Six Dortmund players were in action tonight, with Dennis Praet scoring for Belgium U21 against France in their UEFA Qualifier. Praet was a half-time substitute with France already 3-0 up and put in a good shift, though he couldn’t prevent the current world champions running out 4-1 winners.
Moritz Leitner played the ninety minutes for Germany in their 4-0 in at Bosnia in an U21 Qualifier, making two key passes from the midfield. Ibro Beslija (Bosnia) and Leonard Bittencourt (Germany) were unused substitutes in the match.
Koray Günter had a great game for Turkey in their 3-0 qualifying win at Liechtenstein, winning several aerial challenges. Expectations are high in Turkey for the player, who has been widely tipped to be the next Servet Çetin. Mustafa Amini came on midway through the second-half for Australia in their 4-1 U21 Friendly win over New Zealand, but didn’t impact the game.
In Under-19 Friendlies, Jeremy Dudziak won his first international cap at any level coming on as a late substitute for Germany during their 3-1 win in Denmark; and Ogün Gümüstas played for 72 minutes for Turkey in their 2-1 win over Luxembourg but didn’t trouble the scorers.
Nine senior BVB players could play in tomorrow night’s internationals, with five being called up by Germany for their friendly against Japan. Ivan Perisic is the only player facing a competitive match: the first leg of the Croatia v. France World Cup Qualifying Playoff.
FSV Mainz have filled the only Bundesliga job vacancy with the hiring of 79 year-old Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, whose last managerial role was with Galatasaray during the 2007-08 season. Mainz sit 10th in the league, and face Nürnberg and Köln at home in their next two matches.