European Championship national team
These could be the German EM opponents
Status: 20.11.2023 | Reading time: 2 minutes
By Laura Wolf
News & Society Editor
“A big pinch of disappointment” – 2:3 against Türkiye in Nagelsmann’s home premiere
National coach Julian Nagelsmann criticized the attitude of the national soccer team after the 2-3 defeat against Turkey on his home debut. “We didn’t have the emotionality in all positions,” said the DFB head coach. WELT reporter Dirk Schommertz recaps the international match.
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The German national team is set to head the group at the home European Championships. Nevertheless, Julian Nagelsmann’s team faces unpleasant opponents in the preliminary round. This doesn’t just include the Netherlands.
The German national team loses 2:3 against Turkey and, with its first defeat under national coach Julian Nagelsmann, puts a bitter damper on the European Championship mood. The Turks could also be opponents of the DFB team at the European Championship, which begins on June 14th with the opening game in Munich.
Germany avoids the big names in the preliminary round because the team, as hosts, is in the first draw pot. Along with Germany, Portugal, France, Spain and Belgium are also in the first draw for the European Championship ceremony on December 2nd in Hamburg. And England will also probably be in the game after the game against North Macedonia Land favorite pot. Germany is in first place as the head of Group A.
Ilkay Gündogan is supposed to lead the German national team onto the field at the home European Championship
Source: dpa/Robert Michael
Nevertheless, Nagelsmann’s team could face a complicated group. The Netherlands and defending champions Italy can still be early competitors for the DFB team. Both don’t even make it into the second best pot. Italy is even one point short of direct qualification. They could get it on Monday in the game against Ukraine in Leverkusen. Otherwise, the only route left for the reigning European champions is through the playoffs.
In addition to the strong teams from Croatia and Turkey, the German team could also soon see Austria’s team coached by Ralf Rangnick again. The team ends up in Pot 2 as the best runner-up in the group. The big test for this will take place on Tuesday. The international match in Vienna (8:45 p.m., in the WELT live ticker) will show who has the better chances in the summer.
After the defeat against Turkey it is also clear: It is not just the big favorite teams that can pose a threat to the German team.
This is what the pots for the draw could look like
Pot 1: Germany, Portugal, France, Belgium, England, Spain
Pot 2: Hungary, Türkiye, Denmark, Albania, Romania, Austria
Pot 3: Scotland, Netherlands, Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
Pot 4: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Playoff A, Playoff B, Playoff C