Berti Vogts wants to see more center forwards in the Bundesliga. Jamal Musiala struggles with his missed big chance in the draw against Spain. There, coach Luis Enrique is reluctant to give his team a helping hand for Germany in the final group game against Japan. Leroy Sané is ready for the starting XI. There is also a risk of trouble from FIFA. All news and rumors about the German national team can be found here.
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DFB, News: Berti Vogts calls for more center forwards in the Bundesliga
After Niclas Füllkrug’s important World Cup goal, former national coach Berti Vogts calls for more classic center forwards in the Bundesliga. “That’s a good German tradition, let’s think of Uwe Seeler, Gerd Müller, Horst Hrubesch, Rudi Völler, Jürgen Klinsmann or Oliver Bierhoff,” wrote the 75-year-old in his World Cup column in the Rheinische Post (Monday edition).
Vogts, who became world champion as a player in 1974 and won the European Championship title 22 years later as a coach, praised the Füllkrugs club Werder Bremen for “putting on such a type of player. Unfortunately, there are too few of them in the Bundesliga. ” He hopes that “the topic of center forwards will be discussed in German football after the World Cup,” Vogts continued.
Füllkrug scored the equalizer for the German national team in the 83rd minute of the 1-1 draw against Spain in the second World Cup group game.
DFB, News: Jamal Musiala is annoyed after a missed chance against Spain
In the 1-1 draw against Spain, Jamal Musiala was once again one of the best Germans on the field with numerous dangerous dribbles and the assist to compensate (SPOX rating 2.5). However, he missed a big chance in the 73rd minute when he aimed too centrally in front of keeper Unai Simón and missed the pass to the better-placed Niclas Füllkrug.
“I have to do better in this situation. I have to keep my head up and pass the ball or shoot in the goal. I think it will be a difficult night for me,” said Musiala after the game in the mixed zone, but at the same time made it clear : “We played well and stuck to the match plan. There are still many things that we can do better.”
DFB, News: Spain coach Luis Enrique reluctant to help
Spain coach Luis Enrique has shown reluctance regarding Spanish support for the German national team at the World Cup in Qatar. “We will play to win,” he emphasized with a view to the last group game against DFB conqueror Japan. However, he did not want to promise that he would field his best eleven.
“It doesn’t matter which players I choose – they’re all good players,” said the coach (52) and added to the DFB team: “You have to think about winning yourself – Costa Rica is doing well. And we’re thinking about it Japan, that’s going to be difficult enough.”
The German players immediately encouraged their Spanish teammates in the clubs after the game. Antonio Rüdiger told him “that we should beat Japan,” admitted Dani Carvajal. Lukas Klostermann and David Raum spoke to Leipzig teammate Dani Olmo.
Should Spain win against Japan, a win against Costa Rica on Thursday (8 p.m. in the live ticker) will be enough for the German team to reach the round of 16. Should Japan manage to draw against the 2010 world champions, the German victory would have to be two goals behind.
All scenarios: This is how Germany gets to the round of 16.
DFB, News: Leroy Sané ready for the starting XI again
Leroy Sané feels ready to start again after recovering from knee problems at the World Cup in Qatar. “My knee is better. I think I can play from the start again,” said the 26-year-old after his strong performance as a joker in the 1-1 draw against Spain at Sport1. “Important point! We’re here!” Sané wrote on social media.
The Bayern Munich professional missed the 2-1 defeat against Japan at the start because of his injury. On Sunday evening he came on as a substitute in the 70th minute and introduced himself to Jamal Musiala with a dream pass. He was involved in Niclas Füllkrug’s equalization and caused a lot of danger with his speed runs.
For Hansi Flick, Sané was “an option from the start against Spain, but we didn’t know how long he would last”. It was right to only substitute the offensive player “because he brought a breath of fresh air when he came in”.
DFB, News: Jürgen Klinsmann does not trust Germany to win the World Cup
As national coach, Jürgen Klinsmann led the DFB team to third place in the 2006 Summer Fairy Tale. He doesn’t believe in the world title this time. Speaking to the BBC, he said: “It will be difficult. This is a team that is just growing and hopefully they can make it to the semi-finals, that would be big. But the title is too far away, I think.”
Klinsmann continued: “Germany have concerns. This is a group of players that is still growing together. We haven’t found the ideal back four yet. The full-backs haven’t been decided yet. In 2014, when they won in Brazil, they had a chain four central defenders. We could end up with four central defenders in this tournament too.”
