Germany officially qualify for Euro 2021... or is it Euro 2022 now? (DFB)
Following Ukraine’s 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland this week, Germany have officially qualified for Euro 2021... that was postponed due to COVID and will not take place until 2022.
The top teams in each group qualify for the tournament while the second place teams have to go to a playoff. Ireland’s loss means that they (nor Ukraine for that matter) can't catch and surpass Germany for the top spot in Group I.
“We are very happy about the early qualification for the European Championship. It remains our goal to win the last two games in this competition against Greece and Ireland,” head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said. “We want to finish the European Championship qualification without losing points.”
Germany still has two matches remaining in the group with a home match against Greece and a group-ending match away to the Republic of Ireland.
England cancels Germany friendly following COVID test (The FA)
The upcoming friendly between Germany and England has been canceled by the English federation following a positive COVID test from a member of the team’s backroom staff. Due to Germany’s restrictions on a 14-day quarantine for anyone in the country who tests positive for COVID, the English thought it best to cancel the match now.
“We are very grateful to the DFB for their cooperation and understanding and look forward to the possibility of a future fixture in healthier and safer times,” English FA CEO Mark Bullingham said.
The match, originally set to take place on Tuesday October 27th in Wiesbaden, is not currently planned to be rescheduled. Germany will end the camp early and let the players return to their clubs as this was the only match the Germans scheduled for this international break.
“We would have loved to have played against England, but will have to respect the FA’s decision,” head coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg said. “We know that we are living in uncertain times and that the pandemic can lead to there being unforeseen things happening.”
Gia Corley talks winning the Fritz Walter Medal (DFB)
Back in August, we found out that Bayern youth products Gia Corley and Torben Rhein won the silver award in the Fritz Walter Medal for 2020. The two talented players are considered two of Bayern’s brightest youth talents. Corley won the bronze in 2019.
Recently, while with Germany’s U-20 team, Corley spoke to the DFB about what it meant to win the award.
“We want to take the next step. The medal shows us that we are on the right track”, Corley said. “If things don’t go so well in the future, then we know why we were awarded the medal. Then, we can push each other when some players hang their heads.”
When it was pointed out that several current senior national team players like Alexandra Popp, Dzsenifer Marozsan, Linda Magull, and Melanie Leupolz previously won the award, Corley pointed out that, obviously, that’s the end goal for a player.
“When we started in the youth teams, we really wanted to play for the senior national team, but there was a still a long way to go for us. Now, it is becoming more and more realistic, and the medal motivates us even more because we are close. She gives us another extra kick.”
Glückwunsch Gia Corley!!! #FCBayern-Stürmerin und Nachwuchstalent Corley hat im Rahmen des #DFB-U20-Nationalmannschaftslehrgangs die Fritz-Walter-Medaille in Silber überreicht bekommen. pic.twitter.com/bDjH9FOl0S— FC Bayern Frauen (@FCBfrauen) October 24, 2020
AC Milan after former Bayern midfielder Vero Boquette (SoccerDonna)
Former Bayern Munich midfielder Vero Boquette is on the hot list for AC Milan over in Italy’s Serie A. The well-traveled Spanish international has played in a bunch of different countries throughout the world, but Italy hasn’t been a stop at this point.
She signed a two year contract with Bayern back in the summer of 2015; however, after an injury-shortened first season, Boquette left the Bavarians for Paris Saint-Germain.
Currently, Boquette plies her trade in the USA’s NWSL with the Utah Royals.