Bayern stars prepare for top tournaments
The club football season is over, but the FC Bayern players still have big goals for the summer. At the UEFA Euros (11 June - 11 July) and the CONCACAF Gold Cup (2 July - 2 August, CEST), the continental championship for North America, Central America and the Caribbean, numerous Munich players will be fighting for their next title. Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernández, Alphonso Davies & Co. and their national teams are preparing for these tournaments at the moment. fcbayern.com reveals who is playing where and when.
Euro title in sight
"In the end, I want to come home with the really big success and win the title," Leroy Sané declared, explaining his aim for the European Championship to ARD sports show. That is why the winger has been preparing since Friday (28 May) with six Bayern colleagues (Leon Goretzka will be arriving later due to a torn muscle) and the rest of the Germany national team at the training camp in Seefeld (Austria). On 8 June, the DFB team will move into their base in Herzogenaurach, before the 2014 world champions start the tournament on 15 June with the game against France.
The reigning world champions have been in the French performance centre in Clairefontaine since Wednesday (26 May), aiming to start the tournament well prepared for the duel against Germany. In Hernández, Benjamin Pavard, Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso, there are four Bayern players in the squad of the 2016 European Championship finalists.
The Austrian national team and David Alaba also start this Friday with their first sessions in the training camp in Bad Tatzmannsdorf. On 8 June, Alaba will take the baton from his Bayern colleagues from the DFB when the ÖFB moves into their tournament quarters in Seefeld. The Alpine nation will meet North Macedonia in their first match on 13 June. Meanwhile the world's best footballer Robert Lewandowski has set up training camp in Opalenica with the Polish national team. Like all other European representatives, Poland will play two friendly matches before they start the European Championship against Slovakia on 14 June.
The friendlies at a glanceGermany (Süle, Kimmich, Neuer, Goretzka, Gnabry, Sané, Musiala, Müller)
02.06.: Germany – Denmark, 21:00 CEST, Innsbruck
07.06.: Germany – Latvia, 20:45 CEST, Düsseldorf
02.06.: France – Wales, 21:05 CEST, Nice
08.06.: France – Bulgaria, 21:10 CEST, Saint-Denis
02.06.: England – Austria, 21:00 CEST, Middlesbrough
06.06.: Austria – Slovakia, 17:30 CEST, Vienna
01.06.: Poland – Russia, 20:45 CEST, Breslau
08.06.: Poland – Iceland, 18 CEST, Poznan
Davies: World Cup qualifying, then Gold Cup
There are two big goals for Alphonso Davies this summer. First, the 20-year-old wants to take two more important steps in qualifying for the World Cup for Qatar in 2022 against Aruba (6 June) and Suriname (9 June). So far, the Canadians are leading their group with maximum points, but Suriname are lurking in second with the same tally. Only the group winner will advance one round. On 12 July, Davies & Co. will play their first group game in the Gold Cup against Martinique. They will also play the USA (18 July) with the FCB youngsters Justin Che and Chris Richards.
Manuel Neuer spoke about the upcoming Euros in an interview: