Qualification for the European Championship: Germany starts against the Netherlands - all appointments at a glance - EXPRESS

Dublin –

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Joachim Löw smiled briefly to Oliver Bierhoff, then grabbed the trainer at his pen and noted the archival: the national football team is preparing for the final of the European Championships in 2020 with the "big" piece to do . In addition, the four-time world champion and three times European in qualifying for the first pan European championship in Group C meets Northern Ireland, Estonia and Belarus. This resulted in the draw Sunday at the Dublin Convention Center.

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On March 24, the DFB team must go against the Netherlands.

"The group is normally difficult, I would say, the Netherlands and Germany are the favorites – it should be enough for both," Löw said. The same applies to DFB president Reinhard Grindel: "The Netherlands is certainly the touchstone, but in the face of this group, you have to qualify." The bond manager Ronald Koeman did not expect "the Germans": "I'm not happy, but the Germans are certainly not happy, it will be a hard fight."

After relegation from the League of Nations, the German team was not set, the lot with the selection of the German Football Federation (DFB) was only in the pot 2. The four teams of the League of Nations pot with the winners of the A-League form the group heads from A to D.

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The remaining six best seed teams form the group leaders from E to J. The 2014 world champion was only one of many teams. Finally, the Germans are only 16th in the world rankings – worse was the selection of last year's DFB in the year of the 2004 EM disaster.

"Obviously we would have liked a different constellation for the draw," Löw had said before the trip to the green island. However, the 58 year old was confident: "I do not see the start of next year, we have a team with good prospects, we will qualify for the European Championship." The weakest record in 111 years of international history and the "slap" "(Löw) in the impeccable preliminary blame at the World Cup finals in Russia should finally be reset.

The finals of the European Championship will be held for the first time on the continent from 12 June to 12 July 2020. It is played in twelve host cities, for Germany Monaco has three group matches and a quarter-final. The final and the two semi-finals will be played at the Wembley stadium in London.

Grindel requires sovereign qualification

The president of the DFB left no doubt as to what he asked of Löw during the final round. "I expect a sovereign qualification for EURO 2020, this is the goal for 2019," said Reinhard Grindel. In addition, the boss of the DFB asked "that we continue the change in a consistent manner, that the changed face that we have shown in the games only in the League of Nations, to a new image of the team".

The qualification will be played in five days double-entry in March, June, September, October and November. All the winners of the group and the second classified qualify, giving away 20 of the 24 tickets of the European championship. The draw for the groups of the European Championship will take place on 1 December 2019, although the four starters who will be determined through the play-offs (from 26 to 31 March 2020) have yet to be determined.

Many special rules

There were many restrictions on the draw. Therefore, a maximum of two EM host countries could be solved in a single group. Three combinations were excluded for political reasons (Gibraltar / Spain, Bosnia-Herzegovina / Kosovo and Kosovo / Serbia). A maximum of two of the ten countries with uncertain weather conditions in winter (Belarus, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Ukraine) were admitted into a group. Further restrictions have been applied to Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Iceland to avoid long travel distances.

Read the live ticker for the draw here:

(AP)

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