Schweinsteiger stands in as captain in Dubai

German Football
By German Football June 1, 2009 05:47

Schweinsteiger stands in as captain in Dubai

In the absence of regular captain Michael Ballack, the experienced Bastian Schweinsteiger has been chosen as the national team skipper for the friendly match against Dubai tomorrow. Schweinsteiger was thrilled to take up the position of leading the national side. “When you get a chance to play for the national team, it doesn’t matter if it is Dubai, France or Alaska,” he said.

“I will be leading the team from the front. We need to be clever when we play the UAE. We must let the ball do all the running. As we experienced in the China match, I doubt this is going to be an easy outing for us,” noted the new captain.

With the heat and humidity playing a crucial role, Germany hope the ball will do the talking for them as they prepare to face hosts UAE in a friendly at the Al Nasr Club tomorrow.

“This match will be anything but easy for us considering the unusual heat and humidity at this part of the year here. The heat hits you really badly, but we will have to really cope with it and deliver a good brand of football,” Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the team told the media at an official press conference yesterday.

In addition, the former German star admitted that fatigue may play a crucial role in the outcome of the game.

“Our players have had a tough season and they are tired. But more than that, they are tired after this long trip between Germany, China and the UAE,” he stated.

Germany held out for a 1-1 draw in Shanghai against China last Friday and then took the next flight out to Dubai for the friendly against the UAE. “One of our missions is to take the team abroad and add better brand value to the national side. This is also an opportunity to bring together business and sport,” Bierhoff stated.

Despite the odds stacked against them, Bierhoff was confident his side would come up with a creditable performance.

“The temperature may not be too much of a problem, but the humidity would be an issue. Hopefully, our players will adapt the conditions in the next couple of days,” he added.

He further reiterated that the friendly is an apt chance for head coach Joachim Loew to bleed new faces into the squad. “With the World Cup one year away, this is correct time to start building a team for the future. Hence this match will be a true test for us. And with just 17 players at his disposal, the coach is on record that he is willing to give everyone a chance to play,” the German manager remarked.

[Gulf News]

German Football
By German Football June 1, 2009 05:47
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