Created on 23-03-2015 at 13:41 PM
There was no official training session at the Säbener Strasse facility on Monday, but almost half the first-team squad were in any case headed away from Munich due to the first round of international fixtures in 2015. Arjen Robben and Claudio Pizarro have both been forced to withdraw from their national squads due to injury, but ten Bayern stars and two of the club's most promising juniors are still representing their countries over the next week and a half. fcbayern.de has checked out who is playing where and when:
Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber
Six FCB men are in the Germany squad and will be captained by new skipper Schweinsteiger for the first time since last summer’s World Cup triumph. “Having him back is a big bonus,” said coach Joachim Löw. However, the spotlight is likely to fall on Badstuber, now fit again after a long injury lay-off and in line for a first Germany appearance since a 4-4 draw with Sweden on 16 October 2012.
Germany’s first game is a friendly against Australia in Kaiserslautern on Wednesday, before a crunch EURO 2016 qualifier away to Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday 29 March. The Germans urgently need a victory after winning only two of their first four qualifiers, leaving them three points off Group D leaders Poland and level on points with Scotland and Ireland.
The Poles and captain Lewandowski have just one fixture, the Group D meeting away to pursuers Ireland in Dublin on Sunday 29 March.
In Group C, second-placed Spain are at home in Seville against Ukraine, who are level on points in third. The pair are three points off leaders Slovenia. Two days later on 31 March the Spanish travel to Amsterdam for a friendly meeting with the Netherlands.
Undefeated Group G leaders Austria will be looking for three more points on Friday 27 March when they travel to face minnows Liechtenstein in Vaduz. The team coached by Marcell Koller are currently four points clear of Sweden. On 31 March, Alaba & Co face Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly in Vienna.
Benatia and his Morocco team-mates contest a single friendly, a prestige meeting with South American giants Uruguay in Agadir on Saturday 28 March.
Gianluca Gaudino, Marco Hingerl
The talented FCB youngsters and the Germany U-19s are focused on a crucial European Championship qualifying tournament. Coach Marcus Sorg’s team face Slovakia in Mannheim on 26 March, Ireland in Sandhausen on 28 March and the Czech Republic in Walldorf on 31 March. Only the group winners qualify for the European Championship finals in Greece from 6 to 19 July 2015.