World Cup warm-up

Germany announce pre-finals plan

January 15, 2010

Germany have unveiled their plan for the build-up to the 2010 World Cup by announcing the staging of two training camps in Italy and three warm-up matches.

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Joachim Low's team will first face Malta in Aachen on May 13 before the squadm jets out to Sicily for a week-long training camp, to which family members will also be invited, on May 14.

The squad will then transfer to Sudtirol in northern Italy from May 21 until June 2, during which time a friendly with Hungary has been arranged in Budapest on May 29.

Low's squad will return to Germany on June 2 in time for their final warm-up game against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Frankfurt 24 hours later, with the flight from the same city to Johannesburg scheduled for June 6.

"I am glad that we have been able to finalise our plans for the World Cup according to our wishes,'' commented Low. We will therefore be able to prepare for the World Cup in the best possible way.

"We have agreed warm-up matches with three interesting opponents and the two training camps in Sicily and Sudtirol will also provide us with attractive conditions to be able to concentrate on working specifically with the World Cup squad.''