6.10.2020Bayer 04

Internationals: Former teammates meet up in Cologne

The Bayer 04 international players have joined their national squads to prepare for the forthcoming matches. While a quartet headed off to South America, a Werkself duo trained with Germany just a few kilometres away from Leverkusen.

Germany coach Joachim Löw welcomed 14 of his 28-man squad the training session at the Stadium of fourth division Fortuna Köln on Monday. With Nadiem Amiri and Jonathan Tah in the squad, the 60-year-old started preparing his players for the friendly against Turkey in Cologne on Wednesday, 7 October (kick-off: 20.45 CEST). Several current and former Werkself players could be in the Germany starting line-up for this clash: In addition to Tah and Amiri, Bernd Leno (Arsenal), Benjamin Henrichs (Leipzig), Julian Brandt (Dortmund) and Kai Havertz (Chelsea) can all hope to play - and they could be up against another former Leverkusen player in Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan).

Schick and Diaby: Duo out injured

14 other Werkself players have been called up in addition to Amiri and Tah. While the Greece international Panos Retsos joined St Etienne on loan on deadline day, two Black and Red players miss out through injury: Patrik Schick (Czech Republic) and Moussa Diaby (France U21s) both suffered injury in the 1-1 draw at Stuttgart and are now working on their comebacks at the ‘Werkstatt’ in Leverkusen.

Bayer 04 captain Charles Aránguiz and new signing Santiago Arias face each other with their national sides in South America. Chile and Colombia meet in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday morning at 02.30 CEST.

The players and fixtures:

Jonathan Tah and Nadiem Amiri (Germany):
Wednesday, 7 October (20.45 CEST/live on RTL): Germany v Turkey (Friendly)
Saturday, 10 October (20.45 CEST/live on ARD): Ukraine v Germany (UEFA Nations League)
Tuesday, 13. October (20.45 CEST/live on ARD): Germany v Switzerland (UEFA Nations League)

Aleksandar Dragovic and Julian Baumgartlinger (Austria):
Wednesday, 7 October (20.30 CEST/live on DAZN): Austria v Greece (Friendly)
Sunday, 11 October (20.45 CEST/live on DAZN): Northern Ireland v Austria (UEFA Nations League)
Wednesday, 14 October (20.45 CEST/live on DAZN): Romania v Austria (UEFA Nations League)

Lukas Hradecky (Finland):
Wednesday, 7 October (20.45 CEST/live on DAZN): Poland v Finland (Friendly)
Sunday, 11 October (18.00 CEST/live on DAZN): Finland v Bulgaria (UEFA Nations League)
Wednesday, 14 October (18.00 CEST/live on DAZN): Finland v Ireland (UEFA Nations League)

Tin Jedvaj (Croatia):
Wednesday, 7 October (20.45 CEST/live on DAZN): Switzerland v Croatia (Friendly)
Sunday, 11 October (18 .00 CEST/live on DAZN): Croatia v Sweden (UEFA Nations League)
Wednesday, 14 October (20.45 CEST/live on DAZN): Croatia v France (UEFA Nations League)

Lucas Alario and Exequiel Palacios (Argentina):
Friday, 9 October (02.10 CEST): Argentina v Ecuador (World Cup qualifier)
Tuesday, 13 October (22.00 CEST): Bolivia v Argentina (World Cup qualifier)

Charles Aránguiz (Chile):
Friday, 9 October (00.45 CEST): Uruguay v Chile (World Cup qualifier)
Tuesday, 14 October (02.30 CEST): Chile v Colombia (World Cup qualifier)

Santiago Arias (Colombia):
Saturday, 10 October (01.30 CEST): Colombia v Venezuela (World Cup qualifier)
Tuesday, 14 October (02.30 CEST): Chile v Colombia (World Cup qualifier)

Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso):
Friday, 9 October: Burkina Faso v Republic of the Congo (Friendly)
Monday, 12 October: Burkina Faso v Madagascar (Friendly)

Lennart Grill and Florian Wirtz (Germany U21):
Friday, 9 October (18.15 CEST/live on ProSieben MAXX): Moldova U21 v Germany U21 (Euro U21 qualifier)
Tuesday, 13 October (18.15 CEST/live on ProSieben MAXX): Germany U21 v Bosnia-Herzegovina U21 (Euro U21 qualifier)


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