After the UEFA decision for Munich as the venue, the German national team has completed its European Championship planning. The first tournament test will be played by national coach Joachim Löw against Denmark in Innsbruck on June 2nd. The DFB announced this after a presidium decision on Friday.
The Tivoli Stadium there would be the ideal venue “for logistical and organizational reasons”, as the national team would then be in the training camp in nearby Seefeld / Tyrol. “Unfortunately we cannot play in front of spectators during the preparation phase. In this respect, we use the proximity to Innsbruck to gain a little time for training and regeneration in the already short preparation due to the absence of travel activities,” said DFB Director Oliver Bierhoff .
Löw is expected to gather his squad from May 25th to June 6th in Seefeld. The EM dress rehearsal will take place on June 7th against Latvia in Düsseldorf. After two days off, the DFB team will move into their tournament quarters in the “World of Sports” on the premises of partner adidas in Herzogenaurach.
The “Home Ground” building complex there is about to be completed, said adidas spokesman Oliver Brüggen and emphasized: “We are in close contact with the DFB and will be a perfect host.”
In the EURO group F, the national team will meet world champion France on June 15th. On June 19, the duel with European champions Portugal will follow, and at the end of the preliminary round it will be against Hungary on June 23. All three group matches will take place in Munich.