The 2015 summer for Bayern Munich players will not be as eventful as the last, but there are still some fixtures to get excited about. Several players Bayern are hoping can contribute to in the near future will have their chance to show their stuff in big youth tournaments. The European senior teams will also undertake the second half of their Euro qualifying campaigns, a time where points will be increasingly important to qualify for next summer's tournament.
Bayern will not dispatch as many players as they are used to, many getting a chance to rest and rehab injuries after a long and arduous season. The Bundesliga champions will still have a strong representation though, eight players suiting up in their country's colors as well as three loan players and impending arrivals giving it a go. Here is a breakdown of all the summer action to look forward too in international matches this summer.
Bayern in Qualifiers
The 19-year-old could have helped Denmark have a strong showing in the Euro U21 Championship, but manager Morten Olssen needs him for a key qualifier against Serbia. His strong season in Augsburg has made him Denmark's second best central midfielder behind Christian Eriksen, and how the two play together will go a long way in keeping Denmark near the top of their group. Højbjerg has looked tentative at times when wearing his national team colors, but with a good run of first team minutes under his belt, he may play with more command and confidence.
Matches: 6/10 vs. United States (Friendly), 6/13 @ Gibraltar (Euro Qualifier)
Group G Record: 3 W, 1 D, 1 L – 10 pts. (2nd)
Bayern Players: Jérome Boateng, Mario Götze, Bastian Schweinsteiger
As one can guess with the defending World Cup champions, the story revolving around Germany is who Joachim Löw did not call in rather than who he did. However, with an international friendly and a trip to tiny Gibraltar on the docket, the Germany gaffer does not need his A squad to get the results he wants. The three Bayern players he did call in will be important parts of Germany's spine. The most fascinating storyline will be if/where Mario Götze plays – if Löw will keep him as a winger or if the 22-year-old will once again play up top.
When Poland co-hosted the Euro Championship three years ago, they were certainly not a one-man team. They are slowly turning into one, which is causing Lewandowski to have chances suffocated away from him. Luckily for the Bayern striker, his former Dortmund mates Łukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski will be back in the team. Perhaps that will open up a few channels for him, but the Georgia national team know who to cover.
Matches: 6/10 vs. Costa Rica (Friendly), 6/14 @ Belarus (Euro Qualifier)
Group G Record: 4 W, 0 D, 1 L – 12 pts. (2nd)
Bayern Player: Juan Bernat
Even as his form tailed off at the end of the season, Bernat is now a consistent selection for Vicente del Bosque and La Roja. He still does not have a consistent spot in the team though, and Jordi Alba has not shown any sign of regressing anytime soon. That leaves Bernat as a late-match burst of energy for del Bosque, and it is not out of the question the Spain gaffer plays Bernat and Alba together at one point or another. Spain's friendly against Costa Rica will likely be where he gets his chance, and another start will depend on how fit Alba is after the Champions League final.
Bayern in Youth Tournaments
Puchegger is definitely not the first Austrian one thinks of at Bayern, neither is he the first Austrian one thinks of at Bayern II. That said, he is the only Austrian from Bayern in action this summer, and through two matches, Austria U20 is having an interesting FIFA U20 World Cup. He is not very involved thus far, Lukas Gugganig and Philipp Lienhart getting all the reps at center back. Austria still has a big match against Argentina to undertake, so unless Gugganig or Lienhart are not fit to play, he will likely be watching Austria progress from the bench.
Matches (Euro U21 Championship): 6/17 vs. Serbia, 6/20 vs. Denmark, 6/23 vs. Czech Republic
Bayern Player: Joshua Kimmich (Rasen Ballsport Leipzig)
Kimmich had a very impressive season at RB Leipzig, and is now trying to take his progressions as a player with him when he fights for a place in Germany's U21 team. He has loads of competition in midfield, including former academy product Emre Can, but Horst Hrubesch has not been against playing him as a right back to get him on the field. After failing to get out of the group stage, this is a big tournament for these players, and Kimmich will try to show Bayern he has what it takes to make the first team.
Matches (Euro U19 Championship): Draw on 6/9, Tournament 7/6-7/19
Bayern Players: Gianluca Gaudino, Marco Hingerl, Sinan Kurt (provisional)
The U19s is where Bayern's prospect strength lies, with two of the three players listed above appearing for the first team in 2015. Gaudino surely will have a spot, the 18-year-old set to take command of his team rather than defer in one with superstars. Hingerl's playing time will be sparse, if not non-existent, but he could provide a temperate attacking element to Oliver Sorg's team late in the match. They have yet to find out who their opponents will be, but with a small field and players with topflight experience, the defending champions are still favorites to take the crown again.
United States U23
Left in loan obscurity with the cockroaches of the Bundesliga, Green has accepted has embraced his role with the United States U23s. Getting ready for Olympic qualification, the United States is playing in the Toulon Tournament, with Green the primary option on the left flank. His attacking instinct is slowly building, and his raw skills are giving the United States several opportunities to score. Green will have one more match with the U23s, and will not participate in United States friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.
Other International Activities
Matches: 6/12 vs. Libya (Friendly)
Bayern Player: Medhi Benatia
Benatia's time with the Morocco National Team will be short and sweet, the Atlas Lions playing a friendly against Africa Cup of Nations qualifying group combatant Libya. He is the centerpiece of their defense, a sturdy structure which the entire spine of his team rests on. He is the one who pursues the opposing strikers, Issam El Adoua the more complementary player in Morocco's team. How much Badou Ezzaki will play Benatia will be an conundrum worth following, for the Morocco gaffer will not want his captain to sustain major injury before qualification starts.
This could be the swan song for Pizarro, who is out of contract with Bayern at the end of June. Peru is in perhaps the toughest group, having to face two of the three South American teams who reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Even at his advanced age, Pizarro will likely be the one leading the line, Ricardo Gareca with few options to put up top. He should have his long-time running mate Jefferson Farfán back in the team, which will make is job up top a little easier. He is among one of Peru's best players ever, and he will have a strong farewell if he does in fact decide to hang up his boots.