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Criticism of DFB team's trip to US – Fuller defends plan

Criticism of DFB team's trip to US – Fuller defends plan

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Updated September 7, 2023 at 11:12 AM

In October, the national team travels to the United States for two international matches – halfway through the season. National players also wonder: Does it have to be this way? The German Football Association's sporting director says yes to the 2026 World Cup.

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Sports Director of the German Football Association Rudi Fuller He defended the national soccer team's trip to the United States in October, but also showed understanding for doubters. “When I started at the DFB, this journey was almost straightforward. My first reaction was – I'll be honest: why are we doing this? And now I also say: it's a good thing,” says Föller on the DFB's homepage.

National team coach Hansi Flick It meets the United States in Hartford on October 14 and Mexico in Philadelphia on October 17 (local time). Fuller said, justifying the tour: “After the two matches at home against France and Japan, and with the aim of preparing for the next World Cup, it is important to introduce yourself to the fans on site, hold conversations and make contact.”

“For a greater awareness and presence of German football, the Bundesliga and its clubs, it is important that Germany's best players show themselves at the international level,” Föller added. Part of professional preparation is tackling the next tournament well in advance. The United States, Mexico and Canada will host the 2026 World Cup finals.

Sulli criticizes: “He was not chosen well.”

National player Niklas Sule He was criticized on Wednesday. “In my opinion, this is not a very good option,” Sule said, justifying this to some of his Borussia Dortmund teammates who regularly have to travel long distances to attend international matches: “I see that with my teammates who travel somewhere and come back.” With jet lag.”

Just two days after the DFB side's return trip, Dortmund are set to face Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga. Leverkusen player Jonas Hofmann spoke of “divided opinions” in the German Football Association team. “Our body is our capital and it is weak,” the 31-year-old said.

The German Football Association once again confirmed that after the European Championship on home soil and before the World Cup in 2026, a trip to the United States will no longer be possible. After the European Championship, the national team will once again participate in competitive matches in the Nations League. Then follow the World Cup qualifiers. (SID/dpa/lh)

Read also: Leroy Sane defends Hansi Flick

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