Created on 31-08-2015 at 12:55 PM
A large number of the Bayern stars are away from the club for the next ten or so days due to the first round of international fixtures of the new season, including some crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers. fcbayern.de surveys the calendar from a Munich point of view.
Manuel Neuer, Jérôme Boateng, Mario Götze, Thomas Müller
Germany play two immensely important Euro 2016 qualifying fixtures. The world champions, on 13 points, welcome Group D leaders Poland (14) to Frankfurt on Friday 4 September (20:45 CET). Victory would see Neuer & Co leapfrog the Poles at the top of the section. Joachim Löw’s men then travel to Glasgow for the meeting with Scotland (11 points) on Monday 7 September (20:45 CET).
Poland and their captain Lewandowski would take a giant stride towards the finals in France if they beat the Germans at the Commerzbank Arena. The East Europeans will then be overwhelming favourites to take another three points against last-placed Gibraltar (0 points) in Warsaw three days later.
Austria and Alaba have five wins and a draw from six games so far and are top of Group G on 16 points. They can tighten their grip on the section with a home win over bottom nation Moldova in Vienna on Saturday evening. Alaba & Co travel to Solna the following Tuesday for the clash with second-placed Sweden (12 points).
The Dutch and newly-appointed captain Robben have only 10 points in Group A so far and urgently need good results on Thursday at home to leaders Iceland (15 points) in Amsterdam and three days later against Turkey (8 points) in Konya. “It’s do or die time. We have to win both games,” declared Robben, although the winger remains optimistic. “I’m very confident we can do it.”
Spain lie second in Group C on 15 points, three off leaders Slovakia, winners of all six of their matches so far. The teams go head-to-head on 5 September in Oviedo, where victory would see the Spanish go top. The Iberians then play Macedonia (3 points) in Skopje three days later. Thiago is still on leave from the national team following his long spell on the sidelines with injury.
Brazil can take a relatively relaxed approach to their programme as A Seleção play friendlies on a US tour against Costa Rica (5 September in Harrison) and USA (8 September in Foxborough). The matches are a final warm-up prior to the start of South American 2018 World Cup qualifying in October.
The Germany U-21s open the season running up to the Olympics in Rio with a friendly against Denmark in Lübeck on Thursday. Kimmich & Co then contest their first qualifier for the 2017 U-21 Euro in Poland, travelling to Baku to face Azerbaijan on 8 September.
Bayern’s most recent signing goes in search of points straight away when the France U-21s meet their Icelandic counterparts in Kopavogur on Saturday. Coman and his team-mates then play a prestige friendly against Brazil in Le Mans on Tuesday.