the confederations cup

Matthias Ginter hätte das Thema mit einem Schlag vom Tisch wischen können, hätte sich klar zu Borussia Dortmund bekennen können. Doch auf die Frage, ob er auch in der kommenden Saison beim BVB spielen werde, antwortete der Innenverteidiger im ZDF-Sportstudio ausweichend: „Gute Frage“, sagte er. „Ich mache mir gar keine Gedanken zum jetzigen Zeitpunkt, weil noch viele Spiele in den nächsten Monaten anstehen.“ Zudem sei man noch in drei Wettbewerben vertreten, habe zumindest im DFB-Pokal auch realistische Titelchancen. Und im Sommer stehe entweder mit dem Confederations Cup oder mit der U21-Europameisterschaft in Polen ein großes Turnier an. „Und dann wird man sehen.“


Ginter spielt derzeit seine dritte Saison beim BVB, nachhaltig durchgesetzt hat er sich bislang nicht. In der Innenverteidigung ist Sokratis unumstritten, daneben hat sich Marc Bartra durch zuletzt immer bessere Leistungen erst einmal festgespielt. Ginter, der in der ersten Saisonhälfte noch regelmäßig zum Einsatz kam, musste in den vergangenen Spielen immer öfter draußen bleiben – und das, obwohl Dortmund häufig mit Dreierkette spielte. Doch auf der halbrechten Position bekam der Pole Lukasz Piszczek meist den Vorzug.


Auch in der Nationalmannschaft hat Ginter seine Position nicht festigen können: 2014 war er noch beim WM-Gewinn dabei, die EM 2016 aber verpasste er. Derzeit kommt der Abwehrspieler in der U21 zum Einsatz. Auch dies beeinflusst seine Überlegungen zu einem möglichen Wechsel, denn 2018 steht ja die WM in Russland an – und da will Ginter gerne dabei sein: „Das Wichtigste ist für uns junge Spieler, dass man viel Spielpraxis hat“, sagte er. „Am besten auf hohem Niveau, am besten international. Das kann in der Saison vor einer WM ausschlaggebend sein.“


International spielen könnte der 23-Jährige bei RB Leipzig – der Bundesligaaufsteiger hat nach Informationen dieser Redaktion großes Interesse an Ginter und auch der ist alles andere als abgeneigt.


Welches Turnier er im Sommer spielt, weiß Ginter noch nicht: Erst im Mai klärt sich, welcher Spieelr zur U21-Em und welcher mit der A-Nationalmannschaft zum Confederations Cup in Russland fährt. Ginter, so sagt er, hat keine Präferenz: „Das hat beides so seine Vorteile“, meinte er. „Jeder, der in der U21 spielt, will so schnell wie möglich zur A-Nationalmannschaft. Aber bei der U21 kann man Führungsspieler sein, vorangehen und sich weiterentwickeln.

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FIFA Confederation Cup Trophy 🏆☺️👍✌️

CR7: “ I do not touch, never touch the trophies, ever, because it’s bad luck. Is this the cup? Spectacular, beautiful. Now I do not take it, you never know, you never know. I’d like to win it, it would be a dream, but there is still a lot before succeeding, we will see. The dream must always exist. We will see how it will be. The teams that will be. The fate also. It depends on many factors. I hope that Portugal has a chance, lucky enough to win a trophy that has never won in history. It would be nice. Thank you!” @all-about-cr7

And here you have my thing for the 3rd day of the wholesome week event that took place in the third week of January. As this day required something cultural, I wanted to draw Star wearing the official shirt of El Tri or Mexico national football team in a supportive mood for the upcoming FIFA confederations Cup. I actually hope they can win this one too.

Joachim Löw plant mit dem Dortmunder Marco Reus (27) als Führungskraft für den Confederations Cup, bei dem der Bundestrainer mit einem Perspektivteam antreten wird. „Es wäre natürlich gut, wenn Spieler, die längere Zeit nicht bei uns waren wie Marco Reus, den Confed Cup bestreiten könnten“, sagte Löw der „dpa“ beim Ausblick auf das Länderspieljahr 2017. Das Turnier mit acht Nationalmannschaften wird vom 17. Juni bis 2. Juli in vier russischen WM-Spielorten stattfinden
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Chicharito ties Mexico all-time scoring record with goal against Costa Rica

MEXICO CITY — Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez tied Mexico’s all-time record for goals scored Friday against Costa Rica.

