Low faces balancing act: argentina game inconvenient

low faces balancing act: argentina game inconvenient

Six weeks after the bitter semi-final loss to italy, the national coach must name a strong squad for the first international match of the new season on thursday. Opponent is after all argentina. "No one is happy about this date," explained bayern munchen’s sports director matthias sammer, who, as a former DFB sports director, knows the dilemma from the other side as well. The test on 15. August against argentina is inconvenient for everyone, even for low.

The DFB head coach, who disappeared from the public eye after his elimination from the european championship in warsaw and his return home at the end of june, is already approaching the bundesliga and assembling his staff just two days before the game. On monday afternoon, the players around captain philipp lahm have to arrive in frankfurt; just 57 hours later, the performance comparison against the two-time world champions will take place. "This date is nonsense. From a sporting point of view, he certainly makes little sense for the national team," said dortmund’s sporting director michael zorc.

FIFA, the world governing body, has now reacted to the situation and removed the unpopular august date from the international calendar. But low still has to manage the balancing act once for the test against the argentines. The bundesliga clubs are still in the preparatory phase, starting the first round of the DFB cup a few days after the national match. Doubles winners dortmund and FC bayern to battle it out on 12. August in munich still for the supercup.

Low could do without one or the other player from BVB and bayern in his argentine line-up. Goalkeeper mario gomez out for long time after ankle surgery. Mario gotze is plagued with a bandage inflammation. Lukas podolski and per mertesacker will also take part on 12. August with FC arsenal for a test match at "poldi’s" ex-club 1. FC colon to. Low stays to prepare for the prestigious duel against lionel messi and co. Basically just the final training session.

Nevertheless, the first appearance of the DFB team and of low itself will set the course for the world cup 2014 in brazil. Important questions are still open. Will the national coach be using a new team in the 7. Veteran tim wiese as second goalkeeper for world cup qualifier starting against faroe islands in september? Is 34 year old miroslav klose still the only center forward in lows squad besides gomez who is currently injured? Will mertesacker find his way back into the starting eleven?? Which of the young nachdranger are in the shortlist?

Low will not appear in public for the first time until the beginning of the new week – and will certainly also have to provide information about the internal european championship evaluation. The sports management has already reported to the DFB-prasidium about the reasons for the missed final and the further course. The disappointed fans would like to know now also nearer.