The draw for the first knockout round of both the Champions League and Europa League have been conducted and here is a look at whom the German teams left in the competition have drawn. Interestingly, all four Bundesliga teams competing in the group stages qualified from their respective groups while Hoffenheim and Leverkusen also made it out of their Europa League groups. That’s six German sides still in the competition- the exception being Wolfsburg, who were eliminated in the EL playoffs.
Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka has often been vocal in his political views, and in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt (Welt am Sonntag) today (December 20, 2020), has criticised the country’s far-right leaning AfD party (Alternative for Germany/Alternative fur Deutschland)
Goretzka said for the AfD “Die AfD ist keine Alternative, sondern eine Schande für Deutschland“
Goretzka also said that their behaviour in the Coronavirus crisis had made it very clear to him what kind of party they were, and added that the AfD was supported by Holocaust revisionists & Corona deniers.
Goretzka talked about his meeting with Holocaust survivor Margot Friedlander in Berlin in November and said that Germans must ensure that “such a thing never happens again”
Goretzka quoted the legendary Fritz Walter, who said German national team players were effectively “foreign ministers” in shorts, and said footballers had to use their position to raise awareness on subjects like this.
The Welt paper carries the full Goretzka interview, but is behind a paywall online.
Here is a look at the player ratings for Bayern vs Lokomotiv in the Champions League on December 9, 2020. Bayern won the game 2:0, thus finishing the group stages unbeaten (16 points from 5 games). The goals for Bayern Munchen came from Sule and Choupo-Moting.
Here are the player ratings for FCB-Lokomotiv from the Bild newspaper. 1 is an excellent rating and 6 is bad. Leroy Sane very disappointing in Bild’s eyes, with Sule and Manuel Neuer the best in their eyes.
Borussia Dortmund sealed top spot in their group with a 2:1 win over Zenit St Petersburg in Russia. Driussi’s 16th minute goal put Zenit 1:0 ahead only for goals from Piszczek and Witsel to give BVB a come from behind win.
The 2:1 win for Dortmund, coupled with Lazio’s draw against Club Brugge, saw BVB finish top of Group F.
10,860 spectators were in attendance for this Zenit-Dortmund clash.
Player ratings here courtesy well known French paper L’Equipe- the likes of Passlack and Hazard were disappointing in their eyes.
Germany have been given a relatively easy World Cup qualifying group as per the draw conducted earlier today (December 7, 2020).
Which group are Germany in for 2022 World Cup qualifying?
Germany are in Group J for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers alongside Iceland, Romania, Liechtenstein, North Macedonia and Armenia.