Euro 2024: Latest Updates on the German Football Championship

Euro 2024: Latest Updates on the German Football Championship

The European Football Championship is taking place in Germany. In our news ticker you will find all the important news about the tournament.

The most important things at a glance

Millions in prize money for European Championship title: record bonus for DFB stars

Winning the European Football Championship would bring every German player a record bonus of 400,000 euros. In negotiations with the players’ council led by captain İlkay Gündoğan, the DFB agreed to base the bonus on the sums from previous major tournaments.

DFB managing director Andreas Rettig responded to a dpa query on Thursday: “There will be no change in the performance-related tournament bonuses compared to the 2021 European Championship and the 2022 World Cup.” And he continued: “We already agreed on this with the players’ council last year.”

Winning the title would therefore cost the German Football Association a total of 10.4 million euros with up to 26 squad players. That’s a lot of money. But in the best case scenario, UEFA will also pay the new European champions up to 28.25 million euros in bonuses. The starting bonus alone amounts to 9.25 million euros for each of the 24 participants.

BVB professional not in the Netherlands’ final European Championship squad

Dutch national coach Ronald Koeman has named five Bundesliga pros, including right winger Jeremie Frimpong from double winner Bayer Leverkusen, in his squad for the European Football Championship in Germany. However, Ian Maatsen, who is on loan to Borussia Dortmund and was still in the extended team, did not make the squad.

Ian Maatsen (left) with BVB teammate Jadon Sancho: The Dutchman will not be taking part in the European Championship. (Source: IMAGO/Weis/TEAM2sportphoto/imago-images-bilder)

“I spoke to him on Facetime on Wednesday morning. Ian was obviously very disappointed,” Koeman said of Maatsen, who has not yet played a senior international match: “We have many equally good players in this position.”

Koeman, who won the European Championship with Oranje in Germany in 1988, is relying on defender Matthijs de Ligt (Bayern Munich), Maatsen’s Dortmund teammate Donyell Malen, Xavi Simons (RB Leipzig) and Wout Weghorst (TSG Hoffenheim) in the fight for the second title, alongside Frimpong. Mark Flekken, Daley Blind, Micky van de Ven, Brian Brobbey and Ryan Gravenberch are five other players with Bundesliga experience.

New individual training in the fitness tent

DFB goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has started training with the national team. The Bayern goalkeeper initially started with exercises in the fitness tent next to the training pitch.

Neuer arrived at the European Championship training camp in Thuringia on Tuesday two days late after suffering from a gastrointestinal infection. The goalkeeper training was initially carried out by Oliver Baumann from TSG Hoffenheim and Alexander Nübel from VfB Stuttgart.

Neuer is set to make his DFB comeback on Monday in the European Championship test against Ukraine in Nuremberg after one and a half years. National coach Nagelsmann has earmarked him as number one for the home tournament.

The recently injured Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala and Aleksandar Pavlović, however, took part in regular training in Blankenhain this morning.

Unannounced doping control at the DFB

Surprise visit for the German national team: On Tuesday evening, inspectors from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) dropped by unannounced at the European Championship training camp in Blankenhain, Thuringia. The German Football Association (DFB) announced this on Wednesday.

A total of ten national players were tested as part of a training control. All players had to provide urine samples, and some also had blood samples taken. The team of national coach Julian Nagelsmann is preparing for the home European Championships (June 14 to July 14) in Weimarer Land until Friday. Then they will move to partner Adidas in Herzogenaurach.

Manuel Neuer joins DFB team

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has arrived at the national team’s training camp after recovering from a gastrointestinal infection. The DFB announced this on Tuesday evening in Blankenhain. The 38-year-old Neuer had missed the start of the European Championship preparations in Thuringia because of “the minor infection”, as national coach Julian Nagelsmann classified the illness.

2024-05-30 16:56:36
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