Germany meets Colombia in final World Cup test
20 January 2006, HAMBURG - Hosts Germany will play their final World Cup tuneup match against Colombia, the German football federation DFB said on Friday.
20 January 2006
HAMBURG - Hosts Germany will play their final World Cup tuneup match against Colombia, the German football federation DFB said on Friday.
The game is to take place on June 2 in Moenchengladbach.
"We are happy that our final test will be against a strong team from South America. The game against Colombia is a good test ahead of our group games, especially for that against Ecuador," coach Juergen Klinsmann was quoted as saying in a DFB press release.
Germany play the opening match of the World Cup on June 9 against Costa Rica, with Poland and Ecuador their other opponents in group A.
The match with Colombia, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, comes after earlier tuneup games against Italy (March 1), United States (March 22) and Japan (May 30).
The German World Cup candidates will gather for the first time on January 30 and 31 in Dusseldorf for another fitness test and to be prepared for the big task in summer by Klinsmann and his staff.
"We will tell the players what they will face in the World Cup year. I expect every national team member to work fully concentrated for the World Cup and to make every effort to get himself into the best shape," said Klinsmann.
Meanwhile Ecuador coach Luis Fernando Suarez said he is not impressed with World Cup hosts Germany, saying their group stage opponents play ruthless rather than brilliant football.
"The Germans play like large tanks, running over everything that gets in their way," Suarez told the Premiere Pay TV network in a report made available ahead of Sunday's broadcast.
"They play realistic and efficient. They are destroyers, like in a war," he said.
Germany and Ecuador will play in the final group A game on June 20 in Berlin. The other teams in the group are Costa Rica and Poland.
Subject: German news