Miami as a sample without wm value for dfb-elf

Miami as a sample without wm value for dfb-elf

The latino community is roughly in the southeasternmost corner of the USA. The best salsa bands play at la casa de tula, brazilian bars and cuban restaurants were also allowed to catch the eye of joachim low and his players in miami.

But the german national team’s tour of the USA cannot be regarded as a sample or at least a small rehearsal for the soccer world cup in brazil in a year’s time. "We have 2013. I am now being asked who is favored in brazil. Are the germans the top favorite? A lot happens in a year, as you’ve seen now," the national coach emphasized.

Low doesn’t just want to blame the lineup of the DFB’s showcase team for the lack of world cup value. Because of the german champions league final between bayern and dortmund in london, some 7,000 kilometers away, and the club commitments of other regulars, he traveled to the U.S. With a B selection at the very most.

"No," said the 53-year-old, the two-week U.S. Trip with international matches on 29. May in boca raton against ecuador and on 2. June in washington against the USA was never planned as a further team-building measure on the way to the 2014 world cup: "at that point, other things are in the foreground. As for team building, it will have no impact on the world cup."

15 players who play a central role in lows’ brazil plans are missing in florida: neuer, lahm, boateng, schweinsteiger, muller, gomez, badstuber, kroos (all FC bayern), hummels, schmelzer, gundogan, gotze, reus (all dortmund), ozil and khedira (real madrid). Other personnel are also uncertain: "who knows now which 23 players will go into the preparation for the world cup?. Some positions are filled, some are open. There is competition there," said low.

On thursday, he asked his squad, which was largely made up of substitutes, to train for the first time at the barry university gelander in north miami. Per mertesacker, who stayed in the hotel because of an infection, was absent. "Everything is top here," low assistant hansi flick announced.

That newcomers like max kruse (freiburg), nicolai muller (mainz), sidney sam and philipp wollscheid (leverkusen) can still seriously intervene in the competition is unlikely, but not excluded. "One thing is clear, there have often been these examples of a player from the second or even third category suddenly playing his way to the forefront with a country game or a country game trip," said low. Kruse was highly motivated in his first training match, scoring three goals. "Of course I want to try and leave a lasting impression," said the new boy from gladbach.

The last time low sent four debutants onto the pitch – as is now planned in the USA – was in november 2010 in the 0-0 draw against sweden. Of those, mario gotze and marcel schmelzer are now regulars, with andre schurrle close behind and lewis holtby still in the picture as U 21 captain. In march 2007 even five players played their first international match against danmark (0:1), none of them is currently with the team anymore. In may 2010, debutants mats hummels, dennis aogo, kevin grobkreutz and stefan reinartz made their debut, the latter three being reactivated for the current trip to the u.S. After lengthy breaks.

The standard at low is high: "my maxim for testing is: if someone manages to get ahead, then I’m very happy."Whether the debutants numbers 54 to 57 will be demoted again in his ara or disappear altogether like malik fathi, alexander madlung, roberto hilbert, gonzalo castro, marvin compper, tobias weis, sascha riether or others did before, will depend on many factors. "I see different approaches from the individual players, where they can still improve," said low.

The freiburg native, who is approaching his fourth major tournament with the world championship in brazil, is known for considering the time immediately before the competition highlights to be the most important one. Tests like now are only a supplement. "Team building is a process that takes years anyway. The most important thing for us is preparing for the tournament. The strong and the weak will then crystallize out, but not necessarily a year in advance," said low. What does not exclude that one of the new ones in the USA can use his minimal chance.