The German national team meet Argentina this Wednesday in one of the classic rivalries of modern-day football (Wednesday, 8.45 P.M.). The German coaching staff, represented by assistant coach Andreas Köpke, announced at a media conference on Monday, that Bayer Leverkusen’s Rene Adler is nominated as the starting goalkeeper.
“In the race for the number one spot, Rene Adler currently has the edge”, said Köpke. “He had excellent performances in every game we put him in the goal. To have him play against Argentina, was not a difficult decision.”
Following the team’s breakfast, Joachim Löw had informed Adler during a brief meeting in the head coach’s office. Adler’s nomination can be interpreted as more than a hint for things to come. If he continues to play convincingly, he’ll be the starter in South Africa.
Köpke emphasized, however, that this nomination is not a final veto against Manuel Neuer (Schalke 04) and Tim Wiese (Werder Bremen). But he also said: “Playing time is a precious opportunity, that the others don’t have right now.”
Rene Adler said: “I feel good about this nomination, especially considering the magnitude of the game. It’s great to play against some of the best players in the world.”…
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