Do you remember the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2005? The beginning of a bromance! Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski rocked the stage.
Germany are not sending their best team to the Confed Cup, a tournament which German FA President Reinhard Grindel has described as "obsolete." However, there is still value in playing it, writes DW's Davis Van Opdorp.
Doping, human rights and freedom of the press are among social issues in Russia highlighted by Reinhard Grindel. The president of the German football association also cast doubts on the future of the Confederations Cup.
Most countries are bringing their best to Russia for this year's Confederations Cup, but not Germany. The squad selection from coach Joachim Löw made one thing clear - he is planning for next year's World Cup.
Joachim Löw has been dealt an early blow to preparations for the World Cup warmup in Russia. Leroy Sané, who made a big-money move to the Premier League from Schalke last season, had been a big part of Germany's plans.
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