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Algarve Cup

12 Bayern players feature on international duty

FC Bayern willl have 12 players representing the club on the international stage at the Algarve Cup, Cyprus Cup and Istria Cup. All tournaments will take place between March 4-11 as preparation for the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada this summer (June 6 - July 5) where FC Bayern will also be heavily represented. 

Algarve Cup

The most notable tournament of the three is the Algarve Cup taking place in Portugal. In the three-group format, he two best group winners will face off in the final. In Group A, Melanie Leupolz, Leonie Maier and the German national team will face powerhouse nations of Sweden, Brazil and China. FCB captain Melanie Behringer had some late injury concerns and had to stay home along with the still-recovering Lena Lotzen, but all three matches are sure to be a great test for the big tournament in the summer.

Germany's games are as follows:

Wednesday, March 4 @ 11:00 am EST: Germany vs Sweden

Friday, March 6 @ 8:00 am EST: Germany vs China

Monday, March 9 @ 11:30 am EST: Germany vs Brazil

More FCB players will feature in the other groups with Vanessa Burki and Carolin Abbe's Switzerland facing Norway, Iceland and powerhouse United States. FCB defender and Norway veteran Nora Holstad too will have to sit this tournament out while still recovering from a leg injury. In Group C, Japan will be without FCB playmaker Mana Iwabuchi as they take on France, Denmark and Portugal.

Cyprus Cup

FC Bayern's two Italians, Raffaella Manieri and Katja Schroffenegger will take on South Korea, Scottland and World Cup hosts Canada in Group A. Meanwhile, over in Group B, FCB goalkeeper Tinja Korpela and Finnland will face teammate Vivianne Miedema and the Netherlands. Also featuring in Group B will be World Cup participants England and Australia. Similar to the Algarve Cup, the winners of Group A and Group B will play in the tournament final.

Istria Cup

The newest of the three tournaments, the Istria Cup in Croatia also features FCB talent in Austrians Viktoria Schnaderbeck, Manu Zinsberger and Carina Wenninger who returns after a long absence due to injury. Usual international Laura Feiersinger is missing out while recovering from injury back in Munich.