DAILY DIARY, Saturday 30 August:
Twenty-three players have been selected for international duty next week, including nine senior players in Joachim Löw’s German squad to play world champions Brazil in a friendly in Dortmund, before opening their Euro 2016 Qualifying campaign at home to Denmark.
In Löw’s squad are Lars and Sven Bender, Andreas Beck, Mats Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Mario Götze, Marco Reus, Julian Schieber, and André Schürrle. The only surprise is Ilkay Gündogan’s inclusion ahead of an in-form Sami Khedira, despite the Manchester United midfielder not enjoying the best of spells at his new club.
Viktor Fischer (left), Stevan Jovetic, Robert Lewandowski, Heinz Lindner, Ivan Perisic, and Neven Subotic have been called-up by their respective countries for the senior squad(s), all of whom are in action on both Friday 5th and Tuesday 9th September.
Dennis Praet and Hervé Matthys have been selected for Belgium U21 and u19 respectively. Mustafa Amini (on loan at Sandhausen) and Koray Günter (at St. Pauli) have received nods for Australia and Turkey U21s respectively. Amongst the club’s youth team, Ibro Beslija (Bosnia) and Emiliano Mancinelli (Italy) are set for U21 action.
04/09: U19 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Luxembourg v. BELGIUM 05/09: SENIOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY Belarus v. DENMARK CROATIA v. Qatar GERMANY v. Brazil Hungary v. POLAND MONTENEGRO v. AUSTRIA SERBIA v. Argentina 05/09: UEFA U21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING France v. BELGIUM GERMANY v. Northern Ireland Hungary v. BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA Israel v. ITALY Ukraine v. TURKEY 08/09: UEFA U21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING Andorra v. GERMANY BELGIUM v. United Arab Emirates BOSNIA v. South Korea ITALY v. Spain TURKEY v. Liechtenstein 08/09: U21 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY England v. AUSTRALIA 08/09: U19 INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY GERMANY v. Australia Spain v. BELGIUM 09/09: UEFA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING AUSTRIA v. Armenia CROATIA v. SERBIA GERMANY v. DENMARK Lithuania v. MONTENEGRO Netherlands v. POLAND
Erik Durm and Florian Hübner both played for their loan club Eintracht Braunschweig last night in their 0-1 defeat at Fürth in the German second-tier. Hübner (7.7) had a very good game in the back four, while Durm (6.1) came on as an early substitute but wasn’t able to make his mark on the game.
UEFA have paid the club £2.6m for the Super Cup win yesterday.
Belgian top-flight side Sporting Lokeren are on the verge of a takeover, writes their local media, with local businessman Dimitri Goossens set to make a bid for the club’s chairman position, wiping out the club’s debts in the process.