting a place at Euro Cup 2020 for Switzerland. Fixtures of this group are:

On Saturday Georgia plays with the Republic of Ireland and, Denmark plays with Switzerland. On Tuesday Switzerland plays with Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar plays with Georgia.

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Toni Kroos back in Germany national squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

Midfielder Toni Kroos was called up in the Germany national squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Northern Ireland and Netherlands, with Emre Can and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen also making a return to the national team.

Toni Kroos had lost their most recent big international matches in June with a muscle injury while related midfielder Can last made the squad in October 2018 while Ter Stegen had been nurturing a knee injury. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

Toni Kroos back in Germany national squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers
Toni Kroos back in Germany national squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

The Germans, looking to get well from an abysmal 2018 that saw them knocked out of the World Cup in the group stage and then demoted from the inaugural Nations League, host the Dutch on 6 Sep in Hamburg.

Germany are presently listed on 2nd place of their Euro 2020 qualifying group on nine points from three games, including a victory away against the Dutch. Northern Ireland have 12 points, having played one match more.

The Coach Joachim Loew said in a statement, “We want to kick off the international season with full concentration and with the Euro awaiting at the end of the campaign next summer. Our goal is to become tougher and fine-tune our game and qualify as early as possible.”

Toni Kroos back in Germany national squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers
Toni Kroos back in Germany national squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

Loew, who also recall newcomer Luca Waldschmidt, top scorer at this year’s Under-21 European Tournament, will not have the speed of winger Leroy Sane, who is out with a torn ligament.

Thilo Kehrer, Julian Draxler and Antonio Ruediger are also sidelined with several injuries.

“I expect two emotion-laden matches in which we can further stabilize ourselves and continue our good start in the Euro 2020 qualifiers,” Loew added.

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Germany edge Northern Ireland team to restore Euro 2020 position order

Germany beat hosts Northern Ireland by 2-0, to get their Euro 2020 qualification on track as they recoiled back from last week’s loss to the Netherlands to capture their position and top spot in Group C. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

The Defender Marcel Halstenberg pierced the ball in 3 minutes after the restart following a lustreless first half by the Germans, who lost 4-2 at home to the Dutch, and Serge Gnabry added another goal in second-half stoppage time.

The victory put Germany on 12 points from five matches, ahead on goal difference of second-placed Northern Ireland, who agonized their first loss of the campaign as captain Steven Davis became their most capped outfield player with 113 presences.

Germany edge Northern Ireland team to restore Euro 2020 position order
Germany edge Northern Ireland team to restore Euro 2020 position order

The third-position placed Netherlands, 4-0 winners away to Estonia, are on nine points from four games. The Germans, disappeared half a dozen injured players, looked to lack a clear game plan in the first half with plenty of passing but struggling to find ways to expose the Irish defence.

Joachim Loew’s young team, looking to get better from last year’s blow first-round World Cup going away and Nations League relegation, have not had sufficient match practice and it displayed.

Conor Washington had a golden opportunity to put the hosts forward in the 7th minute when he attacked on a rare Toni Kroos mistake but fired up sraight at charging goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Germany edge Northern Ireland team to restore Euro 2020 position order
Germany edge Northern Ireland team to restore Euro 2020 position order

Timo Werner had the tourists’ best chance before the break but his close-range struggle was saved by Bailey Peacock-Farrell. Germany looked to be feeling the effects of Friday’s loss with the Irish working hard to stifle their attacks early.

Halstenberg finally settled German nerves, timing his half-volley to excellence as he angled Julian Brandt’s cross into the far corner just after the break.

They should have scored again in a brilliant start to the second half but alternatively had to wait until deep into stoppage for Gnabry to ensure of the three points.

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Euro 2020 – Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1

Joachim Low hinted that Manuel Neuer would remain Germany’s favorite goalkeeper, but MP Marc-Andre Stegen repeated that his chances would be good after his 1-1 draw against Serbia.

Germany manager was asked by reporters if Neuer’s start against Serbia suggested the Bayern Munich man will keep his place for Sunday’s UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against the Netherlands

He replied you can deduce that at the end of last week or in the past, I already said that Marc-Andre would certainly have chances. We just made a match, in this one he played a half, it’s our decision, that Manuel plays as captain in the first half. Sports fanatics can book Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Euro Cup 2020 - Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1
Euro Cup 2020 – Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1

“In the second half, Marc-Andre played, but we still have some games this year and he will certainly have a chance.”

The star of Barcelona, ​​Ter Stegen, has his supporters as the heir to the throne of Neuer, a position that Bayern’s No. 1 has ruled almost without a challenge for almost a decade. He has won 85 caps since his debut in 2009 at Schalke.

Prior to the friendly midweek games, Low said Ter Stegen would continue to get opportunities in the national team. DW Sports contrasted the statistics of this season for the duo of goalkeepers.

Euro Cup 2020 - Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1
Euro Cup 2020 – Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1

Neuer, who turns 33 on March 27, has kept two white sheets in his last 12 international releases. Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic visited the Volkswagen Arena.

The Bayern veteran has been hailed during his career for popularizing the goalkeeper’s role as a goalkeeper, but doubts have been raised about his effectiveness this season and whether he is doing his best.

Ter Stegen, meanwhile, kept the consistent form between the poles for Barcelona and earned calls to take the No. 1 jersey, having excelled since arriving at Borussia Mönchengladbach in 2014.

Euro Cup 2020 - Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1
Euro Cup 2020 – Manuel Neuer to remain Germany’s number 1

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scored the Reds’ first goal in his 3-1 win at the Allianz Arena in the UEFA Champions League when he capitalized on the inexplicable breakaway from Neuer to score in an open goal.

Low recently waved his ax and eliminated the Bayern trio of Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng from the national team, although Neuer was among the most experienced stars of the club to keep his place.

This decision indicates that no player is untouchable in Low’s camp, but Neuer remains standing and will continue to fight for his place as Germany’s No. 1 ahead of next year’s European Championship.

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Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro 2020

Manuel Neuer might be nearing an end to his time as an international footballer for Germany. The Bayern Munich goalkeeper is reportedly considering retirement from international play after the UEFA EURO 2020 competition. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase Germany Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

A spat between Germany’s No 1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and contender Marc Andre ter Stegen could soon be settled off the pitch with the former considering international retirement next year, according to a SportBild magazine report on Wednesday.

Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro 2020
Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro 2020

Bayern Munich’s Neuer, who has 90 caps, has been the undisputed No 1 since 2010 but Ter Stegen’s form with Barcelona in recent seasons has made him a strong challenger ahead of Euro 2020.

After failing to get any playing time in their recent Euro qualifiers against Netherlands and Northern Ireland, the 27-year-old Ter Stegen, with 22 caps to his name, voiced his dissatisfaction.

Neuer then demanded stronger support from his fellow keeper and said his starts were down to good performances before Ter Stegen responded this week, saying Neuer’s comments were “inappropriate”.

Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro Cup 2020
Neuer considering Germany retirement after Euro Cup 2020

But according to SportBild magazine, 2014 World Cup winner Neuer, who will turn 34 next year, is “seriously considering” putting an end to his illustrious Germany career after Euro 2020, should his team qualify.

Neuer, who plays for Bayern Munich, has won almost every major domestic and international title for club and country, including the World Cup and Champions League, apart from the European Championship.

The next major international tournament after Euro 2020 is the 2022 World Cup.

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