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Lothar Matthews strongly criticized the American expedition

Lothar Matthews strongly criticized the American expedition

Clear words from Lothar Mathes (left). Photo: dpa/Christian Charisius

Clear words: Lothar Matthäus criticizes the further EM production of the DFB test – and makes several arguments in this regard.

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Lothar Matthäus has criticized the further EM preparation of the German national football team. “I don’t understand the trip to America – for various reasons,” said the record national player of Bild newspaper: “What do we want in America at this time?”

After internationals against Japan and France in Wolfsburg and Dortmund in September, Germany will fly to the 2026 World Cup co-hosts in October. There they will meet the USA in Hartford on October 14. Additionally, another fight with Mexico is scheduled to take place in Chicago.

“I don’t know why you are doing this”

Matthew would have planned otherwise. “I would have tried to create a good atmosphere in Germany before the European Championship. That’s why I will be in all ten European Championship stadiums for friendly matches, and I showed myself as a DFB selection once. It can create a mood,” he said.

With the US tour taking place at a point of high stress for the clubs, he added: “As far as the health of the players is concerned, this tour is questionable for me.” His conclusion: “We want to be. Fly to America with our own fans: I don’t know why people do this!

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On the other hand, DFB director Rudi Wöller thinks that “in view of the upcoming World Cup, it is important to be on site, hold talks and make contacts”. While the domestic European Championship 2024 is “at the heart of all our planning”, “it is part of professional preparation to tackle the following tournaments at an early stage to create optimal conditions there”.