Created on 27-02-2012 at 00:00 AM
On Wednesday, exactly 100 days prior to the opening match at Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, the world's national teams are in action for the first time this year. As always, more than half the Bayern squad will be away from Munich as of Monday, as the stars join up with their national squads for the round of friendlies. fcbayern.de checks the players’ schedules.
Arguably the biggest clash in midweek sees Germany take on France in a prestige friendly in Bremen. Bayern men Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Thomas Müller, Tony Kroos and Mario Gomez go head-to-head with FCB team-mate Franck Ribéry.
Lahm ruled out
However, the Germans are without their captain, as Bayern skipper Philipp Lahm is suffering from swelling in his right knee, and has been instructed to remain in Munich for treatment by FCB and Germany chief medical officer Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt. It is a purely precautionary measure, as Lahm was able to complete Sunday's Bundesliga victory over Schalke for his club.
World Cup runners-up the Netherlands, one of Germany's group opponents in Poland and Ukraine, also face a stern test of their credentials on Wednesday. Arjen Robben and his team-mates play a rejuvenated England at Wembley. Elsewhere, David Alaba and Austria are at home to fast-improving Finland in Klagenfurt.
Tymo to Tel Aviv
Croatia also play in front of their home crowd, with Ivica Olic and Danijel Pranjic both in the East Europeans’ squad for the meeting with Sweden in Zagreb. The man with the furthest to travel is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, who visits Israel with Ukraine for a friendly in Tel Aviv. Of Bayern's other current internationals, Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger and Daniel van Buyten of Belgium are both sidelined with injury.