Created on 03-06-2013 at 00:00 AM
The treble is in the bag and the celebrations are over at Bayern, but for a fair number of Munich's trophy-winning heroes, there is still work to be done this term and a well-earned summer break is a few days away yet. Eleven members of the current squad have been called up by their national teams and have match commitments before the 2012/13 season can finally be declared over.
The holidays are furthest off for Javi Martinez, Dante and Luiz Gustavo. The trio are in action at the Confederations Cup from 15 to 30 June, the tournament which acts as a dry run for the World Cup, in this case the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The FCB threesome have warm-up friendlies in advance of the group stage: Martinez and reigning world and European champions Spain meet Haiti in Miami on 8 June, and Ireland in New York three days later. The Brazilian pair face France in Porto Alegre on 9 June. Franck Ribéry has been excused duty with Les Bleus on this occasion.
Emre Can also has a tournament to contest, as he represents Germany U-21 at the European championship in Israel from 5 to 18 June. However, the Bayern man clocking up the most air miles will be Arjen Robben, as the Netherlands are on tour in the Far East. Louis van Gaal's team play Indonesia in Jakarta on 7 June, before meeting China in Beijing four days later.
Bayern's other internationals are battling for vital 2014 World Cup qualifying points. In European Group A, the head-to-head race between Belgium and Daniel van Buyten, and Croatia with Mario Mandzukic, goes into the next round. The teams are joint leaders of the section on 16 points apiece. The Belgians face Serbia in Brussels on 7 June, with the Croats at home to Scotland in Zagreb. Three days later, Croatia play a friendly against Portugal in Geneva.
Elsewhere, David Alaba is in action in Group C, where Austria have eight points and are second behind Germany (16 points). In what is effectively an eliminator for the runners-up spot in Vienna on 7 June, Alaba and Co entertain Sweden, third in the section on goal difference. By contrast, Xherdan Shaqiri and Switzerland are going well at the top of Group E, and will be looking for all three points away to fifth-placed Cyprus on 8 June.
Ukraine and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk have made heavy weather of qualifying for Brazil 2014 so far, as they lie fourth in Group H on eight points. A win is a must for Tymo and his team-mates when they visit leaders Montenegro this coming Friday.
Over in South America, Claudio Pizarro and Peru have two vital qualifiers. The Peruvians are at home to Ecuador in Lima on 7 June, before the side currently lying seventh in the standings travel to face Colombia in Barranquilla.