The closed meeting lasted three days: before Christmas, the German Federation team met around Hansi Flick (57) again to analyze Germany’s exit from the World Cup in Qatar and draw conclusions.
Above all, the lack of consistency—on defense and on the finish—as well as the negative side effects are discussed. There has never been any jubilation or joy at the World Cup, and there has been a heavy veil over the project in Qatar from the outset. Whether due to fears in advance, the political debates and the consequences that follow, very few DFB fans have ever made the trip to the Middle East.
In the direction of EM 2024, a change should begin in mood. Above all, the DFB team can take care of that themselves. However, there are only test matches until the tournament. The search for opponents continues. According to SPORT BILD information, a duel with vice-champions of the world France is scheduled for 2023. Finalists fear that Japan, against which Germany lost 1: 2, will be another candidate. The first matches after the failed World Cup are scheduled for March: against opponents from Europe and South America.
Additionally, during the lockdown phase – possibly in September/October 2023 – there will be a big trip: The Flick team will then have two tests in the US and Mexico. The next World Cup will be held there in 2026.
Important for DFB officials: Find players who are fully motivated for friendlies that interest viewers. In addition to established stars, players should develop towards the European Championship.
In focus here: Players like Jamal Musiala (19), Florian Wertz (19), Nico Schlotterbeck (23) and David Raum (24). Flick also notes the development of talents such as Stuttgart’s Joshua Vajnomann (22), Kevin Shady (21 / since last week in Brentford) or Augsburg striker Mergem Berisha (24).
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