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Flick confirms plans for an international match against Austria and a trip to the US

Frankfurt/Main: The German national football team is likely to play an international match against Austria at the end of the year. According to a report by Austrian press agency APA, the match is scheduled to take place on November 21 in Vienna. “I already know who we are playing against, but I don’t know in detail how everything is agreed. I can say that the last game against Austria is scheduled for November,” Hansi Flick said in Frankfurt on Monday. The national coach also confirmed a planned trip to the USA for the DFB exam in October this year.

“We have plans to bring a top European nation to Vienna in November,” said ÖFB managing director Bernhard Neuholt, “but detailed talks are still ongoing.” The Austrian selection is coached by former Bundesliga coach Ralf Rangnick.

The German team automatically qualifies as host for EM 2024 and therefore does not play in any EM qualifiers. Next friendly is Belgium in Cologne on Tuesday. The DFB has yet to announce its next plan for 2023.

According to media reports, the 1000th international match in the association’s history will take place in June against Ukraine in Bremen, followed by a game in Poland and a friendly in Frankfurt, with the opposition yet to be decided. A clash with vice-world champions France and a game at Wolfsburg are scheduled for September in Dortmund. In October, Flick and his team will travel to the United States for two tests on the East Coast, against the hosts there and Mexico, who will co-host the 2026 World Cup with Canada.

There have been 40 international matches against Austria so far, of which Germany have won 25. The last time they met was in June 2018, a 2-1 draw in Klagenfurt just before the World Cup in Russia.