DFB, News: Family visit in the DFB quarter
Breathe a sigh of relief and relax after the encouragement against Spain: After the important 1-1 draw against the 2010 world champions at the World Cup in Qatar, the German internationals received another visit from their families. National coach Hansi Flick invited women and children to the Zulal Wellness Resort in the north of the country for two nights, just like after the opening defeat against Japan (1: 2).
On Monday, a player replacement training session was also on the agenda. On Tuesday, preparations will begin for Thursday’s (20:00CET) group final against Costa Rica, which will again take place at Al-Khor’s Al-Bayt Stadium. A German victory is a prerequisite for moving into the round of 16.
DFB, News: After skipped PK: FIFA opens proceedings
The disciplinary committee of the world association FIFA has opened proceedings against the DFB after the skipped press conference before the Spain game (1: 1) at the World Cup in Qatar. Those responsible for the German national team are accused of violating Article 44 of the World Cup regulations, Article 2.7.2 of the Media and Marketing Rules and Article 8.5.3 of the Team Handbook. There is a risk of a fine.
Only national coach Hansi Flick took part in the media round held the day before the World Cup games on Saturday. However, FIFA requires that one player also appear at the press conference. The DFB had rejected this with a view to the long journey from the team quarters in the north of the country to the media center in Doha.
DFB, News: Thomas Müller warns against being too careless
Thomas Müller warned his teammates not to be too careless before the group finals at the World Cup in Qatar against Costa Rica. “The Sweden moment was also there in 2018. And in the end it fizzled out,” said Müller after the 1-1 draw against Spain, recalling the historic preliminary round four years ago in Russia. At that time, the DFB selection lost to South Korea (0:2) after a last-minute win against Sweden in the last group game.
The arithmetic games in the German camp started immediately after the final whistle in Al-Khor. Joshua Kimmich kept track ahead of Thursday’s game against Costa Rica. “We just have to hope that Japan doesn’t win, even win 2-0 – then we’ll be through,” said Munich, referring to the parallel game between Spain and the four-time Asian champions.
Should Spain win, a victory is enough for the German team to reach the round of 16. If Japan manages to draw against the 2010 world champions, Germany would have to win by a two-goal margin. “We also need a bit of luck in the other game,” said Müller, “or at least no bad luck.”
The four-time world champion can no longer win the group, but Manuel Neuer didn’t want to worry too much. “The decision we can influence now is to win the game against Costa Rica,” said the captain.
Here you can find even more opinions on the Spain game of the German team.
DFB, News: World Cup hero Niclas Füllkrug very relaxed – “It’s not my first goal”
Suddenly a World Cup hero: Niclas Füllkrug is completely relaxed about his new status as the “saviour” of the German national soccer team. “I’m very relaxed in such situations, it’s not the first goal I’ve scored, nor the first important one,” said the Werder Bremen professional after his important goal to make it 1-1 (0-0). against Spain.
“There’s no need to jump for joy now, we still have the most important game ahead of us,” emphasized the 29-year-old, looking ahead to the last group game against Costa Rica on Thursday: “In the end, one goal doesn’t do much for me if we’re through the group stage not survive.”
Füllkrug, who was still a second division striker at Werder six months ago, thanked Hansi Flick for the national coach’s trust. “He talked to me a lot, gave me a lot of encouragement. I’m really happy that I was able to repay that and fulfill his hopes that he has presence in the box and threatens goals – which is what you want in a striker.”
He was “warmly welcomed” by his new colleagues, “as I have rarely experienced. It wasn’t difficult for me to get here,” said Füllkrug after his second goal in his third international match. He had already scored as a joker on his debut in the World Cup dress rehearsal in Oman (1-0).
“I’m pleased that I’m gaining a foothold here, that I’m making my mark and that I can help the team. That I can show that it’s good to be part of it,” he said.
DFB, News: Germany fights a draw against Spain
Thanks to a late equalizer by substitute Niclas Füllkrug, Germany scored their first point in the top game against Spain on the second group match day of the 2022 World Cup. After the 1-1 (0-0) against the league leaders, coach Hansi Flick’s team still needs a win and probably Spanish support against Japan to reach the round of 16 against Costa Rica on Thursday (8 p.m.).
In the 63rd minute, Alvaro Morata, who had come on just nine minutes earlier, made it 1-0 for Spain. After being substituted on, Niclas Füllkrug needed 13 minutes to score the equalizer (83′).
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Germany vs. Spain, group match at the World Cup 2022 – schedule in group E
|23. November||Germany vs Japan||1:2|
|23. November||Spain vs. Costa Rica||7:0|
|27. November||Japan vs. Costa Rica||0:1|
|27. November||Spain vs. Germany||1:1|
|December 01||Costa Rica vs. Deutschland||8 p.m|
|December 01||Japan vs. Spain||8 p.m|