The tally came in the seventhminute of the teams’ World Cup qualifier. It took Chicharito’s Mexico tally to 46, level withJared Borgetti for most goals for El Tri.

In one of Mexico’s first attacks, Carlos Vela turned and slipped a pass through to Chicharito coming from the left side, and the striker was able to beat Keylor Navas to the ball and open the scoring.

It was Chicharito’s seventh goal in World Cup qualification, while he also added 24 goals in friendly matches, seven in Gold Cups, three at the World Cup, three at the Confederations Cup, and one each in the CONCACAF Cupand the 2016 Copa America Centenario.

Record-tying Chicharito has place among Mexico greats

Twenty-threeof Borgetti’s came in World Cup qualification with only nine in friendly matches. He had two each in the Copa America and the World Cup along with three Confederations Cup goals and seven strikes in the Gold Cup.

Chicharito matchedBorgetti’s pace, scoring in 89 games while Borgetti did the same, ending his Mexico career with 89 caps.

Mexico would go on to win the Hexagonal match 2-0 over the Ticos after Nestor Araujo added a goal just before halftime.

Cristiano has been fighting for the Ballon D'Or for 10 years, scoring 50 goals per season.
I wish him the best of luck for Russia (Confederations Cup) because it will not be easy.

However, we are talking about an extraterrestrial. I don’t know how he can sustain for so many years being the best in the world.

Cristiano is a team player, but he is 60% of the Portuguese team. He does everything.

Also, the success is thanks to his coach. I’m a fan of Fernando Santos. He made Portugal a global (football) power.

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- Roberto Carlos

German football clubs oppose Confed Cup participation

Berlin, March 24 (IANS) Germany’s football team head coach Joachim Loew is facing a difficult year which could affect his preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Loew seems to be trapped in a difficult situation as he on one hand has to select a competitive team for this summer’s 2017 Confederations Cup, and at the same time prepare his talented youngsters for the European Under-21 Championship in Poland mid-June 2017.


What makes Loew’s job tricky is that the Bundesliga clubs want a break from international duty during summer, reports Xinhua news agency.

World Cup winners like Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Thomas Mueller and Manuel Neuer, all from Bayern Munich, will most likely get a break during the Confederations Cup duing June 17-July 2. Younger talents like Julian Weigl, Andre Schuerrle, Gonzalo Castro and Marco Reus will most likely have to fill the gap, as will several younger team members.

Several club officials, such as Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, are insisting on time off for their employees between the 2016 European Championship and the 2018 World Cup.

Watzke see no point in playing the Confed Cup, calling it a “low value competition”.

“Nobody would be sad if the tournament was cancelled,” he said while Schalke 04 manager Christian Heidel called the event a “redundant competition”.

Bayer Leverkusen managing director Rudi Voeller has already met national team manager Oliver Bierhoff to express the club’s concern.

Heidel urged Loew and the association’s officials to not only consider the strain and stress for senior team members but for the youngsters as well.

Watzke is on the alert because he feels more Bayern Munich players will get a break and rumours around his club accuse Loew of giving the Bundesliga top dogs a bonus.

The Bundesliga managers are demanding a solution that recognises the clubs’ worries, but first of all there has to be a meeting between the parties involved.

At the same time, Loew does not want to risk picking a side could be an embarrassment.

In contrast to the clubs, Loew and the German association regard the youngsters as resistant enough to withstand an energy-sapping tournament.

Loew’s original intention was to carry out a certain restructure phase for his team as several of his key figures have all retired from the international stage.

With regulars are sure of their places, players such as Julian Draxler are all battling for time on the pitch.

The England game showed Germany’s young hopefuls just how long the way is before they can become top international players.

For at least 45 minutes, the new-look England were the more mature and better team.

Loew said it is one of his main tasks to develop young players for the international stage. He also stressed the need for patience as his team delivered a performance far from satisfying.

The focus however changes this Sunday as the German national team faces Azerbaijan in its next World Cup qualifier in Baku.

–IANS

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