U21 and kuntz in em anticipation even without “mad party

U21 and kuntz in em anticipation even without 'mad party

When stefan kuntz was asked about the approaching relaxed days after the U21 team was drawn for the european championship, the national coach had to laugh heartily.

“I won”t be bored,” said the 58-year-old, who, in addition to planning for the olympics, can now finally tackle preparations for next year”s european championship finals in slovenia and hungary. “I”m most happy that the boys can compete with top talent of the same age from all over europe,” said kuntz.

With a 2-1 win in their final european championship qualifier against wales, the runners-up in their group secured their place in the european soccer championships with a preliminary round on 24. Through 31. March and the possible final round on 31 march. May to 6. June. The squad led by goalscorers lukas nmecha (RSC anderlecht) and jonathan burkardt (FSV mainz 05) was unable to celebrate the u21s” fifth successive appearance at the tournament. "The guys have games again this weekend," kuntz said and laughed. "It”s not going to be a crazy party – probably with lots of tofu."

The dense match calendar is also a rough challenge for kuntz. He doesn”t have any more preparation games before the final round, and there”s no time for a training camp either. He hopes the league will keep the U21 requirements in mind when planning next year”s schedule.

For his "boys" that is still a long way off. Bielefeld’s amos pieper described his anticipation of the european championship as "unbelievably cool, unbelievably already," while ridle baku, now a one-time senior international, pointed to the qualities of the 2017 european champions. "We have a very strong squad," said wolfsburg’s.

But is that enough against major european soccer nations?? Like germany, italy, france, spain or england were also confirmed as group winners on tuesday evening. The netherlands also performed strongly in the qualifiers. "Basically, i would like to see the top teams, because then the boys can show whether they are different from them. Or whether they have other qualities that are perhaps not so important, but in the end are responsible for the team’s success," said kuntz.

The team’s frame of mind is in place. Baku, the injured nico schlotterbeck (union berlin), niklas dorsch (KAA gent), salih ozcan (1. FC koln), arne maier (arminia bielefeld), nmecha or mergim berisha (RB salzburg) are earmarked as studs. Several tested players will also have a chance to play. "15 new players have been added in the last four games. I don’t rule out the possibility of boys playing their way into the foreground again," said the 1996 european champion, "and I hope that I can negotiate with jogi about ridle."

German coach joachim low helps decide the squad of players for the european under-21 championship. From the current U21 lineup, however, no player emerges who could immediately become a regular in the low team presented by spain on tuesday evening.

"The senior national team is like our favorite child, and when that falters a little bit, everyone gets nervous," kuntz said. When he was asked before kickoff on prosieben maxx uber the future of low and possible successors as sympathietrager, he countered this firmly. "We have an awesome national coach," kuntz said. "We don’t need a coach who has sympathies, we need a good coach. We have him – 100 percent."

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