Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Grindel, Löw, Bierhoff to attend World Cup draw, 29.11.2017

Joachim Löw will attend Friday’s World Cup draw (18:00 CET) at the Kremlin in Moscow, the third time in his capacity as Germany head coach. Six-and-a-half months or 195 days remain before Russia open next summer’s tournament at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium.

The DFB delegation will be led by its president Reinhard Grindel and will include Oliver Bierhoff, business manager of the German national team, as well as Georg Behlau and Ulrich Voigt, the heads of media and administration.

Reinhard Grindel said: “A World Cup draw in the Kremlin – what an experience it’ll be. All the same, the most important thing for us remains the result in Russia next year. Whoever we draw in the group, we’ll be represented by a highly talented team who want to win the World Cup for a fifth time.” Grindel will meet with German diplomats during their trip to discuss the DFB’s socio-political activities during the World Cup.” >[? In South Africa 2010, it was Australia, Serbia and Ghana; in 2014, it was Portugal, Ghana and the USA. This time, Diego Maradona, Carlos Puyol and a string of other footballing legends will decide the fate of the 32 teams at Russia 2018.

”We would like to be in an group of exciting football nations, but we’ll take whatever we get,” said Löw. “I really enjoy the World Cup draw because I get to meet my colleagues from all over the world. I’m on a tight schedule, but I’m still very much looking forward to meeting everyone again.”

The event in the Kremlin will be led by Gary Lineker, the World Cup 1986 top scorer, and the Russian sports journalist, Maria Komandnaja. World Cup winner Miroslav Klose will carry the trophy into the Kremlin. The all-time World Cup record goalscorer said, “It’s something special to present the trophy to Russia and the world at this ceremony, the trophy we fought so hard for in Brazil.”

29 November 2017
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