Soccer

Germany takes on Ecuador in friendly

 

Special to The Miami Herald

German National Soccer team coach Joachim Löw said Tuesday that he is excited to see how his young players will perform in their friendly match against a veteran Ecuador squad.

“We are very prepared for this match, although Ecuador are one of the most disciplined teams I have ever encountered in my career.”

Löw, speaking to reporters, at the St. Regis in Bal Harbour, said his squad — ranked No. 2 in the world — has adjusted to the time change and has enjoyed their weekend in South Florida.

“We feel very good here in Miami. Aside from the difficult time change, we have enjoyed our stay so far. We love Miami,” Löw said.

The German team has been staying at the St. Regis, and practiced at Barry University. Teammates have also played beach volleyball, beach soccer, or swam.

Because of the Champions League final match between Dortmund and Bayern Munich that fell on Saturday — which Bayern won 2-1 — Löw called up his B-team which he calls “the new generation of German football.”

Some of these players aren’t even old enough to legally drink in the United States, yet they have been called up by one of the most historic soccer teams in the world. Joining the team is Julian Draxler, the 19-year star midfielder from Schalke 04, who just signed a $45million euro contract extension.

Though the B-team will make up most of the players on the pitch on Wednesday, there are some familiar faces: Arsenal’s Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker have tagged along, as well as Hamburg’s Rene Adler and Schalke 04’s Benedikt Höwedes.

“The big guys always bring positivity and guidance to the team,” Löw said. “I’m very pleased with all of my players right now.”

Wednesday’s match is at the FAU Stadium in Boca Raton. The game begins at 2:15 p.m. Tickets are still available via ticketmaster.com.

This Friday, the German team plays the U.S. National team in Washington D.C., pitting Jürgen Klinsmann, the current U.S. coach and former German National Team coach.

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