The world championship starts in a few days. You can read all information about the tournament here in the news blog.
The most important things at a glance
Last World Cup test without Müller and Rüdiger
The sick Thomas Müller and Antonio Rüdiger miss the dress rehearsal of the national team for the World Cup in Oman. National coach Hansi Flick ruled out the duo on Wednesday (6 p.m. in the live ticker on t-online) at the Sultan Kabus Stadium in Muscat. “We see it from day to day. We assume that they will train with the team minus four on match day,” said Flick on Tuesday evening after the last training session for the DFB team, in which the regulars could not participate.
Müller and Rüdiger should be able to practice with the team again on Saturday. The following Wednesday, the DFB selection will play their first group match in Qatar against Japan. Müller and Rüdiger have not played for FC Bayern and Real Madrid lately due to muscle and hip problems.
Flick left open whether Mario Götze will play for Germany again in Oman after a five-year break. The national coach referred to the many performances of the 30-year-old for Eintracht Frankfurt. Götze also did not train with the team on Tuesday to keep the load under control.
German striker Moukoko is the youngest player at the World Cup
The German national team already has a record at the World Cup in Qatar: Youssoufa Moukoko from Dortmund is the youngest player of the tournament at 17 years old. The young star turns 18 on November 20, the day of the opening match.
The second youngest player in the German squad is Jamal Musiala, who is 19 years old. The oldest player in the final represents Mexico: Alfredo Talavera is a goalkeeper and is 40 years old.
Neuer as an advertising figure in Qatar
Manuel Neuer can already be seen in Qatar. The DFB captain is larger than life and as an advertising figure for the Football World Cup on a high facade in the capital Doha in a jubilant pose that is typical of him. The huge inscription: “Tal__________ent” runs the entire height of the body.
In English this refers to goalkeeping skills and not age as is common in German. After all, the Bayern goalkeeper is playing his fourth World Cup for the national team. He has played 16 matches since his tournament debut in South Africa in 2010. At the age of 36, he has long since reached the advanced age of a footballer.
Infantino proposes a ceasefire in Ukraine
FIFA president Gianni Infantino has proposed a month-long ceasefire in the war between Russia and Ukraine during the World Cup.
Speaking at the G20 Summit of Major Industrialized and Emerging Countries in Bali on Tuesday, Infantino suggested that from the start of the World Cup on Sunday until the finals on December 18, there should be a silence. “We are not naive and think that football can solve the world’s problems,” said the 52-year-old. But the World Cup could be “an occasion for a positive gesture or a sign”.
He appealed to the summit participants – in addition to numerous heads of state and government such as US President Joe Biden and Chancellor Olaf Scholz, as well as Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov – saying: “You are the leaders of the world. have the ability to influence the course of history.” Infantino added: “My request to all of you is to consider a one-month temporary ceasefire for the duration of the World Cup. Or at least the introduction of humanitarian corridors or anything else that will lead to the resumption of dialogue.”
What is remarkable about Infantino’s statements is that FIFA actually presents itself as a non-political body. For example, she recently banned the Danish national team’s warm-up shirts, which should bear the inscription “Human rights for all”.
Report: superstar Neymar missed first training session in Brazil
Neymar is already causing a stir before the start of the tournament. As reported by “Sport Bild”, the Brazilian superstar missed the first training session with the “Seleção”. The World Cup squad met in Italy on Monday at 1 p.m. for a short training camp. The first practice was then scheduled for 4 p.m., but coach Tite had only 24 of his 26 chosen players available.