Football – Football Week: Nations League, World Cup Qualifiers, EM Squad – Sports

Berlin (dpa) – The selection of the Masters, cup winners and first division champions, after the end of the season in the major European leagues, is now the focus is now on the national teams once again.

Four players await Germany’s selection of national coach Hansi Flick in the Nations League, for Ukraine it is still a matter of qualifying for the World Cup. Ralf Rangnick made his Austrian debut and national coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg nominated her extended team for the European Championship.

National team:

After a free weekend to take a break, national coach Hansi Flick assembled the national team on Monday night for further preparations for the Nations League in Herzogenaurach. The final touches will be held for the next four matches in Franconia, the first of which is next Saturday in Bologna against European champions Italy. Other competitors to the group are England and Hungary. “After the Nations Championship, we can conclude how far we have come,” Flick said, looking forward to the World Cup in Qatar. The 26 players around captain Manuel Neuer had already completed a short training camp in Marbella last week.

The German Football Association General Assembly:

At the general meeting of the German Football League on Monday in Wiesbaden, it should be given the opportunity to launch a discussion about the future and economic strategy. The goal is to ensure the competitiveness of the Bundesliga. The German Football Association has formed a working group for this purpose, but it is only in the beginning of its work. It should be considered whether more free Bundesliga matches will be shown live and less on pay TV, following the sale of national television rights from the 2025/26 season. Preparation for the first and second league seasons is also on the agenda. Among other things, it must be determined whether there will be five options for change. The rule was introduced during the Corona pandemic.

Under 21:

One point from two games is still missing for the German youth selection to secure participation in the European Championship. On Friday, Hungary will be in Osnabrück (6.15pm / Saturday 1), four days later, followed by the first leg in Poland. “Thanks to the March results, we have developed an ideal starting position in our group,” said coach Antonio Di Salvo. Attacking player Ansgar Knauf declared: “Now it is important that we approach the last two games clearly and win the group back.”

World Cup qualifiers:

The Ukrainian national team wants to take the penultimate step to the World Cup in Qatar in Scotland. Oleksandr Petrakov’s side will play in the play-off semi-finals in Glasgow on Wednesday. If the Ukrainians beat the Scots, they will play Wales for the World Cup on Sunday. “It is very important for our national team and our country that we achieve this,” former Ukrainian Bundesliga player Andrei Voronin said recently in a beneficial match with Mönchengladbach. Due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the national players who earn their money in their country have not been able to play in their clubs for a long time. They have kept fit with tests and training.

EM squad:

A good month before the European Championship kicks off against Denmark on July 8, the German federation’s anticipation for the tournament in England was slowly growing. National team coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg is scheduled to call up her expanded 28-man squad on Tuesday from the previous group of 35 candidates. One thing is for sure: playmaker Dzsenifer Marozsan will not be there, and the 30-year-old will miss the tournament with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Rangnick’s debut:

The first matches as Austria coach were tough for Ralf Rangnick: Croatia’s World Cup finalist, world champion France, and the Danes, who were strong in the European Championship, are the contenders in the Nations League. “I’m really looking forward to the job,” said the 63-year-old. Ahead of Friday’s debut against Croatia, the former Manchester United boss wants to have many conversations to bring “the will to win” and “energy” to the pitch.

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