Corona vortex on the national soccer team. As the German Football Association (DFB) announced on Tuesday morning (November 9th, 2021), one player tested positive. The team training scheduled for 11 a.m. in Wolfsburg was canceled by national coach Hansi Flick. Instead, there should be individual units for the DFB stars in the hotel in the Autostadt, it said. It was not known which player it was. The victim, who is fully vaccinated and currently symptom-free, was immediately isolated.
Contact persons in quarantine
In addition to him, on the instructions of the health department, four other players who were classified as Category 1 contacts despite negative tests in the context of contact tracing, must be quarantined in the quarters of the DFB team.
The national team will play their last home game in the World Cup qualification against Liechtenstein on Thursday in Wolfsburg. Then there is the game against Armenia in Yerevan on Sunday. To what extent the playing of these games could be endangered initially remained open.
Bierhoff: “Very bitter”
“This news is very bitter so shortly before the final two games in World Cup qualification – for the coaching team as well as for the entire team. But health comes first, of course. I wish the player who tested positive a speedy recovery and that he remains symptom-free” said Oliver Bierhoff, director of national teams and academy.
Baku and Arnold should come
The two Wolfsburg players Ridle Baku and Maximilian Arnold are to be nominated according to the “Bild” newspaper. The DFB initially did not confirm the personal details. Baku (23) has played two international matches so far. Arnold (27) had previously been used in the DFB jersey – in May 2014 in a 0-0 draw against Poland.
No information yet
The national team has already qualified for the World Cup. The DFB did not initially provide detailed information on the rest of the day. A press conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. It was still open whether this would take place and who would take part. Most recently, the statement by Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich that he was not vaccinated caused heated public discussions about the role model function of national soccer players in the Corona crisis.
Stand: 09.11.2021, 10:40